A Week In Security (January 13 ? 19)
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The Office of Personnel Management is urging federal employees to telework through next week, and asking agencies to use "all available workplace flexibility options" for employees who might otherwise come to work in Washington, D.C amid the potential security threats and road shutdowns in the nation's capital posed by the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
Rigas also cited increased traffic congestion next week and warned commuters who work downtown to be prepared for delays and to keep an eye on the news for any changes to traffic or government operating status.
Working gas in storage was 2,583 Bcf as of Friday, January 27, 2023, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net decrease of 151 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 222 Bcf higher than last year at this time and 163 Bcf above the five-year average of 2,420 Bcf. At 2,583 Bcf, total working gas is within the five-year historical range.For information on sampling error in this report, see Estimated Measures of Sampling Variability table below.
Additionally, a 29-year-old Mexican national in ICE custody at a Miami-area hospital has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was transferred from the Krome Detention Center to a local hospital March 9 for a medical issue unrelated to COVID-19. Approximately three weeks after being admitted to the hospital, he started showing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and was tested for the virus at the hospital. Consistent with CDC guidelines, those who have come in contact with the individuals have been cohorted or are self-isolating and being monitored for symptoms.
Some health experts expect that more than one million people will die from the disease in China this year, with British-based health data firm Airfinity forecasting COVID fatalities could hit 36,000 a day this week.
Note 2: Employees with an intermittent work schedule are not entitled to paid holiday time off or holiday premium pay. (See 5 CFR 340.401(b); the definitions of "holiday work," "regularly scheduled administrative workweek," and "tour of duty" in 5 CFR 550.103; and 5 CFR 550.131.)
Occasionally, two (or more) holidays will fall within the same pay period. A full-time employee on a flexible work schedule is entitled to 8 hours of pay on a holiday when the employee does not work. (See 5 U.S.C. 6124.) Therefore, when two (or more) 8-hour holidays fall within the same pay period, a full-time employee on a 5/4-9 flexible schedule (or other flexible schedules under which employees work more than 8 hours a day) must make arrangements to work extra hours during other regularly scheduled workdays (or take annual leave or use credit hours or compensatory time off) in order to fulfill the 80-hour biweekly work requirement.
For employees at duty posts outside the United States who are regularly scheduled to work on Monday, holidays designated by law to occur on Monday (i.e., Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Columbus Day) are moved to the preceding Sunday. This applies to employees whose basic workweek is Sunday through Thursday. It does not apply to employees whose basic workweek is Monday through Friday or Monday through Saturday. This rule does not apply to "in lieu of" holidays. (See 5 U.S.C. 6103(b)(3).)
Standard (40-Hour/5-Day Week) Work Schedules. On a holiday, full-time employees under a standard work schedule are generally excused from 8 hours of non-overtime work, which are considered part of the 40-hour basic workweek. In the event the President issues an Executive order granting a "half-day" holiday, a full-time employee on a standard work schedule is credited with 4 holiday hours.
Flexible Work Schedules. Overtime work on a holiday for employees under flexible work schedules is work in excess of 8 hours in a day or 40 hours in a week that is officially ordered in advance. Basic work requirement hours and credit hours are not overtime hours. (See 5 U.S.C. 6121(3), (4), and (6).)
Paid holiday time off hours, hours of paid leave, use of accrued compensatory time off or credit hours, and hours of excused absence with pay are credited as hours of work towards the overtime pay standards. For example, these hours are credited when determining whether an employee has worked in excess of 8 hours in a day or 40 hours in a week under a standard or flexible work schedule. (See 5 CFR 550.112(c) and 5 CFR 551.401(b).)
An employee is entitled to holiday premium pay and Sunday premium pay if he or she is required to work during holiday hours on Sunday and Sunday work is part of the employee's regularly scheduled basic workweek (or basic work requirement). If an employee does not work during the holiday hours on Sunday, the employee receives basic pay for the holiday hours, but is not entitled to Sunday premium pay because Sunday premium pay cannot be paid unless an employee actually performs work on Sunday. (See section 624 of the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act, 1999; 5 U.S.C. 5544(a), 5546(a) and 6128(c); and 5 CFR 532.509 and 550.172.)
Volunteers receive training and must pass a competency test. Volunteers are assigned to work with a sponsoring organization, first to receive training and then to begin volunteering at a location in their community. Some VITA and TCE sites are open nights and weekends, and the hours can be flexible. More information about registering as a volunteer is available from the IRS here: IRS Tax Volunteers | Internal Revenue Service.
New Department of Defense (DoD) cases of Covid-19 rose dramatically over the past week, with the 7-day average increasing by 25 percent to a new record high of 2,456 new cases on January 15. Deaths rose by 8 this past week, reaching 210 as of this Friday, January 15.
Children in school: Your child may have been eligible if they normally got free or reduced-price meals at school but they were not able to because their school was not doing in-person classes or had reduced hours at least 5 days in a row due to COVID-19. NOTE: Closures do not include weekends, holidays, or regularly scheduled breaks.
It can take up to 30 days for a Food Stamp application to be processed. You can check the status of your application by calling 800-392-1261. Help is available through this automated phone line 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 2b1af7f3a8