OPM Encourages Use of Telework During Metro Project

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By on May 22, 2019 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Metro station sign at the Braddock Road station

The Office of Personnel Management has issued a memo encouraging federal agencies to make use of workplace flexibilities including telework and alternative work schedules in light of the upcoming work on the Metro lines.

About the Project

The Platform Improvement Project is a three year project to reconstruct platforms at Metro stations.

Closures will begin this summer and will require the complete shutdown of six blue and yellow line stations (Braddock Road, King Street, Eisenhower Ave, Huntington, Van Dorn Street, and Franconia-Springfield) for platform reconstruction. It is scheduled to take place from May 25, 2019 to September 8, 2019.

According to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority:

The station closures are part of Metro’s three-year Platform Improvement Project that will completely reconstruct the outdoor platforms at 20 Metrorail stations, making platforms safer and more accessible for customers with disabilities, while also addressing safety concerns and longstanding structural issues.

OPM’s Memo

OPM said in the memo that it “is strongly encouraging agencies to allow affected employees to utilize various workplace flexibilities throughout the upcoming Project, including telework and alternative work schedules.”

The agency also updated its guidance for telework and alternative work schedules for the project.

Copies of OPM’s revised guidance from its original memo are included below.

OPM Guidance on Telework/AWS for 2019 Metro Project

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