Establishment of an Emergency Leave Transfer Program for Hurricane Harvey

Under the Emergency Leave Transfer Program for federal employees adversely affected by Hurricane Harvey, employees of other agencies may donate leave for potential transfer by OPM to affected agencies.

Houston homesAs many of you know, on September 1, 2017, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued a memorandum on the establishment of an Emergency Leave Transfer Program (ELTP) for federal employees adversely affected by Hurricane Harvey. The ELTP is administered by agencies with affected employees, so NTEU has been in contact with all affected agencies since September 1, 2017, such as the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Internal Revenue Service, Customs and Border Protection, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, regarding the establishment of an ELTP for employees of those agencies who have been adversely impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

We remain committed to the safety and well-being of all of our bargaining unit employees. The impacted employees have faced a lot of challenges and many need non-work time to address issues with their homes and families, and NTEU has had a number of communications with agencies to ensure that the maximum amount of assistance is provided to impacted employees.

I wanted to call to your attention the fact that, where an impacted agency does not have sufficient donated leave, the agency may contact OPM to receive annual leave that has been donated by employees in other agencies. In that regard, the ELTP Fact Sheet states:

Transferring Donated Leave between Agencies

If an agency does not receive sufficient amounts of donated annual leave to meet the needs of emergency leave recipients within the agency, the agency may contact OPM for assistance in receiving additional donated annual leave from other agencies. Based on the amount of donated leave needed, OPM will solicit and coordinate the transfer of donated annual leave from other Federal agencies. OPM will notify each affected agency of the cumulative amount of donated annual leave that will be credited to it for transfer to its approved emergency leave recipients. The affected agency will determine the amount of donated annual leave to be transferred to each emergency leave recipient.

NTEU encourages employees in all NTEU-represented agencies to contact their local Human Resources department to find out about the agency’s participation in the ELTP and how to donate to the ELTP even if their agency does not have impacted employees in the Houston area, to ensure that employees who have been adversely impacted have sufficient leave to address Hurricane Harvey related issues.

If you have any questions about the Emergency Leave Transfer Program, please contact your chapter president.