|Strategic Management of Human Capital||Employment and Benefits|
November 28, 2001
Attached are the Office of Personnel Management�s (OPM�s)
newly revised �Washington, DC, Area Dismissal or Closure Procedures.�
procedures will apply in situations that prevent significant numbers of
employees in the Washington, DC, area from reporting for work on time or which
require agencies to close all or part of their activities, including adverse weather
conditions (snow emergencies, severe icing conditions, floods, earthquakes, and
hurricanes) and other disruptions of Government operations (air pollution,
disruption of power and/or water, interruption of public transportation, etc.).
Federal Executive Boards and Federal Executive Associations have
established similar dismissal or closure procedures in other major metropolitan
You may download a copy of the newly
revised �Washington, DC, Area Dismissal or Closure Procedures� from OPM�s web
site at http://www.opm.gov/oca/compmemo/dismissal.asp.
�Delayed Arrival� and �Early Dismissal� Policies
simplified the procedures associated with disruptions both before and after the
workday begins. A �delayed arrival� policy will be announced in those situations
that require Federal agencies to open later than normal, and employees will be
directed to plan to arrive at work not more than a specified number of hours
later than they would normally arrive. An
�early dismissal� policy will be
announced when Federal agencies must close for the remainder of a workday.
Need for Coordinated Action
These procedures were developed over a
period of many years in consultation with the Metropolitan Washington Council of
Governments. As in the past, the
attached procedures are based on the principle that the business of the Federal
Government is vital to serving the public everywhere. Agencies should avoid
independent action in the event of area-wide work disruptions because any
changes in the working hours of Federal employees in this area must be
coordinated carefully with municipal and regional officials in order to minimize
disruption of the highway and mass transit systems.
Announcements of the current weather
status and/or the status of Government operations will be available on OPM�s
web site at http://www.opm.gov.
Recorded messages on operating status also will be provided by OPM�s
Office of Communications on (202) 606-1900.
For more information on OPM�s announcements on the status of Government operations, please contact OPM�s Office of Communications on (202) 606-1900 or by FAX on (202) 606-2264 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on excused absence, leave, and work scheduling policies, please contact OPM�s Office of Compensation Administration on (202) 606-2858 or by FAX on (202) 606-0824 or email at email@example.com.
Last Modified: 2:39:15 PM on Wednesday, August 20, 2003