On Nov. 14, President Bush published a memorandum to the

heads of all executive departments and agencies, directing

them to provide five days of “uncharged” civilian leave to

federal employees returning from Guard and Reserve duty in

the global war on terror. According to the Office of

Personnel Management, the president’s request covers all

employees who were activated for military service in

connection with Operations Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom

and Iraqi Freedom. Agencies may grant this period of excused

absence before the employee resumes duties, or if the

employee has already returned to work, at a time mutually

agreeable to the agency and the employee,. For more

information on agency requirements for returning reservists,

visit the OPM Web site.