Some D.C.-area agencies not complying with OPM’s telework guidance for Metrorail project

Despite the Office of Personnel Management’s efforts to encourage telework for federal employees affected by an upcoming project on the Washington, D.C. Metrorail system, some agencies have been reluctant to grant such flexibility, Government Executive reports.

In late May, OPM issued guidance to encouraging agencies to give feds in the D.C. metro area expanded use of telework, alternative work schedules and other flexibilities to avoid disruption of a three-month closure of certain Metrorail stations that began on Memorial Day, but some agencies seem to have ignored the guidance and have not made any such efforts, according to the report.

The Health and Human Services Department, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, the Department of Agriculture, and Education Department are among agencies who have either limited or not expanded telework at all, the article notes, adding that OASH actually implemented a cut in remote work the same week of OPM’s guidance.

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Mon, Jul 1, 2019

In the big outfit in Bethesda, management minions use the teleworking excuse rather than using annual leave. This is rampant and goes unchecked because most of the management there is corrupt, dirty and will professionally damage any employee who has concerns about their activities. See if the no fear act will work. Answer, absolutely not.

Wed, Jun 19, 2019

No One has SCIF space in their homes. No one has the ability to work on collateral material in their home. Telework is not a panacea.

Mon, Jun 17, 2019

OPM can't even get the DOE to let federal employees to ability to get the lower Metro parking rate when using their metrocard. Incompetence lives well in the federal government.

Fri, Jun 14, 2019

This article makes it sound like a bad thing and fails to look at the other side. Agencies need to consider mission, workload and other factors in determining work policies and need to look at impact on an individual, case-by-case basis. How about looking into and reporting/consideringof the "disruption"? Not everyone travels on Metrorail and those that travel Metrorail are not automatically impacted by the closures. Surprisingly, Metrorail has instituted buses and free parking that has actually shortened commute times for some and reduced commuting costs.

Fri, Jun 14, 2019 mm

USDA removed almost all telework when Perdue took over. For some reason, conservatives think folks who aren't in the office aren't working. Maybe it's due to their own personal work habits. I dunno.

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