2012 Status of Telework in the Federal Government
According to the Office of Personnel Management, 21 percent of eligible federal employees telework, up significantly from before the Telework Enhancement Act was passed when just 10 percent of federal employees teleworked.
Excerpts from report:
The signing of the Telework Enhancement Act in December 2010 (the Act), set in motion a transformation of Federal telework that will have the effect of unleashing its potential as a strategic intervention for supporting agency effectiveness. The Act provides a framework of requirements designed to ensure a more systematic implementation of telework in Federal agencies than previously existed and adequate notice to employees of their telework eligibility status. Satisfying these requirements has meant a fundamental shift in how agency stakeholders view and implement telework ~from a strictly individual employee benefit to a strategic organizational change program.
While technology enables telework and forms the basis for successful programs, inadequate technology and data security issues are often mentioned as critical barriers to telework.
Total Number of (Federal) Employees: 2,165,390
Employees Deemed Eligible to Telework: 684,589
Employees with Telework Agreements: 144,851
Employees Teleworking in Sept 2011: 168,558
The full report outlines challenges, structuring and methodology used by the federal government to implement the 2010 mandate to promote telework.
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