Connolly, Sarbanes, Wexton Introduce Telework Metrics and Cost Savings Act
Legislation to Stop Trump Rollback of Federal Telework
Washington, March 5, 2020
Today, Congressman Gerry Connolly, Chairman of the Government Operations subcommittee, and Representatives John Sarbanes (D-MD) and Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) introduced the Telework Metrics and Cost Savings Act, legislation to expand federal telework.
“In the face of the coronavirus threat, federal agencies are expected to have a robust continuity of operations plan ready for immediate activation should the outbreak threaten to interrupt essential government services. Telework is an essential tool for that response,” said Chairman Connolly. “The Telework Metrics and Cost Savings Act would help expand telework participation in the federal government and reverse many of the current Administration’s mindless attacks on federal telework programs.”
“Telework programs save taxpayer money and improve productivity across the federal workforce,” said Congressman Sarbanes, who authored the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010 and has fought to protect and expand telework programs for America’s civil servants throughout his time in Congress. “As we face a serious public health emergency through the spread of the coronavirus, along with many other 21st-century challenges, we must use every tool at our disposal – especially proven and effective programs, like federal telework – to ensure continuity of operations and effective government service for the American people.”
“Our federal workforce performs incredibly important work on behalf of the American people—like caring for our veterans and getting Social Security checks out on time—that can’t be interrupted if an emergency like coronavirus forces these employees to stay home,” said Congresswoman Wexton. “Telework is not only a crucial part of every federal agency’s continuity of operations plan, but has shown to improve employee morale, engagement, and retention. Cutting telework availability is one of the ways the Trump administration has attacked federal workers. Our legislation would reverse senseless restrictions put in place by the administration and protect access to telework options.”
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Federal Continuity Directive 1, “there is a direct relationship between an organization’s COOP plan and telework.” “Telework can assist the sustainment of essential functions during a change to the normal operating status such as a pandemic…” “Telework is a program that can provide critical support to the sustainment of essential functions [and] telework options enhance the organization’s resilience and continuity capacity.”
The Telework Metrics and Cost Savings Act would reinvigorate federal telework programs by:
Text of the legislation is here.