Facing the prospects of another nightmare commute in the Northern Virginia region, the Office of Personnel Management has issued an alert to federal government employees and has extended the option to telecommute to work on February 1st. The storm system approaching the region later this evening is not expected to affect evening commutes, but will continue to generate precipitation through Wednesday.
The storm system will straddle a freeze line that will create highly variable precipitation in our area and may include ice, sleet, and freezing rain. In an official release the OPM said, “To protect the safety of Federal workers and our community, maintain continuity of operations and assist employees in planning accordingly, we are announcing for Tuesday, February 1 the option for unscheduled leave/telework.”
OPM Director John Berry said, “The safety of Federal employees and our community is our top priority,” adding that, “This early announcement gives employees and managers the flexibility to stay safe and keep our government working.”
Federal employees are advised to monitor the situation closely. The Office of Personnel Management has stated that they will update the operating status as needed and appropriate. Updates will be available at www.opm.gov.