OPM Encourages Federal Agencies to Let Employees Work from Home During Pope’s Visit
The Pope’s visit to Washington, D.C. is expected to bring increased traffic, road closures, detours and crowded trains and buses.
For that reason, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is encouraging federal agencies to let employees in our area telework.
“To help alleviate traffic congestion and minimize distraction to law enforcement and security officials, agencies are urged to permit employees to use their workplace flexibility options,” wrote OPM Acting Director Beth Cobert in a Sept. 1 memo.”Employees who can be spared from their duties may also request to adjust their work schedule and use their alternative work schedule day off or take annual leave, leave without pay, and/or previously earned compensatory time off or earned credit hours under a flexible work schedule.”
President Obama will welcome Pope Francis to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area from Tuesday, Sept. 22 – Thursday, Sept. 24. The federal government will remain open during the Pope’s three-day visit.
In this MyMCMedia Extra video, Pastor Fangmeyer recalls meeting Pope John Paul II.
Montgomery County residents were among the thousands who flocked to Washington, D.C. in hopes of seeing Pope Francis. MyMCMedia’s Sonya Burke reports it was a “mission of love.”
Montgomery County Council President George Leventhal attended the papal mass on Sept. 23 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Leventhal, along with wife Soraia, said Pope Francis speaks with conviction and added he “loved” to hear his remarks in Spanish. “As someone who is not Catholic, I’m moved and impressed that […]
When Pope Francis addressed a joint meeting of Congress, he became the first Pope to speak in the House Chamber. After the Pope’s historic speech, Congressman John Delaney released a statement, noting that “the Pope’s message is bigger than politics.” Read Delaney’s entire statement, below: “Pope Francis delivered a message of compassion, unity and hope […]
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan met with Pope Francis today and received a blessing. “It was an incredible honor to meet His Holiness Pope Francis today in Washington and receive his blessings on behalf of all cancer patients,” Hogan said. “My faith, like the faith of countless other patients like me, gives me strength to defeat […]
The day began early for parishioners at Saint Michael the Archangel in Silver Spring on Wednesday. The crowd filled the church at six a.m. then traveled to Washington D.C. to see Pope Francis greeting thousands of people. “Coming here and just enjoying being Catholic and getting to see the leader of our church and just […]
Pope Francis visits St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in D.C. and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington at 11:15 a.m. on Sept. 24th. Watch the video, below: Related:
U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) said today that she is among a bipartisan, bicameral group of Members of Congress who will serve on a Papal Escort Committee during Pope Francis’s historic address to a Joint Session of Congress. Prior to the Pope’s address, Senator Mikulski and members of the Papal Escort Committee will greet […]
Pope Francis addresses a Joint Session of Congress at 9:20 a.m. on Sept. 24th. Watch the video, below: Related:
As Pope Francis greeted well wishers outside the Apostolic Nunciature, he asked the President of Georgetown Prep to pray for him. The special moment was captured on video. Take a look: Fr. Pilarz, Georgetown Prep's president, greeted Pope Francis outside the Apostolic Nunciature this morning. "Pray for me," Pope Francis said. "Don't forget." Posted by […]