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OPM tweaks snow-closure policy, with added push for telework

With the official start of winter just two weeks away, the Office of Personnel Management is tweaking its closure and dismissal guidelines. The updated policy changes the way OPM will communicate delayed arrivals and continues to call on agencies to ensure all federal employees who are telework-ready actually do so when OPM gives the say-so during inclement weather.

Tags: OPM , workforce , Brenda Roberts , Jack Moore

Thursday - 12/05/2013, 01:23pm EST

New snow plan: This time for sure?

Ever since Washington, D.C., became the nation's capital government officials have wrestled without much success with what to do with government workers when it snows, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Yesterday, Uncle Sam got to do a first test of a new government snow plan. So, how did it fare?

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , Federal Report , OPM ,

Thursday - 02/09/2012, 02:00am EST

Washington freezes, San Diego sneezes

When there is a major weather event in the Washington, D.C., area, feds in other cities watch, in horror and/or amusement. Like Monday when OPM tested its brand-new foul weather policy, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: OPM , workforce , pay and benefits , Mike Causey , Federal Report

Wednesday - 01/25/2012, 02:00am EST

OPM online training course aims to make telework more accessible

The Office of Personnel Management has updated the telework training offered through Telework.gov. Agencies must provide telework training to employees who are able and willing to work outside the office before the two parties sign a telework agreement. The upgrades will allow agencies to track which employees use and complete the training, according to the memo.

Tags: telwork , Telework Enhancement Act , workforce , OPM , John Berry , Emily Kopp , training

Monday - 01/23/2012, 04:05pm EST

Are feds prepared to shovel it?

When it comes to shoveling it, official Washington is years ahead of anybody else. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says this applies to snow-day policy matters too.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , management , OPM ,

Friday - 12/30/2011, 02:00am EST

OPM takes 'lessons-learned' approach on new snow policy

Dean Hunter, the deputy director of facilities, security and contracting at OPM, said the new emergency dismissal policy has earned plaudits from state and local emergency officials. The new policy, which was spurred by last winter's unexpected snowstorm includes a range of new dismissal options.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Dean Hunter , OPM , emergency dismissal , management

Wednesday - 12/14/2011, 08:35pm EST
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OPM rolls out changes to snow policy

Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry announced a new set of dismissal and closure notifications for federal employees. The meat of the changes allow for staggered early departure with a final departure time, immediate departure and shelter-in-place.

Tags: John Berry , OPM , snow , Emily Kopp , Michael OConnell

Thursday - 12/01/2011, 01:03pm EST
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OPM's proposed snow policy: Stay or go when we say so

Employees would have to leave when OPM tells them to or stay in their buildings until OPM says it's safe to leave, under a proposed new snow policy.

Tags: OPM , telework , Washington Post , workforce

Wednesday - 11/02/2011, 04:35pm EDT
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How cold is too cold for recess?

Old-timers tell youngsters how they used to walk to school uphill, both ways, in blinding snow. Soon, they might add recess to their tales of less pampered days of yore.

Tags: recess , Montgomery County Public Schools , Fairfax County Public Schools , temperatures , winter , snow , snow closing , school , Kate Ryan , Paul D. Shinkman

Wednesday - 01/19/2011, 11:34am EST

Arlington says clear your sidewalks or pay up

Arlington County is proposing a permanent snow removal ordinance after the Blizzard of 2010.

Tags: Arlington County , snow , snow removal , Virginia , shovel , snow plows

Sunday - 04/25/2010, 02:33pm EDT
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