Some 70 percent will still need to update their policies to meet the July deadline for the Telework Enhancement Act.
Exchange, a public-private partnership focused on demonstrating the tangible
value of telework, announced the results of the "Federal Telework Progress
Report: Making the Grade?," which gauges federal telework progress against
Telework Enhancement Act of 2010 requirements, and the provisions within 180
days to build the foundation for a sustainable telework program.
by Juniper Networks, the report found that those most responsible for telework
programs, including official telework managing officers (TMOs), were confident about
meeting the June 7 deadline put forth in the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010. The
report found that federal agencies are making positive strides in telework
advancement. Notably, 86 percent of TMOs reported an increase in telework
participation in the past six months.
to the report, the majority of TMOs said they would meet the June 7 deadline to
establish a telework policy (86 percent), determine the eligibility for all
employees of the agency to participate in telework (84 percent), and notify all
agency employees of their eligibility to telework (76 percent). Additionally,
the majority of agencies surveyed have training programs in place.
goals outlined in the Telework Enhancement Act require agencies to establish
and fill an official TMO position, require a written telework agreement between
eligible employees and managers, develop an interactive training program for
eligible employees and managers of teleworkers, incorporate telework into
continuity of operations plans, and establish a system to collect and track
are making strides in ensuring these requirements are met quickly, with the
majority of agencies ahead of the curve. "Telework is about making the federal
workforce attractive to our country's best and brightest, mitigating traffic in
the Washington region, and reducing emissions and air pollution. It's a win,
win, win," said Congressman John Sarbanes, D-Md., author of the Telework
report also found that while telework participation is on the rise, telework
leaders agree that the top telework challenges are capturing data and managing
program metrics (49 percent), management support (46 percent), and technology
support (38 percent). Additionally, federal agencies have some ground to cover
on updating their policies for purchasing telework-enabling technology set
forth by the Office of Management and Budget. Some 70 percent will still need
to update their policies to meet the agency's July deadline.
evidence of positive and measurable progress, it is inspiring to see federal
agencies embracing the Telework Enhancement Act, and overall creating a more IT
efficient government," said Bob Dix, vice president of U.S. government affairs
and critical infrastructure protection for Juniper Networks. "According to the
report, the majority of TMOs believe their agencies have moved toward ensuring
that adequate security provisions are in place. We can't stress the importance
of having a strong security policy and IT support in place for telework
programs. As agencies ramp up programs and continue to manage a more
distributed workforce, they have to ensure data is protected."