Some federal agencies to participate in telework event

Telework Exchange is hosting Telework Week from Feb. 14-18

Several federal agencies, including NASA and the General Services Administration, have pledged to participate in Telework Week later this month, according to the Telework Exchange.

Telework Week is a nationwide effort to encourage agencies, organizations, and individuals to pledge to telework during the week of Feb. 14. The goal is to demonstrate the effectiveness of telework and to allow organizations to test their capabilities. As of today, 8,338 people and organizations had signed up for the telework effort , the organization’s website said.

Other government agencies that reportedly will be participating in the event include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Agriculture Department, the Air Force, the Army and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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"Telework Week provides an opportunity for managers and employees to pilot telework initiatives in their workplaces and ensure the efficacy of their IT infrastructure to handle telecommuting," Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-Va.) said in a statement.  "It also provides a good opportunity for managers to test and update their business continuity plans to ensure readiness in the event of a natural or man made disaster.”

Icy weather conditions this week in the Washington area prompted the Office of Personnel Management to announce that federal employees had the option for unscheduled telework or unscheduled leave today. Federal employees also have the telework option on Feb. 2.

OPM Director John Berry – a proponent of teleworking – encouraged federal employees to discuss their work plans with managers in advance of expected bad weather. 

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Reader comments

Fri, Feb 4, 2011

To say there is not sufficient work for all is due to management. I as a contractor can telework and have plenty to do. The lack of work is due to poor planning from top management not the employees. If a person has no work whether teleworking or on site will not change anything.

Thu, Feb 3, 2011 Big G

It's a FAD! Last time it was called Telecenters. GSA stopped funding them .This will go away too.

Wed, Feb 2, 2011

Our agency DCAA is still set in the Dark Ages, telework is something they endure, but hate to particpate in and all the office have different policies and procedures, but their bottom line is to prevent it. I have worked for several govenment agencies and have never experienced this before.

Wed, Feb 2, 2011

One of the issues with teleworking is for agencies that depend on contractor staff. The contractos all want to telework too and if they can't telework, a govt supervisor has to be onsite. It becomes a management and work delegation nightmare. About half of the staff that do telework, don't really have a constant stream of work to do all day, or they do enough to get by. At least if they are in their seats they are visibly "on duty" and easier to reach out and touch. Out of sight out of mind, out of work is my opinion of teleworking.

Wed, Feb 2, 2011 Dave K

Telework week is RIGHT NOW, for many of us... thanks to the weather!

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