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New bill would protect telework

Two Maryland lawmakers have introduced a new bill that aims to protect telework for current and future federal employees.

Reps. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) and John Sarbanes (D-Md.) — who both serve large populations of federal workers — introduced legislation on July 26 that would require agencies to support and expand telework policies.

The Telework Metrics and Cost Savings Act is a direct response to new policies at the Department of Education and U.S. Department of Agriculture, where they are significantly cutting back on telework.

“We must push back against the Trump Administration’s repeated attacks on federal telework programs, which make our government work better for the American people,” Sarbanes said.

Many are concerned with the administration's pushback on telework partly because of the influx of commuters in the D.C. area.


Reader comments

Thu, Aug 30, 2018

It's not the policy that is the problem. It is not the number of days someone is allowed to telework that is the problem. It is supervisors not supervising. Having a method in place to completed and doing so is the problem. It is a shame that federal employees want to strip rights away because they feel other employees are or may be taking advantage of the system, instead of holding supervisors accountable for doing their job. As a full time teleworker for over 8 years I can say I still work circles around my co-workers - only disadvantage is not being able to see the body language of those I work with. Don't BLAME THE PROGRAM - blame the supervisors for not enforcing the requirements. The same employees that are said to be abusing telework probably aren't great producers at work either.

Tue, Aug 28, 2018 GC Maryland

The people who are decrying telework policies sound like children who are upset they don’t have the same toys as the neighbors’ kids. Telework reduces stress of dealing with intolerant angry colleagues, incompetent management and administration. I watch people in my agency surf the net all day or walk around the office disturbing other hard working individuals. Telework reduces traffic in areas like ours, saves on energy costs on already overcrowded offices to name a few benefits. I get my work done regardless of where I am. I will say it’s better when I do not have to listen to the people in the cubes around me talking loudly about their personal lives or what reality show came on tv the night before.

Tue, Aug 28, 2018

It is a great way for people to pinch off time to take care of their own personal business while saying that they are teleworking. If telework, is good for one it should be good for all. There are some of us who are required to be at work while others take advantage of the system.

Mon, Aug 27, 2018 Sharon

While I can empathize with the commenters who think telework is bad and people take advantage of the policy, you are applying a generalization to everyone who teleworks. I telework full time and I have a dedicated office in my home that I treat as if it is part of the DC headquarters and get more done when I am at home that i ever do at the office when I am made to come in. The internet connection never works at the office and if I am there 5 day then my computer gets connected to the network about an hour before I walk out to fly home. I answer 90% of my work emails within 30 minutes of receiving them and field almost all the calls from other customers when they can't reach their TA advisors (because everyone is in a meeting). I may be on a conference call but can send a message immediately letting the customer know that I am in a conference and will call them back at a specific time. Usually I AM the only employee that people or other coworkers can find. the problem with telework is that even people who are not suited to telework do it. It is those those deadbeats who screw it up for the others who use it appropriately.

Wed, Aug 22, 2018

Telework reduces traffic and office space.

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