December 9th, President Obama signed Telework Enhancement Act of 2010 (H.R. 1722), and now it’s the law of he land. He works at home too, after all, and understands the advantages.

The new law puts some teeth (not enough and not sharp enough, we think) into previous legislation that governs Federal employees. But it’s a big step in the right direction.

This one basically says all Federal workers are eligible to telework unless their job prevents it (like, say, air traffic controllers), it requires Federal agencies to establish telework policies, and it requires them to designate a Telework Managing Officer.

Within 180 days all Federal agencies have to

•Establish policy for eligible employees to telework
•Determine employee eligibility
•Notify all employees of their eligibility
•Establish interactive training programs for teleworkers and telework managers
•Include telework in business continuity (COOP) plans
•Designate a Telework Managing Officer
•Must be a senior official with direct access to agency head
•Provide yearly progress reports to the Office of Personnel Management