GSA applauds telework ruling

The Government Accountability Office's recent ruling that an agency can use appropriated funds to reimburse teleworking employees for their Internet access is an affirmation of General Services Administration policy, GSA said today.

"Telework is a critical part of managing the 21st century workplace, both in the private sector and within the federal government, and GSA recognizes the importance of alternative workplace arrangements and its benefits to employees, productivity and the environment,” said Kevin Messner, acting associate administrator of governmentwide policy.

Messner said GSA officials are pleased that GAO upheld the GSA policy. The GAO decision pertained to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. It is consistent with guidance GSA issued in a March 2006 Federal Management Regulation Bulletin. GSA plans to issue more detailed policy guidance on telework technology issues later this year.

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