UPDATE FROM THE NATIONAL REGISTER PROGRAM, NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, WASHINGTON, DC (effective 3/17/20)
Dear preservation partners,
As is the case for many of you, National Register staff at the National Park Service in Washington, DC, are currently on mandated telework status in their homes practicing social distancing so as to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
In light of this unprecedented situation, we are writing to ask that your agency refrain from submitting new submissions and requests for National Register actions (i.e., formal submissions) during this time as we do not have staff on site to receive, log, notice, and distribute these items to our staff for review. We are, of course, hard at work on materials already in hand and published (or soon to publish) in the Federal Register for items received through 3/17/20. In addition to that work, we are available to respond to phone and email inquiries, schedule conference calls, and work productively from our telework locations.
Thank you for your patience and flexibility during this rapidly evolving situation. We will follow-up if we receive agency guidance to change the current telework practice and/or when we are directed to return to our office-based work schedule.
In the interim, please be safe and we look forward to all of us being back to our normal work routines. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your NR reviewer(s) as needed.
The staff of the National Register of Historic Places, NPS