Report: WH slashes telework, employees—infuriated—push back

The Trump administration, across departments and agencies, is criticizing and slashing the amount of telework available—while unions and federal employees are exasperated and fighting the administration’s moves, the Washington Post reports.

Despite decades of increasing telework—with faster remote work systems helping to reduce traffic and greenhouse gases—the current White House has curbed and even ended tens of thousands of telecommutes, as enumerated in the report.

The rollback against telework is especially pointed at Education, Interior, and the EPA, among others. It is forcing some longtime teleworkers to choose between returning to long commutes, or taking an early exit from government. Many feds and their unions are pushing back—already succeeding at restoring a major telework program at Social Security.

Finally, the data on the pros and cons of telework is not clear in many cases, the report said—but with the administration failing to offer support the crackdown, to many the moves appear unnecessary and punitive.

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Tue, Mar 17, 2020 clerk

Mail clerk - Thank you for making the statements. That's the fact. Supervisors know their staffs always come in the office very sick. They need to send sick people home.!!! I don't think it's coronavirus's only problems. Sick people make their own sick problems too. FACT!!!

Tue, Mar 17, 2020 mail clerk

Supervisors should send their sick people home and stay away from the office/building. Charge their own leave. Healthy people should go to work without forcing to use their leave just because most of them are not telework agreements!!

Mon, Mar 9, 2020

Can’t use IM to track employees VA rev cycle managers not allowed to telework even though their workforce does

Mon, Mar 9, 2020

My experience with pervasive social security incompetence and backlog in data systems leads me to believe they need close supervision and shouldn't be teleworking. I suspect people do childcare, chores, other jobs, among other things while telecomuting.

Mon, Mar 9, 2020

Managers are allowed to require employees to use Skype/Slack and/or Lync under our MLA.

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