DISA pins workforce hopes on telework

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Defense Information Systems Agency is looking at making telework available as a way of keeping its workforce, the head of the agency said.

Air Force Lt. Gen. Charlie Croom, DISA's director, said the issue is particularly important for the organization right now because many of DISA's jobs have been moved from Northern Virginia, where the agency has been located for years, across the Potomac River to Maryland as a result of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) decision.

That decision affects the 4,400 people at DISA's headquarters.

"They don't want to leave," Croom said in a speech at the IPIC 2006 conference here. Speaking to a mostly industry group, he said, "I am bleeding to death because people like you are stealing my folks."

As a way of keeping people, Croom said DISA is looking at letting people work from home. "My belief is that they can do this work at their house," he said.

The agency is going through the process of determining which jobs can be done from home, but Croom said that telework should be available to most employees. "I'm trying to think of what jobs couldn't be done at home," he said.

The process is still in the early stages. But, Croom said, "we want to be a leader in this area."

Under the BRAC decision, DISA has six years to complete the move.

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Christopher J. Dorobek is the co-anchor of Federal News Radio’s afternoon drive program, The Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris, and the founder, publisher and editor of the DorobekInsider.com, a leading blog for the Federal IT community.

Dorobek joined Federal News Radio in 2008 with 16 years of experience covering government issues with an emphasis on government information technology. Prior to joining Federal News Radio, Dorobek was editor-in-chief of Federal Computer Week, the leading news magazine for government IT decision-makers and the flagship of the 1105 Government Information Group portfolio of publications. As editor-in-chief, Dorobek served as a member of the senior leadership team at 1105 Government Information Group, providing daily editorial direction and management for FCW magazine, FCW.com, Government Health IT and its other editorial products.

Dorobek joined FCW in 2001 as a senior reporter and assumed increasing responsibilities, becoming managing editor and executive editor before being named editor-in-chief in 2006. Prior to joining FCW, Dorobek was a technology reporter at PlanetGov.com, one of the first online community centers for current and former government employees. He also spent five years at Government Computer News, another leading industry publication, covering a variety of federal IT-related issues.

Dorobek is a frequent speaker on issues involving the government IT industry, and has appeared as a frequent contributor to NewsChannel 8’s Federal News Today program. He began his career as a reporter at the Foster’s Daily Democrat, a daily newspaper in Dover, N.H. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He lives in Washington, DC.


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