May an employee be given excused absence for activities in connection with disaster relief and recovery efforts?

If requested by a federal agency or disaster relief organization, at the discretion of the employing court, an employee may be excused from duty without loss of pay to assist with disaster relief and recovery, if requested by a federal agency or disaster relief organization to assist in emergency law enforcement, relief, or clean-up efforts in affected communities authorized by federal, state, or other officials having jurisdiction, and if an employee’s participation in such activities has been approved by his or her employing court. In addition, an employee on excused absence for these activities is required to provide documentation from a federal agency or a disaster relief organization that the employee’s services are needed and for a specified period of time.