As conditions change, agency leaders “should revisit telework policies and agreements in order to continue progressing to normal operations or address changing conditions while retaining the needed flexibility during the response.”
Until agencies have resumed normal operations and risk is minimal, all agencies are “encouraged to maximize telework flexibilities to all eligible workers within those populations” that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified as being at higher risk for serious complications from COVID-19, the guidance states.
“Given the diversity of Federal workforce missions, geographic locations and the needs of individuals within the workforce itself, this transition will require continued diligence and flexibility from Federal agencies and the Federal workforce,” the guidance says. “Federal agencies are held to a high standard for continuing operations and services to the American public. To this end, agency leaders must continue to ensure continuity in delivery of Federal government services, protect the health and safety of the Federal workforce, and provide Federal government leadership and momentum as an impetus toward a broader national return to normalcy.”