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9:17 pm, September 1, 2014

Telework News

Tele-goofing off?

Telework and other workplace flexibilities are a good thing for government and the private sector. Rather than attempting to reverse telework programs due to a few bad apples, we should be working on fixing the problems, says Jeff Neal, former chief human capital officer at DHS.

Friday - 08/29/2014, 03:59am EDT

Robert Budens, President, Patent Office Professional Association

The telework controversy at the Patent and Trademark Office might not even be a telework problem to begin with. Poor management and misinformation might have caused it. That's according to Robert Budens, president of the Patent Office Professional Association. He explained his take on the issue on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 05:15pm EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

A report on employees' abuse of telework is damaging a Patent and Trademark Office program long held as a model for other agencies. PTO's challenges demonstrate the need for the government to update the rules that define what work means. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss why PTO's problems are the next hurdle every agency must jump through to make telework successful. Read Jason's related article .

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 09:21am EDT
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PTO's telework troubles open new pothole in feds' road to success

The Patent and Trademark Office's challenges demonstrate the need for the government to modernize its rules defining what it means to perform work. Experts say PTO's challenges are part of the growing pains of telework.

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 04:51am EDT
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John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

Congress and Obama Administration leaders have drummed it into our heads: Telework is a good thing. Employees like it, it saves money on real estate and it helps agencies operate during emergencies. But now one program that's held up as a model is under scrutiny. The inspector general says Patent and Trademark Office managers looked the other way as their employees repeatedly abused the agency's telework program. Will this make others skeptical about work from home setups? John Palguta, vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service, joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with a few ideas.

Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 10:15am EDT
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Mika Cross, Work/Life and Wellness Program Manager, Agriculture Department

Federal News Radio's Causey Awards honor top achievers in federal human resources. It's named after our own Mike Causey, in tribute to his career spent reporting on issues that matter to the federal workforce. This year, judges have selected four winners. One is Mika Cross, the work-life and wellness program manager at the Agriculture Department. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how she convinced USDA to use telework as a strategic tool. View more about our 2014 Causey Award winners.

Monday - 08/04/2014, 03:28pm EDT
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Jerry Irvine, CIO and Partner of Prescient Solutions

Federal employees are prime targets for hackers. If not properly secured, the computers and mobile devices they carry could open up their agency's network to malicious attacks. Devices can be especially vulnerable when you're on vacation and it's easy to let your guard down. Jerry Irvine is the chief information officer and a partner of Prescient Solutions. He told Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive what feds should be aware of when they're traveling.

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 03:58pm EDT
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OPM urges DC federal agencies to allow telework during US-Africa Leaders Summit

The Office of Personnel Management is recommending teleworking for agencies Aug. 4-6, to avoid road restrictions and delays caused by the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. Due to the size of the event, OPM expects heavy traffic congestion in the city during the three days and suggests employees and agencies leaders prepare.

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 03:55pm EDT

Obama gives feds right to request more flexible work options

Federal employees now have the right to request a more flexible work schedule and managers must "carefully" consider those requests, President Barack Obama told agency heads in a June 23 memo on expanding workplace flexibility in the federal government. The memo, which coincided with a White House conference on working families, also encourages agency heads to expand flexible workplace policies, such as telework, alternative work schedules and temporary part-time duty "to the maximum extent practicable."

Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 01:37pm EDT

Telework brings out underlying trust issues in federal workforce

Trust boils down to workers demonstrating a sense of reliability and consistency. With reliability and consistency, "people begin to depend on each other to get things done in the workplace." Without it, an agency can be doomed, says Michael Gelles of Deloitte.

Wednesday - 05/21/2014, 05:03am EDT
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Engagement & leadership development across the federal workforce

Fred Steckler, the CAO at the US. Patent and Trademark Office, discusses his agency's number one ranking in the latest Best Places to Work in Government survey, and Deloitte's David Dye and Katherine Ryan talk about employee management and how to engage the workforce.
March 21, 2014

Friday - 03/21/2014, 05:37pm EDT
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Teleworkers vs. commuters: Pick your poison!

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: When federal agencies tell employees to stay home because of bad weather, is it fair to require others to telework from home?

Tuesday - 03/11/2014, 02:00am EDT

The morning after the week that was...

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Should teleworkers get time off too when their commuting colleagues get a snow day? Or does teleworking mean you work while others rest or play?

Monday - 03/10/2014, 02:00am EDT

Are you suffering from Laptop Amnesia?

Did you ever use the time-honored, dog-ate-my-homework excuse in school? Now that you are a grown-up, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know if the excuse du jour has switched to laptop amnesia on snow days.

Thursday - 03/06/2014, 02:00am EST

Teleworking: The downside

Back in the day, teleworking was an unusual perk that many bosses didn't like. Today lots of people are doing it, but some of them say it has a downside, especially during snowstorms, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 03/04/2014, 02:00am EST

The status of telework in the federal government

Jennifer Mattingley hosts a roundtable discussion of the the status of telework in the federal government.
January 24, 2014

Friday - 01/24/2014, 10:33pm EST
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Fed agencies open Wednesday under two-hour delayed arrival

Due to wintry weather conditions in the D.C. region, federal agencies will be open Wednesday, Jan. 22, under a two-hour delayed arrival. Employees also have the option for unscheduled leave or telework. The Office of Personnel Management says employees should plan to arrive for work no more than two hours later than they would normally be expected to arrive.

Tuesday - 01/21/2014, 10:03pm EST

Report: Nearly half of the federal workforce eligible to telework

The number of federal employees deemed eligible to telework nearly doubled last year. All told, nearly half of the entire federal workforce - more than 1 million employees - has been determined to be eligible to telework, according to an annual report to Congress from the Office of Personnel Management. OPM's report, the second since President Barack Obama signed the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010, also noted sizable gains in the number of agencies with telework policies in place, in the number employees who signed telework agreements governing their work outside the office and in the frequency with which they telework.

Wednesday - 12/18/2013, 01:03pm EST

Mobile, telework create potential savings, increase productivity at agencies

Emerging technologies like cloud, wireless access and virtualization are making telework an easy -- and economic -- solution for some agencies.

Friday - 11/22/2013, 03:07pm EST
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GSA unveils new approach to office space

GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini said a new approach to office space will save money and improve how agencies meet their missions. DHS, HHS, Interior and USDA all are on board to try out the Total Workplace initiative. Read the full story.

Friday - 09/20/2013, 07:48am EDT
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