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