Publication Date



[Excerpt] Federal executive branch departments and agencies have available to them various human resources management flexibilities which can be utilized in emergency situations, such as those which resulted from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and which could occur during a pandemic influenza outbreak. The Office of Personnel Management has issued guidance on these flexibilities, which supplements the basic policies governing staffing, compensation, leave sharing, and telework in Title 5 of the United States Code. Legislation (S. 1000, H.R. 4106, and a provision in H.R. 3221) to enhance telework in the federal government is pending in the 110th Congress.


Suggested Citation
Schwemle, B. L. (2008). Federal employees: Human resources management flexibilities in emergency situations (RS22264). Washington, DC: Congressional Research Service.

A more recent version of this report can be found here: