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Senate passes telework bill

By Ed O'Keefe

By The Post's Federal Diary columnist Joe Davidson:

The Senate passed legislation Monday that would make it easier for federal workers to work from home.

The Telework Enhancement Act, sponsored by Sens. Daniel K. Akaka (D-Hawaii) and George V. Voinovich (R-Ohio), would create the assumption in agencies that employees are eligible to telework.

“This winter’s snowstorms highlighted the need to develop flexible work arrangements to make sure the government can function during disruptive events," Akaka said.

The bill, which passed with unanimous consent, would require agencies to designate a telework managing officer and make telework part of their continuity of operations planning.

“The federal government must acknowledge that the next generation of employees will have different expectations of what it means to go to work,” said Voinovich.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | May 24, 2010; 8:55 PM ET
Categories:  Congress, Workplace Issues  
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Comments

I've been teleworking for 15 years, you don't need to watch people to know if they are getting their work done, you just need the commitment to manage them.......we're 10 years behind the curve on this and the Feds need to lead the way. People work harder and are more productive working at home and we save energy....let go of old "factory management" styles and lets move forward

Posted by: yodude1 | May 24, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

I'd rather have the bureaucrats not working at home than clogging up the transit system so that they can not work at work.

Posted by: jiji1 | May 25, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

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