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Some federal buildings closed after 5.9-magnitude earthquake, OPM grants excused absence, telework

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UPDATED 9:55 a.m.: More than a dozen federal buildings in the Washington area, including the Interior Department’s headquarters on C Street, are closed today following the 5.9- magnitude earthquake that rocked the east coast Tuesday afternoon.

“Emergency employees are expected to report for work on time,” regardless of their building being closed, according to an update posted on the Office of Personnel Management’s website, which includes a list of all building closures as of 1:50 a.m. (A list of building closures is also included below).

Employees working at buildings that are open will have the option of unscheduled leave and unscheduled telework, OPM said.

Here are guidelines for non-emergency employees if your building is closed:

  • Non-emergency employees (including employees on pre-approved paid leave) will be granted excused absence (administrative leave) for the number of hours they were scheduled to work, unless–
    • The employee is required to telework by his or her agency’s official policy as reflected in his or her written telework agreement;
    • The employee works or is on official travel outside of the Washington, DC area;
    • The employee is on leave without pay (LWOP); or
    • The employee is on an alternative work schedule (AWS) day off.

OPM has directed workers to check with their supervisors and on agency websites to see if their building has been opened and for further guidance.

Building closures:

  • U.S. DRUG ADMINISTRATION
    • FOREST SERVICE, USDA YATES BUILDING
      WASHINGTON, DC
  • INDEPENDENT US GOVERNMENT OFFICES
    • NATIONAL BUILDING MUSEUM
      5TH & F STREETS, NW
      WASHINGTON, DC
  • DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
    • AGRICULTURE SOUTH
      14TH & INDEPENDENCE AVE SW
      WASHINGTON, DC
  • DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
    • NEBRASKA AVENUE COMPLEX
      BLDG 1
      WASHINGTON, DC
    • NEBRASKA AVENUE COMPLEX
      BLDG 19
      WASHINGTON, DC
  • DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
    • DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR HQ
      1849 C. ST, NW
      WASHINGTON, DC
    • DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR SOUTH
      1951 CONSTITUTION AVE, NW
      WASHINGTON, DC

VIRGINIA

  • DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
    • BUILDING A, 6810
      FRANCONIA, VA

MARYLAND

  • OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
    • ONE WHITE FLINT NORTH
      11555 ROCKVILLE PIKE
      BETHESDA, MD
  • ARCHIVES
    • WASH NAT RECORDS CT
      4205 SUITLAND RD
      SUITLAND, MD
UPDATE: The following buildings are no longer listed as closed on OPM’s operating status site, as of 8 a.m.:
  • DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
    • HUBERT HUMPHREY BLDG
      200 INDEPENDENCE AVE
      WASHINGTON, DC
  • DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
    • FRANCES PERKINS BLDG
      200 CONSTITUTION AVE NW
      WASHINGTON, DC
  • NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS
    • POST OFFICE OLD
      1100 PENNSYLVANIA AVE, NW
      WASHINGTON, DC
  • DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
    • 8401 MUIRKIRK RD
      LAUREL, MD

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