Feds’ return to workplace will be staggered
- By FederalSoup Staff
- May 21, 2020
As portions of the country’s workforce are returning to actual worksites -- with all 50 states now reducing COVID-19 restrictions to some degree -- federal employees will not be notified of a single “return-to-the-office” day, according to a GovExec report.
Most feds already have detected an ongoing agency-by-agency, office-by-office approach characterizing a generally slow return to federal workplace. An Office of Management and Budget official said reopening of government offices will unfold over several weeks.
Management calls for return-to-work, at the usual worksites, will occur on a “mission needs” basis, OMB said. National security workers requiring access to secured data or a specific facility, in some cases, could be summoned back sooner.
Factors beyond workplace safety are also in play, such as availability of daycare, as well local restrictions. In Washington, D.C., a federal “maximum telework” status may remain in place for some time, especially given the city’s government extension of a “stay at home” order through June 8.