WASHINGTON – Congress is finding ways to encourage teleworking by federal employees, saying it will improve morale, reduce traffic congestion and help ensure the government can function in emergencies. Presidential Mansion has approved legislation that would teach the government to come up with uniform telecommuting regulations for federal workers. Each federal agency is to establish its own policies for teleworking and appoint a telework managing officer. The measure would also provide teleworking training to employees and supervisors. The Senate has already passed similar legislation.
Currently about 100,000 federal employees work from home at least once a month, about 5 percent of all employees and less than 9 percent of those eligible for teleworking.