Administration urges agencies to minimize face-to-face contact

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.

Reader comments

Mon, Mar 23, 2020 tsa

clerk-ed, Thank you for your support. You made me stronger and smarter than the virus. I am not no fool. We can do beat the virus.

Mon, Mar 23, 2020 clerk - ed

Yes, clerk-tsa. I agreed with you. Don't let the virus stop you for run your life down. Be stronger, and smarter. Don't let the virus control you.

Fri, Mar 20, 2020

If you are nonessential at the jobsite: Stay away from work!

Thu, Mar 19, 2020 clerk -tsa

I don't do telework. Supervisors need to send their sick workers home immediately. Also, provide a Dr.'note as well when return to your job/works. No Scott free. Too many sick people in the office/building. Healthy people should come to work at the office/building or either telework. Supervisors need to keep close eyes on their teleworkers. Some teleworks are not trustworthy!!!

Thu, Mar 19, 2020

About time!

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above

2020 Digital Almanac

Stay Connected

Latest Forum Posts

Ask the Expert

Have a question regarding your federal employee benefits or retirement?

Submit a question