OPM online training course aims to make telework more accessible

Monday - 1/23/2012, 4:05pm EST

The Office of Personnel Management wants to make it easier for employees who want to telework to complete an online training course, which is mandated by law before signing an agreement with their managers.

OPM Director John Berry wrote in a memo to agency leaders that OPM has updated the telework training for employees and managers offered through Telework.gov.

The 2010 Telework Enhancement Act requires federal workers to complete training and sign a written agreement with their supervisor before they are allowed to telework. Managers must also go through the online telework training, the law mandates.

The training offered on Telework.gov covers basics such as setting up a home office and reassuring your manager that you can live up to their expectations. The upgrades to the online training will let agencies track the use and completion of the training, among other things, according to the memo.

Agencies do not have to pay for the OPM training.

Berry said telework aids in "the ability of the federal government to maintain operations in the face of events, such as weather-related emergencies and situations involving a threat to national security."

It's a timely reminder as telework-ready federal employees in the Washington area work from home Monday rather than commute on icy roads. Non-telework eligible feds had to come to the office, albeit two hours late.

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