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Cutie LaSalle  
#1 Posted : Friday, March 13, 2020 12:57:02 PM(UTC)

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Anyone? Will decisions still be made on claims during this National Emergency? What is the protocol of OWCP for disasters of this magnitude?
Wondering and waiting....
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Originally Posted by: Cutie LaSalle Go to Quoted Post
Anyone? Will decisions still be made on claims during this National Emergency? What is the protocol of OWCP for disasters of this magnitude?
Wondering and waiting....


Plan for the worst. Be happy with the best.
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#3 Posted : Friday, March 13, 2020 3:45:00 PM(UTC)

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Anyone? Will decisions still be made on claims during this National Emergency? What is the protocol of OWCP for disasters of this magnitude?
Wondering and waiting....


Unless everyone's out sick, I don't see why not. That's why we made all those continuity plans back during the h1n1 thing and everyone got a laptop

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edalder  
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My guess is that telework is being made available to most, if not, all claims examiners, on a fairly liberal basis, but especially in San Francisco and Seattle, areas that have been very hard hit with this virus. Your OWCP case is an imaged record. Your CE can read the inaged case documents on a home computer as easily as he or she can at an office. There is likely a convoluted login in procedure to protect privacy, etc., but once you get in, you should be good to go. The same would be true for processing comp payments. Phone calls also can be routed off site to a CE's cell or landline.

The only real issue might be the printing and mailing of documents to you, agencies, etc. in other words, the stuff that cannot be done on the computer. OWCP management would likely have to figure out something to address that issue, such as say to a CE, I need you in the office one day a week to take care of such tasks. To maintain social distancing, the CE schedule could be rotated, so that CE A comes in on Monday, CE B has Tuesday, and so forth.

In other words, Work From Home (WFH) to the extent possible.
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Cutie LaSalle  
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My guess is that telework is being made available to most, if not, all claims examiners, on a fairly liberal basis, but especially in San Francisco and Seattle, areas that have been very hard hit with this virus. Your OWCP case is an imaged record. Your CE can read the inaged case documents on a home computer as easily as he or she can at an office. There is likely a convoluted login in procedure to protect privacy, etc., but once you get in, you should be good to go. The same would be true for processing comp payments. Phone calls also can be routed off site to a CE's cell or landline.

The only real issue might be the printing and mailing of documents to you, agencies, etc. in other words, the stuff that cannot be done on the computer. OWCP management would likely have to figure out something to address that issue, such as say to a CE, I need you in the office one day a week to take care of such tasks. To maintain social distancing, the CE schedule could be rotated, so that CE A comes in on Monday, CE B has Tuesday, and so forth.

In other words, Work From Home (WFH) to the extent possible.


Yeah, I did read where a lot of Federal agencies/others are mandated to telework. Thanks for your response!

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