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Feds urged to boost telework

Many American workers would gladly take a smaller paycheck to work at home, according to a new survey.

But for that to happen, the federal government must expand broadband availability to deliver faster and better Internet services, according to the National E-Work Survey, conducted by the Positively Broadband Campaign, which encourages broadband use. The survey polled 1,000 registered voters in April.

"A significant amount of Americans see clear value in telecommuting if given the option," according to the survey, released July 18. "They see it as improving their lives, improving the quality of their work, and a significant amount of people are willing to take less salary in order to have the option to telecommute."

Broadband connectivity is important, according to the organization, because it opens the door to large-scale file-sharing, collaboration, videoconferencing and Webcasting.

Team recruits for tech careers

The Defense Information Systems Agency and the National Science Center (NSC) are combining their resources to attract young people to math, science and technology careers.

The federal government and the nation are faced with a shortage of personnel in high-tech fields, and DISA and NSC signed a memorandum of understanding July 30 to help introduce students to technical careers before they enter college, said Maj. Gen. James Bryan, DISA's vice director.

NSC, a partnership between a nonprofit organization, the National Science Center Inc., and the U.S. Army, encourages an interest in math and science careers among youth. DISA, responsible for the command, control, communications and information systems of the Defense Department, will work to include a greater focus on information technology within NSC.

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