Officials Provide Information for Employees Victimized by Flood
By Army Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, June 20, 2008 Defense Department officials have issued information to assist federal employees and agencies affected by the recent flooding throughout the Midwest and Mississippi River Valley, military officials said.
“Our Defense Department employees are a valued resource and an essential part of our total forces,” said Marilee Fitzgerald, principal director of the Office of the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Civilian Personnel Policy. “The department is committed to doing all that we can do to assist our civilian work force during this difficult and challenging time.”
Information on flexibilities currently available -- such as family support, telework and emergency hiring -- are on the department’s Civilian Personnel Management Service Web site at www.cpms.osd.mil/disasters/. The site also includes a link to an Office of Personnel Management handbook on pay and leave benefits for federal employees affected by severe weather or other emergencies.
The handbook contains information on salary advances to employees ordered to evacuate for safety reasons, excused absence with pay, travel and subsistence payments, and various pay contingencies, officials said.
Families can call the department’s emergency employee toll-free phone number, 888-363-4872, to ask questions regarding their employment and to update their employing components of their conditions. Employees also can provide the information by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, officials said.
The Defense Department will update and post information regularly to the Civilian Personnel Management Services site to keep its agencies and employees informed, Fitzgerald said.