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Congress drives the point home on telework
Tuesday - 7/20/2010, 6:00am EDT
Congress is trying to do something about that.
The House approved a bill that would create government-wide regulations for teleworking and instruct each federal agency to come up with policies to promote the practice.
A big proponent of the bill, Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md., says teleworking helps recruit and retain a better work force, improves worker morale, reduces traffic congestion and the government's carbon footprint and ensures continuity of operations.
Another sponsor of the bill, Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., agrees.
"There's nothing magical about strapping yourself into a metal box and driving 25 and 35 miles a day to a place that's sitting before a laptop when you can do it at home."
The Office of Personnel Management said there were about 103,000 employees teleworking at least once a month in 2008, up slightly from the previous year but down from 140,000 in 2004.
The Senate has passed similar legislation.