House approves telework bill
By The Post's Lisa Rein:
The House approved legislation Wednesday that would jumpstart the federal government’s telework program by expanding work-at-home options. The vote was 290-131.
A similar bill passed the Senate in May, and the policy has broad support from the Obama administration. A new survey of federal workers released this week found that just 10 percent do their jobs from home.
Under the measure, agencies would be required to appoint a telework managing officer, with the goal of setting up a policy that boosts participation. Workers who handle secure or classified information would still report to the office. Work from home would be permitted as long as it doesn’t hinder the agency’s operation. The Government Accountability Office would be required to gather data on whether the program is working.
Supporters, including sponsors John Sarbanes (D-Md.), Frank Wolf (R-Va.) and Gerald Connolly (D-Va.) say the Telework Improvements Act would save millions of dollars a year in lost productivity during weather-related shutdowns. With fewer cars on the road, air pollution and commuting costs would go down, they say.
Opponents had cited concerns about potential breaches of computer security and worries that workers might not answer calls if they’re at home.
Leave your thoughts in the comments section below
| July 14, 2010; 4:17 PM ET
Categories: Congress, Workplace Issues
Save & Share: Previous: Log Cabin Republicans explain 'don't ask' suit
Next: Negro Leagues stamps also honor postal worker
Posted by: Mysty | July 14, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: darbyohara | July 15, 2010 6:53 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: frankatty | July 15, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: NewYorkMBA | July 20, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse
The comments to this entry are closed.