U.S. Department of State Values Employee Health, Stay at Home issued for CPC and APC!

On April’s Fools, the U.S. Department of State notified employees to convert its final two passport offices in South Carolina and Arkansas to mission critical status.   Now, all non-essential employees within these two passport offices were placed on Weather and Safety Leave with direction to remain at home until further notice. The U.S. Department of State […]

Union Addresses Employee Dignity and Respect, Public Safety: Shelter in Place/Stay at Home vs. Passport Management Discretion

While State/Local authorities issue orders restricting movements of the public within States and defining whom is essential to leave home during the COVID-19 pandemic, Passport Management continues to use its discretion to order non-essential employees to leave home and expose themselves to the risk of health, and to the penalties of any movement restriction orders […]

U.S. State Department Updates Guidance: Leave for Quarantine & Isolation

The U.S. State Department continues to keep employees informed daily about health and safety concerning COVID-19, either with reminders and/or new information. Yesterday, with an all hands notice to U.S. State Department employees, guidance was provided on important situations involving COVID-19. The guidance explained instances such as a telework reminder, being healthy and subject to […]

COVID-19 “Stay At Home” Disregarded by Management: At Risk is Public Health & Safety

As COVID-19 spreads nationwide, leading to the carnage of closing twenty-one passport offices and leaving twelve passport offices still open, state and local officials have issued “shelter in place, stay at home orders” in many states and municipalities limiting movement of persons. Individuals not adhering to these orders in some areas, include fines and jail. […]

AWS and COOP – Management and Union Partner-up, Expanded services in Minneapolis Passport Office

With the wrath of COVID-19 closing and restricting passport offices nationwide, this did not stop the Management and Union at the Minneapolis Passport Office with still offering limited services to the public during these times. The Management and Union made an Alternate Work Schedule Plan for a Continuity Of Operations Plan (COOP) to still render […]

Agency “Cell Phone” Restrictions Are Revised, DAS Rebuilding Trust at Department of State: Passport Services

Rachel Arndt, Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Passport Services, eases restrictions with cell phone usage in passport offices for employees. She notified employees in passport offices on March 23rd, via e-mail and a revised policy Memo describing employee responsibilities under this new policy, and also reaffirming Core Values of Our People, Integrity “by boosting morale…, […]