Telework bill could be near tipping point

Monday - 7/26/2010, 1:43pm EDT

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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