OPM cautions on Zika risks for traveling feds

The Office of Personnel Management told agency managers to be mindful of Zika virus risks for employees who travel frequently.

 “With the worldwide mobility of the Federal workforce, agencies should monitor this situation closely,” noted a March 7 memo from OPM acting Director Beth Cobert. “We urge supervisors and managers to be mindful of the health risks in determining the need for work-related travel to Zika-affected areas.”

OPM also recommended using alternative means of completing face-to-face work, such as teleconferencing, when appropriate.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) already has published guidelines for individuals living in or traveling to areas with ongoing Zika virus transmission, the memo noted.

“Supervisors should carefully consider requests from employees who wish to opt out of this travel, and/or solicit qualified volunteers if travel is necessary,” OPM said. 

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