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NAPA panel on telework's impacts

Workplace policies covering over two million federal employees deeply affect millions more private-sector employees. That’s a key takeaway from even cursory study of scores of cities and towns impacted by vastly increased federal telework brought on by the COVID pandemic. Fully occupied federal offices and facilities buoy and otherwise affect businesses and communities around them, and fewer feds onsite and more feds working remotely changes this equation. 

On Wednesday, June 30, at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time, the National Academy of Public Administration will hold an expert panel discussion exploring some of the economic and social impacts—and, with much of enhanced federal telework likely to continue, how urban economies are likely to change around the new normal. The panel will also explore related subjects—such as the many factors that will plug into agency and management decisions about telework, now and in the future. 

“The panel will consider how federal agencies are examining future policy on telework and remote work in the aftermath of the pandemic,” declares the NAPA release on the event. “The discussion will also consider agency decision-making on remote work in the context of the administration’s overall commitment to restoring economic vitality to our nation’s urban areas.” 

Participants on the panel will include Philip McNamara, Assistant Secretary for Administration at the Department of Transportation; Oscar Gonzales, Assistant Secretary for Administration at the Department of Agriculture; Denise Turner Roth, former GSA administrator and current President of U.S. Advisory Services, WSP U.S.A. ; John Falcicchio, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, District of Columbia and David Warm, Executive Director, Mid-America Regional Council. Norman Dong, Managing Director at FD Stonewater, and the former Commissioner of Public Buildings at G.S.A. will moderate the event. 

If interested, you can register to attend virtually via a NAPA sign-up page for the Zoom event.

Reader comments

Fri, Jun 25, 2021

Wrong-o! New studies are showing big jump in productivity working from home! Check it out google work from home studies covid.

Tue, Jun 22, 2021

Ever Federal employee should report to work. More productive this way. Work for Feds and tried home to many distraction around you inside and out

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