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Pentagon Unveils Resilience Plan as Military, Employees Return to Normal Operations

The Department of Defense’s office of the chief management officer has released a five-phased plan to provide guidance to commanders and supervisors as they prepare military personnel, government civilian employees and contractors to return to normal operations while ensuring their safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Pentagon Reservation Resilience Plan builds on the White House’s Opening Up America Again guidelines and guidance from the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Personnel Management and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, DoD said in a release published Tuesday.

DoD is at phase zero and will implement transitions between phases based on local conditions with plans to review protection measures in the event of a COVID-19 spread resurgence.

The department also included in the plan its mandatory requirements for social distancing, face coverings and symptomatic personnel, among others.

Matthew Donovan, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, announced Tuesday a new DoD memo that would implement a conditions-based approach to personnel movement and travel, DoD News reported.

DoD Secretary and a 2020 Wash100 awardee Mark Esper signed the memo, which will also lift the travel restrictions through the end of June.

Donovan said the Pentagon’s conditions to resume unrestricted travel will be based on state and regional criteria in alignment with the White House guidelines and installation-level criteria.

"Consideration of factors such as removal of shelter-in-place orders and a downward trend of new COVID-19 cases over the preceding 14 days will be used to make a determination for the resumption of movement between states, regions and nations," Donovan said.

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