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Mandatory telework is in effect agencywide. On-site work is limited to mission-essential work to protect life and property and approved mission-critical work. Employees permitted to return to work on-site will be notified.

Planning for Increased On-Site Work

The response of NASA’s workforce to the challenges stemming from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been nothing short of awe-inspiring. Across the agency, I have seen individuals and teams find new ways to keep the mission moving forward, support each other, balance work and family, and even dedicate their expertise and personal time to aid in the national response.

Now that operations have reached a steady cadence, a lot of folks are wondering about the when and how of returning to “normal.” As we plan how best to increase on-site work, please know that we will continue to prioritize the health and safety of the workforce.

NASA leadership has developed agencywide guidance that takes into account guidelines provided by the White House and the Offices of Personnel Management and Management and Budget, and calls for a controlled, methodical and flexible return to on-site work. The agency guidance has been condensed into a one-page NASA Framework for Return to On-Site Work, a mirror of the NASA Response Framework and incorporating the national criteria to move from Stage 4 to 3 to 2 to 1.

Message from Administrator Bridenstine on Returning to On-Site Work

Transcript of the Ask the Administrator Agency Town Hall on Return to On-Site Work

FAQs on NASA's Approach to Return To On-Site Work