IRS plans telecommuting pilot
- By Colleen O'Hara
- May 15, 2000
The IRS plans to kick off a telecommuting pilot project in mid-June that
would allow some of its employees to work from home several days a week.
The IRS' Flexiplace pilot program will involve about 20 employees from the
IRS' Information Systems Office of Information Resources Management. The
pilot is scheduled to run about three months and will be voluntary.
The employees who partake for the pilot will work at home from one to three
days a week. They will use a laptop computer and have remote access to e-mail.
During the days they work in the office, employees will be assigned a temporary
workspace where they can plug in their computers to access the agency network
under a concept dubbed "hoteling."
Before the pilot begins, the participants will be trained by a vendor on
how to do their jobs under a telecommuting arrangement. Managers will be
trained in remote management skills, said Adriane Thormahlen, senior analyst
in the IRM office, speaking at the General Services Administration's annual
Trail Boss Roundup in Williamsburg, Va., last week. Later this year, the
IRS' Information Systems System Development group will conduct a similar