Administration urges agencies to minimize face-to-face contact
- By Sherkiya Wedgeworth
- Mar 18, 2020
In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, while also ensuring that government operations continue, the administration is asking all agency leaders to reduce face-to-face interactions, especially at offices that serve vulnerable populations.
Acting Office of Management and Budget Director Russell Vought in March 17 memo to heads of departments and agencies, said, “The government must thoughtfully manage all our resources in a way that aligns with our desired outcome of slowing the transmission of COVID-19,” adding, “This aggressive posture may affect government operations as agencies work to balance the needs of mission-critical work and greater social distancing.”
He and the administration are calling for agencies to encourage its clients to delay non-critical transactions; identify any transportation limitations that could impact services; maximize telework for federal workers; streamline regulations and approval processes for critical services; and ensure that policies and procedures restrict individuals infected with, or at higher risk for serious illness from, COVID-19 from accessing their facilities, among other efforts.
The aim is to ensure that agencies still able to deliver mission critical functions and other essential government services, such as border protection, mail delivery, air traffic control, medical services and tax collection, he said.
Read the full guidance here.