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Bill extends agency telework through the pandemic

A bipartisan Senate bill would extend full-time agency telework, requiring federal agencies to let eligible employees work from home during the COVID-19 emergency.

The Pandemic Federal Telework Act of 2020 is designed to support telework for any federal job that can be done remotely, while providing management and tech support for teleworking employees.

The bill requires special training for federal managers who supervise teleworking employees and also amends the Modernizing Government Technology Act to stipulate that the Technology Modernization Fund can be used for projects designed to support telework. It also requires the development of a plan to cope with future pandemics and makes the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services responsible for determining a public health state of emergency.

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