Federal Employees Getting Telework Policy

In late September, Congress passed the Telework Improvements Act of 2010, requiring every executive branch agency to adopt remote work policies for eligible employees. The law also directs the agencies to incorporate the new policies into their continuity of operations (COOP) plans.

During severe snowstorms that crippled the federal government for nearly a week, the GSA’s new secretary, Martha Johnson, found a novel way to go ahead with her scheduled swearing-in: She took the oath from home over her cellphone, according to the University of Maryland’s Center for Health and Homeland Security.

Her ingenuity caught the attention of President Barack Obama, who directed that telework options be increased for federal employees and declared that neither “snow, nature, or any other cause” should be able to stop government functioning.

Along with facilitating COOP planning, telework benefits include: Increased productivity, reduction in commuting time, decreased pollution and traffic, and better recruitment options for younger workers as the federal workforce reaches retirement.

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