Personnel Management Office Tweaks Language, Use Of Telework | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Personnel Management Office Tweaks Language, Use Of Telework

Play associated audio

The federal government's Office of Personnel Management is changing the language it uses when notifying federal employees of its status during bad weather.

What used to be referred to by the federal government as "open with unscheduled leave" will now be classified as "open with unscheduled leave or an unscheduled telework day," for employees with a telework agreement. What was once called simply "closed" is now referred to as "closed to the public."

Jerome Mickowicz of OPM says the new designations now mean emergency personnel must report and those with an agreement to telework from home must do so.

"Now we will also allow people to take a day of unscheduled telework as long as that telework is provided for in a telework agreement, and the agency has a policy to permit this," Mickowicz says.

He says the new language affects about 300,000 federal employees who work inside the Beltway.

Those agencies outside the Beltway, such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg and the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda decide on closures on their own, though they usually follow the OPM's lead.

NPR

A Puzzle Full Of Air

Every answer today is a word starting with the letters A-R, which you will identify from its anagram. For example, given AR plus ROB, the answer would be "arbor."
NPR

Will Environmentalists Fall For Faux Fish Made From Plants?

A handful of chefs and food companies are experimenting with fish-like alternatives to seafood. But the market is still a few steps behind plant-based products for meat and dairy.
NPR

Republicans Gather To Galvanize, Share Ideas At 'Freedom Summit'

On Saturday, prominent Republicans from across the country headed to Iowa for the annual Freedom Summit, which supports "pro-growth economics, social conservatism and a strong national defense."
NPR

3 Voices, 1 Threat: Personal Stories Of Cyberhacking

In President Obama's State of the Union address, he gave fresh emphasis to a problem that has been in the headlines: cybersecurity. In For The Record: three personal stories of security breaches.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.