GSA: No, you can’t sleep at work

The General Services Administration is posting a proposed rule to make what you probably thought was the rule, anyway: No sleeping is allowed in your federal workspace.

The GSA’s rule is published under the title, Federal Management Regulation; Sleeping in Federal Buildings, on the Federal Register website—and will be available for comment there.

“This bulletin reaffirms that sleeping in buildings under the jurisdiction, custody or control of GSA, including those buildings delegated to other Federal agencies by the Administrator of General Services, is prohibited, except when expressly authorized by an agency official,” the rule states. “Sleeping may be authorized if the person is directed by a supervisor to remain

in the building to conduct official government business and it is necessary for the person to sleep on the premises or, in the case of an emergency where there is imminent danger to human life or property, where persons are directed to shelter-in place.”

The GSA has noted that the new regulation should clear up any confusion, as current law and regulations were not as explicit in banning the practice—and some employees may have engaged in it under some false impression that it was permissible.


Reader comments

Tue, Nov 26, 2019

There was some dude who was kicked out by his wife and slept for a couple of weeks in his gov't office...until they caught him and found out he was crazy.

Tue, Nov 19, 2019

If you're off the clock on your lunch break it SHOULD be a non issue. But when things are slow bureaucrats have to invent thing to do. Like make up arbitrary rules. How about WASTE ABUSE FRAUD. 4 letter words to GSA who is more guilty than anyone in those three categories.

Wed, Nov 13, 2019

I worked with a guy who would take a nap at noon on his lunch break for an hour, setting his phone to wake him. How is that anyone's business. Yet this rule would prevent that. Seems pretty arbitrary.

Wed, Nov 13, 2019

If you have hypersomnia or narcolepsy that is properly documented, you could get a reasonable accommodation if you put in for one. If you're just lazy and saying you have it, then...hit the bricks.

Fri, Nov 8, 2019

As long as I'm paying your salary individual this individual thinks they pay 100% of their salary. wake up and smell the roses, in the private sector many people are napping at their desks, just call a service center and find out how awake the" private sector" is at that moment. A real ignorant misinformed individual has provided meaningless stupid and noxious fumes. Please listen to the right wing radio shows, you will spend more of your awake time being so productive.

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