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DHS uses week-long COOP, telework exercise to prepare for pandemic

Department to conduct training Sept. 21. It encourages as many employees as possible to telework at least one day that week.

Tags: management , Elaine Duke , DHS , OPM , GAO , Telework Exchange , H1N1 pandemic , COOP ,

Monday - 09/14/2009, 06:10pm EDT

For telework and COOP, GSA leads the way

Officials are still keeping a wary eye on the possibility of a new spike in the number of H1N1 swine flu cases across the country. The chance that large numbers of people could get sick concerns those tasked with keeping the Federal Government up and running. One local group which promotes teleworking is out with a new study on whether or not the government is ready.

Tags: management , Telework Exchange , Intel , Nigel Ballard , Josh Sawislak , GSA , Max Cacas

Tuesday - 12/08/2009, 07:01am EST
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Connolly proposes rewards for teleworkers

Rep. Gerry Connolly wants OPM to increase the number of teleworkers and find out how many agencies keep them on the job during office closures, which could be keeping the numbers down. Connolly is also asking Metro officials how they can avoid snow shutdowns for above-ground metro and bus service used by 40% of federal commuters.

Tags: Congressional Spotlight , Gerry Connolly , Metro , OPM , Congress

Thursday - 02/11/2010, 10:08am EST
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New best practices at U.S. Patent and Trademark Office save time, taxpayer dollars

Director David Kappos explains that establishing trust between unions and managers -- and setting concrete deadlines -- helped quickly change the Examiner Count System, which will help eliminate a gigantic backlog and save money.

Tags: management , USPTO , David Kappos , best practices , Examiner Count System , pay & benefits , Dorothy Ramienski

Tuesday - 11/17/2009, 08:15pm EST
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Feds strike a blow for teleworking

The recent concern over the spread of the H1N1 flu virus has again called attention to "continuity of operations" (COOP) in the Federal Government. According to the most recent report from the Office of Personnel Management, just over half of all Federal agencies include teleworking as part of their COOP planning. A local group held a lunchtime event yesterday at the Federal Triangle to push the cause of teleworking.

Tags: management , P&B , Telework Exchange , EPA , Josh Sawislak , GSA , Danette Campbell , USPTO , Gerry Connolly , Max Cacas

Wednesday - 11/11/2009, 07:15am EST
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House to vote on telework bill Thursday

Lawmakers are expected to consider a bill to expand teleworking in the federal government. Maryland Congressman John Sarbanes tells Federal News Radio his legislation enjoys wide bipartisan support, and is expected to pass easily in the House later today.

Tags: management , Pay&benefits , John Sarbanes , Gerry Connolly , Frank Wolf , Telework Improvements Act of 2009 , House of Representatives , Max Cacas

Wednesday - 05/05/2010, 07:04am EDT
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OPM's Berry considers turning telework on its ear

OPM Director Berry sees managers and money as the two biggest obstacles to telework, and he's got some ideas about overcoming both.

Tags: mngt , technology , lessons learned , best practices , John Berry , OPM , AFGE

Wednesday - 03/24/2010, 03:21pm EDT

OPM to submit hiring reform advice to White House next week

"Change" has been the mantra of John Berry, the director of the Office of Personnel Management. Yesterday, he shared his latest thoughts on how he plans to implement change with the Federal Managers Association.

Tags: management , P&B , OPM , John Berry , GSA , USPTO , KSA , Max Cacas , federal hiring , best practices

Wednesday - 03/17/2010, 06:56am EDT
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Teleworking becomes top of mind for federal government

Now that the worst of the weather has passed, the Office of Personnel Management and the Obama administration are looking at lessons learned regarding the federal government's teleworking policies.

Tags: pay & benefits , management , COOP , telecommuting , OPM , GSA , USPTO , John Berry , Dorothy Ramienski

Thursday - 02/11/2010, 02:20pm EST
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