The state of telework in the government

The closing of federal agencies last winter proved how telework can help keep work from piling up as high as the record snowfall. Although forecasters are predicting an average winter for the Washington, D.C., area this year, with — thankfully — average precipitation, it is a good time to review the state of telework for government employees.



Sources: Office of Personnel Management, Partnership for Public Service and Booz Allen Hamilton

Note: OPM report does not include data from the intelligence community.

About the Author

Stephen Weigand is the graphics reporter for Federal Computer Week.

FCW in Print

In the latest issue: Looking back on three decades of big stories in federal IT.


  • Anne Rung -- Commerce Department Photo

    Exit interview with Anne Rung

    The government's departing top acquisition official said she leaves behind a solid foundation on which to build more effective and efficient federal IT.

  • Charles Phalen

    Administration appoints first head of NBIB

    The National Background Investigations Bureau announced the appointment of its first director as the agency prepares to take over processing government background checks.

  • Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.)

    Senator: Rigid hiring process pushes millennials from federal work

    Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said agencies are missing out on younger workers because of the government's rigidity, particularly its protracted hiring process.

  • FCW @ 30 GPS

    FCW @ 30

    Since 1987, FCW has covered it all -- the major contracts, the disruptive technologies, the picayune scandals and the many, many people who make federal IT function. Here's a look back at six of the most significant stories.

  • Shutterstock image.

    A 'minibus' appropriations package could be in the cards

    A short-term funding bill is expected by Sept. 30 to keep the federal government operating through early December, but after that the options get more complicated.

  • Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco

    DOD launches new tech hub in Austin

    The DOD is opening a new Defense Innovation Unit Experimental office in Austin, Texas, while Congress debates legislation that could defund DIUx.

Reader comments

Sun, Dec 5, 2010

I am a government employee (not a contractor) who has been successfully teleworking for 19 months, full time from a location that is very remote from the office, and all I want to say is this: teleworking can work as long as there is a clearly defined agreement between the employee and the employee’s supervisor(s) on what is expected to be accomplished during telework sessions. This agreement needs to address not only what tasks the supervisor expects the employee to accomplish while teleworking but also how and what kind of support the supervisor will provide the employee during the process of accomplishing those tasks. There is nothing more frustrating than working on a task, then have an issue come up that only the supervisor can resolve, and then not get any responses from the supervisor. If the supervisor fails to respond to the employee’s request for assistance with the issue, or is untimely when responding, then the employee’s ability to complete the task within the expected timeframes becomes a problem … one that will ultimately reflect negatively on the employee.

Wed, Nov 10, 2010

Maybe another big snow storm will drive the telework message home. Can we have a closure encore.

Mon, Nov 8, 2010

We were told to sign teleworking papers, then we were told we can not telework. However, it brings the numbers up for our agency on the number of people teleworking (because they cound the number of signed papers)- even though we do not telework. I am waiting for this year for them to close the govt down for a snow storm and my manager telling my that I will be expected to work from home. This will be the only time I will be allowed. However, contractors can telework all they want!

Fri, Nov 5, 2010

Only Patent Office numbers add - good job! Must be lots of us teleworking 2.1-2.99999 %

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above

More from 1105 Public Sector Media Group