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Statement from Attorney General William P. Barr on the Office of Personnel Management’s Published Final Rule for Compensatory Time Off for Religious Observances

For Immediate Release
Office of Public Affairs

Attorney General William P. Barr today released the following statement on the publication of the Office of Personnel Management's Final Rule for Compensatory Time Off for Religious Observances:

"The federal government has been strengthened and enriched by the service of people of faith from the very beginning," Attorney General William P. Barr said. "American history has shown time and again that religious faith can promote good citizenship and the qualities that make for good government service. By offering more flexibility in employees’ work schedules, today's new rule treats Americans of faith with respect and recognizes that government can make legitimate accommodations while still serving the public. I applaud this effort to make the federal government a more tolerant and welcoming work environment and I am confident that it will yield positive results for years to come."

NOTE: The published Final Rule can be found here.

Updated April 29, 2019

Office and Personnel Updates
Press Release Number: 19-436