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Some telecommuting for government workers could become law


A lot of IT people associate the name "Sarbanes" with working harder. After all, it was Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) who co-sponsored the Sarbanes-Oxley Act that changed the way corporations handle data. Mr. Sarbanes is back but this time he's offering an amendment to an energy-efficiency bill that would require all federal agencies to establish a telework policy. According to the Washington Post, the measure would ensure that employees may telecommute "to the maximum extent possible without diminishing employee performance or agency operations."

Sarbanes, who was joined in this amendment by Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.), says it will promote "a new carbon-neutral federal government."

From the story in the Washington Post:

"A government report this summer counted 119,248 federal employees as regular telecommuters — about 6.6 percent of the federal workforce. Proponents of telecommuting contend that more federal employees could work from home if agencies were willing to adjust their office and staffing rules and modify some business practices."

Sarbanes says the amendment would provide for the training and monitoring of telecommuters and that each agency would be required to name a full-time, senior employee as the "telework managing officer."

Since this is a government-proposed action that will actually be put into action by the government, we can probably expect to see it happen right around the time Brad and Angelina's kids join the AARP.

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