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2:03 pm, March 5, 2015

Telework News

Does your job follow you home?

More and more people are finding their jobs are not only following them home, they follow them like shadows throughout their time away from work. Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President of ICF International, and former Chief Human Capital Officer of the Homeland Security Department, wonders if this constant contact with work more a burden or a blessing.

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 02:13pm EST

Rough Winter. So how often are you doing it?

A long-time employee of the IRS shares the pros and cons of teleworking with Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 02/20/2015, 03:00am EST

Fed agencies in DC open Wednesday with unscheduled leave and telework in effect

Federal agency offices in the Washington, D.C., area are open Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, but employees have the option to take unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework, according to the Office of Personnel Management.

Tuesday - 02/17/2015, 09:43pm EST

What does it mean when the government 'closes' due to weather?

Is it fair to make teleworking federal employees work during a snow day when the rest of the government is closed? Jeff Neal, former Chief Human Capital Officer of the Homeland Security Department, thinks so.

Tuesday - 02/17/2015, 03:16pm EST

Snow days ain't what they used to be

Thanks to technological changes, political correctness and experience, ice, snow and weather events are handled differently than in days of yore, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tuesday - 02/17/2015, 03:00am EST

Don't ask GSA how many full-time teleworkers it has - it doesn't know

An inspector general audit slams the General Services Administration's telework program. It says the agency poorly tracked employees who work outside the office and the costs they incurred.

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 03:00pm EST

Does winter trigger your boss' tyrant-o-meter?

During the cold weather season, it's not how much snow you get that impacts the atmosphere at your federal office as much as how the wintry weather affects your boss' attitude, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Thursday - 01/15/2015, 06:37am EST

Pentagon looks to upgrade its aging videoconferencing infrastructure

The Pentagon has been relying on teleconferencing for decades. The downside is that much of the equipment and technology DoD relies on for video teleconferences (VTCs) has been around for decades.

Monday - 11/24/2014, 04:57am EST

Patent Office commissions review of telework abuse

The Patent and Trademark Office has hired the National Academy of Public Administration to review the agency's vaunted telework programs following allegations that teleworkers are falsifying their timecards and managers do not have the tools to monitor them.

Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 04:02pm EST

Watchdog: Patent telework program invites abuse

Watchdog: 'Easy' for patent office teleworkers to falsify hours

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 06:50pm EST

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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