Feds may take unscheduled leave Wednesday
Federal employees in the Washington area will once again be able to take unscheduled leave or work from home Wednesday as winter storms continue to cross the region.
In an e-mail, Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry said he would permit federal workers in the region to take the unscheduled leave or to telework if necessary. No decision has been made on Wednesday's operating status -- whether to delay the opening of federal offices or to close -- and a final decision will be either later tonight or early Wednesday, Berry said.
"These decisions are made carefully with input from expert meteorologists from the [National Weather Service] and with operating officials across the region," Berry said in his e-mail to The Federal Eye.
"As to this morning, I would like to especially commend our Trasportation officials and road crews who worked through the night to pre treat road surfaces and allow for this morning's on time operating status.
Berry bases his decision to open or close on the conclusions of an early-morning conference call with dozens of local, regional and state transportation and law enforcement officials to review road conditions, Metro's operating status and the impending forecast.
In this case, forecasters are predicting ice to the north and west of Washington, with the possibility that the weather will move more south closer to D.C.
"Because this impact could affect many Federal workers commuting from these regions or areas, I believe that it is prudent to allow workers who live in these affected areas the increased flexibility and choice to address what may be a rapidly changing situation overnight and in the early morning hours," Berry said. "We are not mandating telework or leave - only allowing affected or concerned Federal workers the option."
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