Wexton, Connolly, Sarbanes Introduce Telework Metrics and Cost Savings Act
Legislation to Stop Trump Rollback of Federal Telework
Washington, March 5, 2020
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA), Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), and Congressman John Sarbanes (D-MD) introduced the Telework Metrics and Cost Savings Act, legislation to expand federal telework.
“Telework programs save taxpayer money and improve productivity across the federal workforce,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “As we face a serious public health emergency through the spread of the coronavirus, along with many other 21st-century challenges, we must use every tool at our disposal – especially proven and effective programs, like federal telework – to ensure continuity of operations and effective government service for the American people.”
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Federal Continuity Directive 1, “there is a direct relationship between an organization’s COOP plan and telework.” “Telework can assist the sustainment of essential functions during a change to the normal operating status such as a pandemic…” “Telework is a program that can provide critical support to the sustainment of essential functions [and] telework options enhance the organization’s resilience and continuity capacity.”
The most recent Report on the Status of Telework in the Federal Government, found federal telework is contracting for the first time since the implementation of the Telework Enhancement Act in FY2012. The Department of Education, the Department of Agriculture, and the Social Security Administration have all enforced across-the-board cuts to their agency telework programs, with more agencies looking to follow suit.
Text of the legislation is here.