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OPM: Feds should consider telework on anniversary of King's 'I Have a Dream' speech

Aug. 26, 2013 - 03:18PM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments
Elaine Kaplan, acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, said employees should consider teleworking, rearranging their work schedules or even taking annual leave on Aug. 28 to avoid commuting delays.
Elaine Kaplan, acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, said employees should consider teleworking, rearranging their work schedules or even taking annual leave on Aug. 28 to avoid commuting delays. ()

Federal employees in Washington may want to telework Wednesday to avoid traffic congestion caused by the 50th anniversary celebrations of the “I Have a Dream” speech by Martin Luther King Jr., according to a top federal official.

Elaine Kaplan, acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, said in a memo to agency chief human capital officers Aug. 23 that employees should consider teleworking, rearranging their work schedules or even taking annual leave on Aug. 28, when many celebrations and events are scheduled to commemorate the occasion.

“Due to the increase in traffic, road closures, and related commuting disruptions on this day, Federal employees who work in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area should expect significant commuting delays and travel disruptions,” Kaplan said.

She said employees who do travel to work that day should plan for longer commutes.

“Employees who can be spared from their duties may also request to adjust their work schedule and use their alternative work schedule day off or take annual leave, leave without pay, and/or previously earned compensatory time off or earned credit hours under a flexible work schedule,” she said.

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