Federal Workforce: Key Considerations for Agencies Returning Employees to Workplaces During Pandemics, Statement of J. Christopher Mihm, Managing Director, Strategic Issues, Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Government Operations, Committee on Oversight and Reform, House of Representatives [open pdf - 203KB]
From the Document: "Federal employees perform critical functions across multiple mission areas, from those vital to the long-term well-being of the country to those directly charged with aspects of public safety. Major emergencies, such as the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic, can pose threats to employees' safety and conditions may ebb and flow over an extended period. During these situations, federal agencies have a responsibility to provide an environment for employees to perform their jobs safely and effectively. This statement provides (1) key considerations based on GAO's [Government Accountability Office] prior work for federal agencies as federal workers reenter the workplace; (2) an illustrative example of how the Census Bureau was forced to suspend major Decennial Census field operations and the process it used to resume operations; and (3) key practices for ensuring telework contributes to continuity of operations. This statement is based on a large body of GAO work on pandemic preparedness, reviews of the Decennial Census, and federal human capital management issued from July 2003 through June 2020."
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