The GSA, saying it was responding to questions regarding “whether it is permissible to sleep in federal buildings,” has issued a policy statement saying, not surprisingly, that generally it is not.

“All persons are prohibited from sleeping in federal buildings, except when such activity is expressly authorized by an agency official,” says guidance that GSA ordered building managers to post in a “conspicuous place.”


The GSA said the guidance was needed because the Federal Management Regulation “does not specifically identify unauthorized sleeping as a type of prohibited conduct” in federal buildings. In generally banning the practice, “agency officials have relied on provisions in the FMR that address hazards, disturbances and failure to comply with the lawful direction of federal police officers and other authorized individuals to prohibit the practice of unofficially sleeping in federal buildings.”

It adds, “Sleeping may be authorized if the person is directed by a supervisor to remain in the building to conduct official government business and it is necessary for the person to sleep on the premises or, in the case of an emergency where there is imminent danger to human life or property, where persons are directed to shelter-in-place.”