Federal agencies learned Thursday that they may approve an employee’s request for leave or other time off from work Friday, April 8 to participate in the observance of Pope John Paul’s funeral service.
Office of Personnel Management Acting Director Dan G. Blair sent a memo to the heads of executive departments and agencies giving the liberal leave approval.
An employee may request annual leave, leave without pay, regular compensatory time off, or compensatory time off for religious observances to take part in the observance of the Pope’s funeral. If compensatory time off for religious observances is approved, the employee must schedule the hours during which he or she will work to make up the time the employee is absent from work on Friday. In addition, employees on alternative work schedules (AWS) may schedule their AWS day off or use credit hours (if applicable).
Services for the Pope will be held throughout the day Friday.