LEOSU Leading the Way Return to the Workplace Department of Homeland Security Acquisition Innovation
Washington DC May 7, 2020 - 9: a.m. this morning the Law Enforcement Officers Security Unions LEOSU, LEOS-PBA attended its weekly Department of Homeland Security (DHS) meeting headed by Soraya Correa, Chief Procurement Officer, Department of Homeland Security. Later today LEOS-PBA Executive Director Steve Maritas has also been invited to participate and attend on behalf of Law Enforcement, Security & Special Police unions nationwide, another very important meeting: "Acquisition Innovation Roundtable (AIR) Return to the Workplace" to discuss and give input into what is needed to safely open our country while protecting Protective Security Officers as well as security professionals nationwide. LEOS-PBA Executive Director Steve Maritas has noted "that participating in these very informative homeland security meetings not only gives our union and our members a voice and the respect you all deserve, but we are on the front lines in ensuring our country will open safely and our members are protected".
MEMORANDUM FOR HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES
The Federal government's aggressive response to the coronavirus disease 2019 ("COVID-19") saved lives and substantially mitigated overall damage and risk to the Nation. Along with its role in leading response efforts, the Federal government is the Nation's largest employer, with a significant presence and impact in communities across the country. The immediate response to COVID-19 included a calibrated re-alignment of various Federal activities and operations around the country, and operational shifts such as a dramatic surge in Federal workforce telework. Now, in partnership with state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, and the private sector, the Federal government is actively planning to ramp backup government operations to the maximum extent possible, as local conditions warrant,consistent with the National guidelines for Opening Up America Again.
The National guidelines allow objective assessments of epidemiological status and overall preparedness by states to follow a phased approach for individuals and employers to resume normal activities. The guidelines incorporate gating criteria which must be met in a state or county (in addition to core preparedness responsibilities) before proceeding to the phased reopening process: 1) influenza-like illnesses and covid-like cases of illness must trend downward for 14 days; 2) documented COVID-19 cases and prevalence of positive tests must trend downward for 14 days (while not decreasing the overall number of tests); and, 3) local hospitals must have the capacity to treat all patients without crisis care and jurisdictions must have a robust healthcare worker testing program and plan in place.