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OPM Forms Interagency Council to Prep Feds for Metro Maintenance Overhaul

As the Washington, DC subway system prepares to undergo a massive, system-wide maintenance overhaul, the Office of Personnel Management devised a strategy to keep employee productivity up while their means of transportation are temporarily interrupted.

“OPM has established an interagency working group, through the Chief Human Capital Officers Council, to assess the potential impact on federal employees and agency operations in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area,” said Beth Cobert, acting OPM director in a memo sent to agency officials May 20. “The responsibility of this group is to discuss agency concerns, develop options and share agency best practices for maintaining productivity and continuity of operations during this project.”

OPM recommended agencies review their flexible work policies, in addition to updating existing telework agreements and establishing new agreements with employees ahead of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) service disruptions.

The Metro maintenance plan involves periodic shutdowns and reduced service along certain portions of the Metrorail from June 6, 2016 until March 19, 2017.

The memo from OPM came soon after Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld issued an internal memo to Metro employees stating more than a dozen Metro managers were fired, seven of them senior leadership, and to expect more layoffs in the near future.

As the maintenance on the metro system evolves, OPM said it will rely upon the working group to provide updated and additional guidelines to federal staff.

Additionally, OPM will seek out the feedback and recommendations of federal employee labor unions and other employee groups.

Posted in General News

Tags: OPM, telework, flexible schedule employees, wmata, metro

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