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!!

Tue, Mar 10, 2020

I think those here speaking against telework are the unfortunate ones who are not afforded the opportunity to do. If that is the case, we have to understand their view of teleworking. They must feel they are being treated unfairly, and it is in a lot of ways. I personally do telework and believe it or not, I work more hours a day at home then I do in the office (unpaid as of course their is no Overtime in the Govt, and it's my choice to work more hours because you are are usually on a roll and want to finish what you start; (not looking for sympathy just a fact). But please don't lump all teleworkers into one pot of being lazy. As some have said above, a lazy worker at the office is no different at home. Lazy workers are the ones that give ALL US Government workers a bad reputation. And shame on them. There are enough people who think Govt workers are this or that and I wish we wouldn't tear each other down too.

Tue, Mar 10, 2020 Sergio CA

This was a big blow to all SSA employees that work hard and do not abuse the system. Those few employees that do abuse should be dealt with not punish the mass that work hard for the people. Then again, if we work at home, we use less gas, need for autos is less and various other items that hurt big business. So, does the WH administration support its federal workforce, like they say they do, "No." So, for all of you that hate teleworkers. You got your wish. For those of us that just got the rug pulled from under us, we'll keep on working for the people as we always do and keep our heads up. We will get our choice back.

Mon, Mar 9, 2020

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

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