Help for Feds on Telework Policy

Susan Hall

With all federal agencies facing a June 7 deadline to come up with a telework policy, the Office of Personnel Management is offering some help with its just-released "Guide to Telework in the Federal Government."


Last fall, as the telework bill was working its way through Congress, my colleague Ann All quoted some hefty savings it could bring by:

  • Boosting productivity by $4.6 billion a year.
  • Shaving $850 million a year off real estate, electricity and related costs.
  • Reducing absenteeism to save $2.3 billion a year.
  • Lowering employee turnover to save $3.1 billion a year.


The new guidance spells out the agencies' responsibilities in carrying out the law, noting "It is important to understand that telework is not an employee right" (emphasis in original), and also that employee participation is voluntary, reports


Each agency must work with OPM on its policy, determine those eligible to participate, notify them and train them, according to Federal News Radio. In addition, each officer must name a Telework Managing Officer (TMO) to oversee it all.


This piece looks at ingredients for telework success and my post from yesterday, which also points to the resources in our IT Downloads center.

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