Telecommuting incentive sought

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) asked President Clinton to issue a new executive

order that would expand the use of telecommuting for federal workers in

the Washington, D.C., area.

In a letter sent April 27, Wolf said he was "disappointed" that the telecommuting

provision was stripped from the executive order that the president signed

April 22.

The executive order supports increased transit benefits to federal employees

in an effort to reduce traffic congestion, but did not include the telecommuting

provision that was in the original draft.

"Stripping telecommuting from the executive order is detrimental to public

safety, public health, the environment and the quality of life for all who

live and work in the Washington metropolitan area," Wolf said in the letter.

He asked the president to issue a new order that would include the telecommuting

option.

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