VA slammed for doing end run around telework policy

The Veteran’s Affairs Department is sluggish compared to other agencies' telework activity, according to a new Congressional Research Survey.

The department has identified 87 percent of its employees as ineligible for telework and some say it is discouraging telework participation, reports Federal News Radio.

Bill Preston, president of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 17, has written letters to lawmakers and agency leaders accusing the VA of imposing a cap on the number of attorneys allowed to telework, the news agency said.

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Reader comments

Fri, Feb 17, 2012

Accept the fact that the VA is pure corruption and evilness and then the matter of them doing something like this is not just understandable, but expected. Actually the VA dragging their feet on telework is rather benign compared to the nepotism and other illegal and dishonest stuff they do.

Sat, Feb 11, 2012

The VA has a practice that pretty much says if a Doctor can't do it then you can't do it! VISN 10 in Ohio considers every worker essential, so when you have bad weather every worker has to report because they are considered mission essential. The people that run VA is a joke, they lack people skills to deal with Vets and the employees who work their.

Fri, Feb 10, 2012

A full 87% not eligible, sounds kind of "fishy" to me.

Fri, Feb 10, 2012 Fed Worker PA

Another point missed is that Teleworking is not for everyone regardless of their duty position. Some individuals may not have the skills, focus, and maturity to be productive teleworkers. Others may have too many other competing priorities that would interfere with successful, productive teleworking. Supervisors have the responsibility to counsel individuals requesting telework and determine, through experience of working with the requesting individual, if teleworking is suitable or not on a case by case basis, not by duty position, seniority, or percentage of staff already teleworking. Teleworking MUST be looked at as a Tool to enhance productivity and efficiency, not just as convenience to staff who wish to work at home so they can also take care of their cats, dogs, gold fish, children, parents, garden, other home business, save gas money, or improve their golf game.

Fri, Feb 10, 2012

Point missed is that the attorney was trying to do child care while teleworking--that is against the teleworking rules.

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