Thursday, December 9, 2010

Obama Signs Telework Bill (Finally!)

A law signed by President Obama Thursday afternoon means many employees in the D.C. area will have more opportunities to work from home.

The Telework Enhancement Act was spearheaded by area congressmen Gerry Connolly (D-VA), John Sarbanes (D-MD) and Frank Wolf (R-VA). It requires federal agencies to develop more robust telework plans.

For example, every federal agency now must designate a telework managing officer to oversee its telework program.

Telework also now has to be part of an agency's contingency plan for emergency or weather situations. The practice reportedly saved the government millions of dollars during last winter's snowstorms.

Lawmakers also say this could be a way to get a lot of cars off D.C. area roadways, improving the commute for everyone.

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