House Committee Approves Telework Bill

March 18, 2008 by Ben Bain, fcw.com

Legislation that would force agencies to focus on their telework programs and expand them as well as establish governmentwide rules for federal telecommuting is on its way to the House Floor after the House Homeland Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved it by voice vote Mar. 13.

The Telework Improvements Act of 2007, introduced last November, would require agencies to allow authorized employees to telework at least 20 percent of the time during a two-week period. It would also require the General Services Administration, in consultation with the Office of Personnel Management, to be responsible for helping implement a telework policy by providing advice, assistance and guidance to agencies.