The department’s 550 employees will become the first agency in the D.C. government system to be a ROWE, according to GovLoop.
The person behind the decision is 35-year-old CTO Brian Sivlak. According to the American Progress, Sivlak said there were three main reasons for starting ROWE: budget cuts, a citywide hiring freeze and the challenege of recruiting top-notch IT professionals to lower government pay.
Sivlak told American Progress, “In the long run I hope we can prove this should be the way an organization can function. Not just in OCTO, not just in D.C. government, not just in government, but anywhere. It’s about time we start investing some trust in people, and giving them responsibility and holding them accountable.”