Frequently Asked Questions

USCG Specific Frequently Asked Questions

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July 6, 2020

Auxiliary FAQs

Q: Can I still perform Coast Guard missions, request patrol orders or be assigned to duty?A:  Yes, but the Coast Guard Order Issuing Authority (OIA) and the Auxiliarists involved must properly apply risk management principles prior to requesting, planning or undertaking any assignments that involve potential COVID-19 exposure. Do not request patrol

June 19, 2020

Telework FAQs

Q: Can I telework? A: In order to telework, you must be in a telework-eligible position, obtain supervisor’s approval, take telework training, and complete a telework agreement. ALCOAST 166/20 provides additional guidance.DHS is encouraging agencies to maximize their telework capacity. ALCOAST 166/20 helps commands and supervisors to balance risk

May 5, 2020

Civilian Guidance FAQs

Q: What kind of leave is available for medical care of self/dependents?A: Civilians: As with any illness, if you become sick or expect that you have been exposed to a communicable disease, such as COVID-19, use your sick leave or other time off to go home or take care of yourself or seek medical attention. Sick leave may also be used if it has been

May 5, 2020

Transition Assistance Program FAQs

Q: I am scheduled to retire or separate from the Coast Guard. How can I get the information I need for the transition?A: You can complete the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) online. Pre-separation counseling is available on Learning Management System (LMS) course 10061, or can be found by searching for "Pre-separation." Upon completion of this

May 5, 2020

Voting FAQs

Q: Will I still be able to vote? How do I register to vote and request an absentee ballot in the current climate? A: The pandemic is impacting the primary election season, so we are encouraging all military members and American citizens overseas to visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) website to:Register to vote Request an absentee

May 5, 2020

HR/Hiring FAQs

Q. May a supervisor delay the start date of an applicant who has COVID-19 or symptoms associated with it? A. Yes. According to current CDC guidance, an individual who has COVID-19 or symptoms associated with it should not be in the workplace. Q. May an employer withdraw a job offer when it needs the applicant to start immediately but the individual