President Obama signed into a law today the bipartisan telework bill that enhances telework opportunities for federal employees.
“We’re talking about bringing the government into the 21st century from a technology point of view and every other point of view,” bill sponsor Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) told Federal News Radio last month after the House passed its version of the bill. The Senate had passed similar legislation in September.
Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.), one of the bill sponsors, said the legislation will be a key in recruiting and retaining the “best and brightest workers.”
According to Sarbanes’ website, the legislation will:
Instruct OPM to issue government-wide telework guidelines and require each agency to develop a telework policy for their employees.
Designate a Telework Managing Officer in each agency to oversee telework.
Provide greater access to telework training and education and provide teleworks with greater protection against punitive treatment by supervisors and managers.
Require each agency to integrate telework into its Continuity of Operations Planning.
Require OPM to compile government-wide data on telework.
Require the Government Accountability Office to evaluate agency compliance.