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Pentagon Reservation Plan for Resilience and 'Aligning With National Guidelines for Opening Up America Again'

May 26, 2020

Today the department unveiled the “Pentagon Reservation Plan for Resilience and ‘Aligning with National Guidelines for Opening Up America Again’” for returning to normal operations. The Pentagon Reservation resilience plan places the health and safety of our workforce first. Building upon the three-phased White House Opening Up America Again plan, and applying guidance from OMB, OPM, and the CDC, the Office of the Chief Management Officer, in collaboration with the under secretary for personnel and readiness, the Joint Staff, the military services and the DOD COVID Task Force, has developed a five-phased plan that reflects our priority on the health safety of our workforce as we enable them to return in a controlled and steady manner.

Since mid-March we have taken aggressive steps to stop the spread of COVID-19 among our people, implementing health protection measures that resulted in a sustained transmission rate below that of the region at large. With the support of Secretary Esper and other leaders in the organization, we have been able to isolate, trace, and mitigate any spread. To date, teams have deep cleaned and sanitized over 1 million square feet of office space on the Pentagon Reservation to CDC standards. And, for the first time ever, maximized telework options have enabled more than two-thirds of the Pentagon Reservation workforce to continue to deliver the mission at alternate work locations. We could not have achieved these results without the flexibility, cooperation, and support of the thousands of government employees, contractors, and vendors who are following the force health protection measures. 

We are currently at Phase Zero. Transitions between phases are tied to local conditions, not to specific dates. And if we detect a resurgence in the spread of COVID-19, we will reassess our protection measures and workforce phase and respond appropriately. The plan provides phase-by-phase guidance to commanders, supervisors and employees to safely and effectively return to Pentagon Reservation offices. Along with guidelines for in-office and telework targets; vulnerable populations; entrance screening; and the status and cleaning of common areas, food courts, gyms and other facilities, the plan includes mandatory requirements regarding face coverings, social distancing, and symptomatic personnel throughout each phase.

You can find the plan here.