Editorial: Prepare for the worst

Federal managers who have been reluctant to let employees telecommute may be running out of options.

Under a proposed amendment to the Commerce Department's fiscal 2005 spending bill, agencies that do not offer employees a telecommuting option as required by a 2001 law could lose up to $5 million from their budgets as a penalty. Other legislation could be in store if agencies fail to increase the number of teleworkers.

Federal officials have toyed with the idea of boosting opportunities for telework for years. Interest was heightened during the Internet boom because so many corporations offered it as a perk

Featured

  • Defense
    Ryan D. McCarthy being sworn in as Army Secretary Oct. 10, 2019. (Photo credit: Sgt. Dana Clarke/U.S. Army)

    Army wants to spend nearly $1B on cloud, data by 2025

    Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said lack of funding or a potential delay in the JEDI cloud bid "strikes to the heart of our concern."

  • Congress
    Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) at the Hack the Capitol conference Sept. 20, 2018

    Jim Langevin's view from the Hill

    As chairman of of the Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committe and a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rhode Island Democrat Jim Langevin is one of the most influential voices on cybersecurity in Congress.

Stay Connected

FCW INSIDER

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.