Telework bill could be near tipping point

Now that legislation to expand telework in the federal government has passed both chambers of Congress, sponsors are working to reconcile the two bills and get a final product to President Obama’s desk, GovExec reports. The Senate and House versions of the 2010 Telework Enhancement Act are similar, according to a House staffer. They are designed to expand telecommuting opportunities governmentwide by making employees presumptively eligible and requiring agencies to take a number of actions to expand their telework programs. The Senate measure (S. 707), sponsored by Sens. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, and George Voinovich, R-Ohio, passed in May, and the House version (H.R. 1722) passed with a simple majority on July 14 after originally falling short of the two-thirds majority needed under suspension of the House rules.

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