OPM DC Operating Status via Twitter

Wednesday February 23, 2011

•  emergency management •  public management •  social media •  Twitter • 

A few months ago, I created a Twitter to automatically announce the DC operating status maintained by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). This status announces whether or not the Federal government is open or restricted during an emergency. It is most often used to announce snow-related closings and some non-governmental employers rely on this for notifying their employees of weather-related emergencies.. This provides an advantage over other delivery methods provided by OPM in that Twitter can deliver selected user’s tweets via a text message.

After testing for a few emergencies with (now) 15 followers, I am ready to announce @opmdcstatus publicly. If anyone at OPM wants to discuss making this more effective and efficient, please contact me.