12 telework centers shuttered

GSA cuts funding to telework centers

The General Services Administration is cutting off funding for a dozen telework centers in the Washington, D.C.-metro region, reports Federal News Radio.

Although the recently passed Telework Enhancement Act provides telework opportunities for federal employees, the legislation did not provide funding for telework centers, which cost about $3 million per year to operate.

The 12 centers to be shuttered in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia did not have adequate sources of funding or substantial income to keep operating, the article states.

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Reader comments

Fri, Mar 11, 2011

A step in the right fiscal direction. It's about time. Not sure why these weren't shut down long ago. I guess back-in-the-day, when analogue was the only way into the net from home, they were useful. Thank goodness for fiber optics!

Fri, Mar 4, 2011

Good! Telework centers are a waste of federal dollars except for personnel who need SCIF'd facilities. Let these people work from home. What is the deal with all this push back from federal managers? Trust your people unless you have a reason not to. Just because they spend 2 hours commuting into DC and sitting in a seat for 8 hours doesn't make them productive.

Fri, Mar 4, 2011 John

Agencies should have setup the means to login to their networks securely by now and employees telework from home. It works, it has proven itself during extreme weather and thus, paid for itself in overall costs. That should be a high priority because it does have a quick ROI and can save money every year thereafter, plus boost morale, for a change.

Thu, Mar 3, 2011

I attempted to use a telework center in Maryland, but was told by my telework representative that I would have to pay the monthly rent myself. No wonder these centers are under-used.

Thu, Mar 3, 2011

By selecting the Federal News Radio link I was able to get a little more information and three of the centers in southern Maryland serve a total of 77 people at a cost of approximately $3M a year for each of the centers --- clearly a lose/lose situation.

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