Feds’ return to workplace will be staggered

As portions of the country’s workforce are returning to actual worksites -- with all 50 states now reducing COVID-19 restrictions to some degree -- federal employees will not be notified of a single “return-to-the-office” day, according to a GovExec report.

Most feds already have detected an ongoing agency-by-agency, office-by-office approach characterizing a generally slow return to federal workplace. An Office of Management and Budget official said reopening of government offices will unfold over several weeks.

Management calls for return-to-work, at the usual worksites, will occur on a “mission needs” basis, OMB said. National security workers requiring access to secured data or a specific facility, in some cases, could be summoned back sooner.

Factors beyond workplace safety are also in play, such as availability of daycare, as well local restrictions. In Washington, D.C., a federal “maximum telework” status may remain in place for some time, especially given the city’s government extension of a “stay at home” order through June 8.

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Tue, May 26, 2020 New Mexico

We have been given until October before we need to report back to the office. And if we have someone that is vulnerable (in our household or even ourselves), we can stay out any longer

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