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Telework News

Even design trends favor telework

A home office makes your home more attractive.

Monday - 11/08/2010, 01:45pm EST

Best of the DorobekINSIDER

Best of the DorobekINSIDER with the best recent interviews.

Thursday - 11/04/2010, 04:38pm EDT

Unions to management: stop talking, start doing telework

AFGE, NTEU lead discussion to broaden discussion about telecommuting to more than just during emergencies. The White House is working on a new governmentwide telework policy. AFGE wants to add telework options into new bargaining agreements.

Thursday - 11/04/2010, 07:40am EDT
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Debate over telework provisions in union contracts

Federal News Radio's Jason Miller explains the new telework provisions in contracts from the American Federation of Government Employees.

Wednesday - 11/03/2010, 07:31pm EDT
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Virtual meetings to help meet sustainability, cost-cutting goals.

Agencies can take a lesson from the General Services Administration's newly announced telepresence plan aimed at saving money and the earth.

GSA discussed recently their $18 million plan to build what they call virtual meeting centers within 11 of regional headquarters offices and four headquarters offices in the Washington-metro area.

Agencies with their own telepresence capabilities can interoperate with the new GSA virtual centers with the proper technical set up. Bob Lesino, GSA spokesman tells InformationWeek, agencies need to be able to deliver and receive 1080p video resolution and support H.323/H.264.

The idea behind telepresence moves video teleconferencing to another level. GSA touts the technology behind the centers, boasting "live, face-to-face, immersive meeting experiences." Each room is expected to have high-definition video and advanced audio equipment.

"You will feel like you are making eye contact [with the other person], [you will] feel like you are sitting across the table from them, almost as if you can pass the person a cup of coffee, " said Martha Johnson, GSA administrator. "As the federal government's workplace solutions expert, GSA is exploring new ways to create a more efficient, cost-effective, and sustainable government for the American people. This includes incorporating innovative and collaborative technologies like virtual meeting centers to create seamless connections around the world. Availability of virtual meeting technology will help launch our government to the next level of productivity."

The goal is for GSA to become a model for technologies that enable a mobile workforce, she added.

The whole point of telepresence is to make it easier to get the job done. And saving time and money is part of that equation.

"The cost of travel is not just the price of a plane ticket. You have to factor in the sheer wear and tear of travel on people, " said Johnson.

The centers will be available for use by all agencies at a fixed hourly rate. The network will let any subscribing agency meet with counterparts in Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago, Kansas City, Fort Worth, Denver, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, as well as with counterparts in other telepresence networks nationally and internationally.

The centers will also be made available to stateside military families so that they can meet virtually with service members overseas.

AT&T will develop and manage the virtual network through a task order under GSA's Networx Enterprise contract. Once the network is operational, agencies will be able to order and schedule virtual meeting sessions through a secure Web portal as well as through a valet that will be available around the clock.

Johnson said the first of the virtual meeting centers will be operational in early 2011.

Tuesday - 11/02/2010, 06:43pm EDT

Telework remains a work in progress

The White House reiterated its strong support of flexible workplace arrangements -- which includes telework.

Tuesday - 11/02/2010, 06:00am EDT

Teleworkers are so last fiscal year

Faster, smaller, hipper, and even more efficient, teleworkers are morphing into mobile workers.

Monday - 11/01/2010, 05:12pm EDT

D.C. telecenters to lose GSA funding

Administrator Martha Johnson said changes in the way people work and the technology they have access to are major reasons why GSA will no longer guarantee a specific number of workers at the area telecenters. GSA remains committed to telework in other ways, including the launch of a new collaboration platform called FedSpace. It also awarded a contract to deploy telepresence at 15 offices around the country.

Thursday - 10/28/2010, 07:09am EDT
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Kansas City GSA office finds telework success

The DorobekINSIDER asked about telework lessons learned from GSA's Mike Brinks, Regional Commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service in Kansas City, Missouri; and Ellen Upchurch, Supervisory Contract Specialist with the Centers for Facilities, Maintainance and Hardware.

Wednesday - 10/27/2010, 06:36pm EDT
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DISA to offer classified telework perk

As part of a huge move, DISA finds little things can mean the most. To keep just a few feds on the job, a new classified telework center is in the works. We get details from DISA's Jack Penkoske.

Tuesday - 10/26/2010, 09:40am EDT
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Five steps to telework for managers

Telework may well be the wave of the future, but you need to be positioned to catch that wave.

Monday - 10/25/2010, 12:55pm EDT

DoD finds simple security solution for telework

Lightweight Portable Security for secure home connections can allow workers to telework.

Thursday - 10/21/2010, 04:16pm EDT

Federal telework mindset is shifting

The ability to telework is subtly moving from "want to" to "have to."

Monday - 10/18/2010, 05:30pm EDT

The 5-step guide to managing teleworkers

Sandra Gurvis, author of the Handbook for Managing Telework, joined the DorobekINSIDER to discuss the five steps to successfully managing teleworkers.

Friday - 10/15/2010, 07:05pm EDT
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Feds prepare for explosion in mobile devices, apps

Agencies are testing an assortment of smartphones and tablet computers to improve how their workforces meet their missions. But there still are questions about the security of these devices.

Thursday - 10/14/2010, 07:20am EDT
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Best of the DorobekINSIDER

On this Columbus Day, the DorobekINSIDER brings you the best recent stories we think are worth another listen.

Monday - 10/11/2010, 01:41pm EDT

In case of emergency, pull on telework

Telework proves itself again when a Continuity of Operations Plan comes together.

Friday - 10/08/2010, 06:44pm EDT

OPM extends telework program through 2011

The Office of Personnel Management is extending its Results Only Work Environment, or ROWE, pilot through 2011. Justin Johnson, deputy chief of staff at OPM, told Federal News Radio's Jason Miller about OPM's decision to extend the program and how the ROWE pilot is going to date.

Thursday - 10/07/2010, 06:48pm EDT
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Cybersecurity and telework make an interesting team

Tight security measures both tighten the leashes of executives, while driving them out of the office.

Monday - 10/04/2010, 11:30am EDT

Telework compromise passes Senate

The bill now awaits House approval

Thursday - 09/30/2010, 02:49pm EDT
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