Although 2017 is still a few days away, those in the IT community are already sensing unmistakable signs of change. With new policies and IT deadlines on the horizon – not to mention a new administration – next year all but guarantees unprecedented change.
Federal employees will kick off the year on Jan. 16 with an unusual schedule: a three-day workweek with specific instructions from OPM to telework. OPM recently announced the week of Jan. 16-20 as a three-day workweek for DC-area federal employees, due to two holidays – Martin Luther King Day and the Presidential Inauguration – falling within the same week. DC Metropolitan Police, National Guard, and OPM anticipate large crowds for the Inauguration and predict significant commuting delays and widespread travel disruptions as a result. Mass transit changes, motorcades and impenetrable security perimeters will add to the list of obstacles impeding federal employees from easily traveling in and out of the District. To circumvent these challenges, OPM is advising agencies to use their workplace flexibility procedures and allow employees to telework on the three workdays of Jan.17-19.