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By Phil Piemonte

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Hey there, out on the plains …

The federal telework bill got a good nudge toward passage last year in the wake of a pair of big snow storms in the D.C. area.

Now, with new (and still emerging) telework policies under its belt, the Office of Personnel Management this winter appears to be making a high-profile effort to get ahead of weather emergencies by issuing unscheduled leave and unscheduled telework announcements (at least in the Capital region) way before the first snowflake hits the ground.

While the immediate Washington, D.C., area today dodged a bullet when an overnight ice-up failed to materialize, plenty of feds in dozens of states elsewhere around the country certainly must be giving telework a first try amid this monster snow storm that has paralyzed much of the country.

So, our question to them is: Are you teleworking? If so, how’s it going so far?

Posted by Phil Piemonte on Feb 02, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Reader comments

Tue, Feb 8, 2011 FT Teleworker

I have been a full-time teleworker since 4/10. I work for a division with national responsibilities in the DC HQ branch of my agency but am duty-stationed in the northernmost, westernmost, and easternmost state. Most of my work gets done via email and conference calls, anyway, with travel throughout the US, so apart from time zone issues, it doesn't really matter where I am physically located. I am saving the taxpayers a significant sum that would otherwise be spent officing me (space, heat, AC, lights, etc.) and am saving myself a gallon of gas, plus auto wear and tear, and an hour of commuting time each workday. It's great to have the higher efficiency, lower stress, and zero commuting in a state that beats the other 49 in terms of cold, snowy or icy weather. And it's high time my federal colleagues were able to do likewise.

Mon, Feb 7, 2011 Fed worker

My telework agreement was recently terminated by the newly appointed managers here at the FAA. I had a 2-day per week telework agreement in place for over 5 years. It was a very successful, productive working environment. My commute is 70 miles one way. The mentality and attitude of these, 'ex-controllers/now so-called managers of people' really needs a major overhaul. The President of the United States signs an Executive Order regarding telework, and then it gets taken away from someone. Only in the FAA!! Typical government management style!

Fri, Feb 4, 2011 not in DC

FAA Flight Standards managers are very reluctant to embrace the teleworking concept as a whole, and are adamantly opposed to any concept of un-scheduled telework. Of course those in DC are ALWAYS completing unscheduled telework, often for a variety of reasons. An extreme double standard brought about my managers who lack the confidence to trust the process or their people.

Fri, Feb 4, 2011 SSA HQ Baltimore

I work in IT field and live far away from the office. It would make every sense to promote Telework for people like me, which will increase productivity and reduce energy consumption. However, the management's outdated mentality has put a block on Telework. With this bill passed, I'm hoping to see a cultural change that's been overdue for so long.

Thu, Feb 3, 2011 DTW FAA FSDO

I have all the tools to telework, I have all the work required to telework, but I have a boss who doesnt believe in teleworking, even with a presidential directive> Go figure.

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