Telework Improvements Act Passes in the House of Representatives

On July 14 the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Telework Improvements Act, a bill that will enable most federal employees to spend up to 20 percent of their work time working from home (or anywhere else) over a two-week period. A similar bill has already passed the Senate; the legislation will become law once it gets through a House/Senate reconciliation.

From a July 15 post on

Under the bill, the Office of Personnel Management would develop a telework policy for all employees in federal agencies and would create a Telework Managing Officer within every agency.

The bill also mandates training for employees and managers, and ensures that teleworking will not affect any individual’s performance evaluations.

This is a very big deal; Future of Work Associate Kate Lister of the Telework Research Network estimates that full implementation of this policy could save the federal government over $13 billion a year.