Clinton orders time off for preventive health screenings

Federal workers with limited sick leave will have up to four hours of paid time off each year for preventive health check-ups, President Clinton announced last week. Clinton issued his order in a memorandum that also directed agencies to notify federal workers that various leave and alternative work options may be used for preventive health screenings. Additionally, Clinton called on agencies to offer more preventive screenings through worksite health units and fitness centers. "For a simple investment of a few hours per employee, significant improvements in the health and well-being of the entire federal workforce will be the ultimate result," said Office of Personnel Management director Janice Lachance. OPM will help agencies to carry out the directive. Clinton's order provides workers entitled to less than 80 hours of accrued sick leave with an excused absence of up to four hours each year to obtain preventive health screenings. The Federal Employee Health Benefits Program covers preventive screenings for prostate, cervical, colorectal and breast cancer as well as sickle cell anemia, lead and cholesterol levels. Clinton issued his memorandum to mark the enactment of the Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Act. OPM provides a guide to preventative health services on its Web site.
Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Forecasting Cloud's Future

    Conversations with Federal, State, and Local Technology Leaders on Cloud-Driven Digital Transformation

    Download
  • The Big Data Campaign Trail

    With everyone so focused on security following recent breaches at federal, state and local government and education institutions, there has been little emphasis on the need for better operations. This report breaks down some of the biggest operational challenges in IT management and provides insight into how agencies and leaders can successfully solve some of the biggest lingering government IT issues.

    Download
  • Communicating Innovation in Federal Government

    Federal Government spending on ‘obsolete technology’ continues to increase. Supporting the twin pillars of improved digital service delivery for citizens on the one hand, and the increasingly optimized and flexible working practices for federal employees on the other, are neither easy nor inexpensive tasks. This whitepaper explores how federal agencies can leverage the value of existing agency technology assets while offering IT leaders the ability to implement the kind of employee productivity, citizen service improvements and security demanded by federal oversight.

    Download
  • IT Transformation Trends: Flash Storage as a Strategic IT Asset

    MIT Technology Review: Flash Storage As a Strategic IT Asset For the first time in decades, IT leaders now consider all-flash storage as a strategic IT asset. IT has become a new operating model that enables self-service with high performance, density and resiliency. It also offers the self-service agility of the public cloud combined with the security, performance, and cost-effectiveness of a private cloud. Download this MIT Technology Review paper to learn more about how all-flash storage is transforming the data center.

    Download
  • Ongoing Efforts in Veterans Health Care Modernization

    This report discusses the current state of veterans health care

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.