State Department Issues “Return to Office” Announcement

Joins other federal agencies in minimum in-person work requirements.

The Department of State recently released a return-to-office announcement to employees, transitioning from exclusive teleworking to at least three in-office work days per week. The shift will take effect on October 22, giving their employees over a month to prepare for the change in work requirements.

“Much of our team requires regular access to classified materials, systems, and meetings.  When it comes to cultivating relationships – with other governments or agencies, the private sector, or civil society – there’s no substitute for engaging face-to-face,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken wrote in the announcement.

Over 15 federal agencies and six Cabinet departments have released return-to-office announcements to mixed receptions. All of them highlight the importance of face-to-face interactions though union leaders representing federal employees have claimed the changes are being made before contract negotiations are complete.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary Blinken as he heads the Department of State.
  • For State Department workers who handle sensitive and classified information.
  • For union leaders as they negotiate federal employee contracts.

Sources: Federal News Network, Washington Post


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