Feds urged to telework during nuclear summit
Officials are urging nonessential federal workers who work in downtown Washington to take leave, telework or work at an alternate site in the suburbs Monday and Tuesday when President Obama's big nuclear safety summit is expected to tie up downtown traffic.
Federal agencies will open and operate as normal on Monday, but the Office of Personnel Management is encouraging federal bosses to grant flexibility and time off if workers feel they won't be able to make it into work in a timely manner.
"Employees who must report to work sites in downtown Washington, D.C., will likely need to allow extra time for travel to and from work whether by private vehicle or public transportation," OPM Director John Berry said in a memo to federal human resources officials on Wednesday night.
Berry also urged workers to carpool and use public transportation if they don't normally take the bus or subway.
And if agencies can't grant those flexibilities, Berry said nonessential workers may request annual leave, leave without pay, or burn off other earned time off.
Next week's nuclear meetings will create the largest security curtain since President Obama's inauguration, starting Sunday evening around the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The meetings will detour 13 bus routes, cause Metro's Green and Yellow line trains to bypass the Mount Vernon Square Metro station and shut down portions of New York and Massachusetts avenues.
Residents living near the convention center will have to show photo ID to reach their homes, and they and their guests -- and anything they are carrying -- will be screened, according to the Secret Service.
So with temperatures expected in the high 60s next Monday and Tuesday, will you take days off or work through the commuter headaches?
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