“The Federal Aviation Administration is asking employees not to report to agency facilities unless an emergency or mission-critical function requires them to be on-site.”
“FAA Administrator Steve Dickson made the announcement in a March 19 all-staff email reviewed by FCW.”
“Dickson is already undergoing a seven-day self-quarantine under Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocols after a March 11 Capitol Hill interaction with Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), who has tested positive for COVID-19.”
“Dickson himself has not been tested, he told employees, because of a lack of symptoms. However, several FAA employees have tested positive for COVID-19, including one in the Air Traffic Organization Program Management Office in the agency’s Washington, D.C., headquarters.”
“Other FAA employees, including multiple air traffic controllers stationed at airports across the country, have also contracted COVID-19. FAA towers in Chicago and Las Vegas have been closed as a result, with work shifted to backup sites.”
“‘This message is to emphasize in the strongest terms that, until further notice, everybody in the FAA is encouraged to aggressively maximize telework flexibilities and avoid physical presence at FAA facilities unless your physical presence is necessary to accomplish your work duties,’ Dickson told employees March 19…” Read the full article here.
Source: FAA administrator instructs employees to avoid agency facilities – By Adam Mazmanian, March 19, 2020. FCW.