News Release: March 13, 2020
FERC Coronavirus Update: March Meeting Canceled, Staff Telework Encouraged, Building Closed to Public
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today took a number of steps to protect the health and safety of its employees and the public, and to help mitigate or slow the transmission of the coronavirus within the community. Those steps include the following:
- The Commission voted today to cancel the March Commission meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 19;
- Commissioners will vote notationally on all matters that were to have been considered at the March Commission meeting;
- FERC staff have been encouraged to telework starting Monday, March 16, until further notice; and
- The FERC headquarters building in Washington, D.C., will be closed to all outside visitors, unless cleared for entry by the Office of Executive Director.
Following new guidance from the Office of Management and Budget as well as the issuance of a State of Emergency in the District of Columbia, the Commission has deemed these actions prudent and appropriate.
“As the Chairman of this agency, my number one priority is ensuring the health and safety of Commission employees and the public we serve,” FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee said. “Rest assured, taking these steps will allow us to continue carrying out our important mission and fulfilling our statutory obligations.” R-20-17