Connolly, Sarbanes Introduce Telework Metrics and Cost Savings Act
Today, Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Government Operations, and Congressman John Sarbanes (D-MD) reintroduced the Telework Metrics and Cost Savings Act, which seeks to strengthen and expand the federal government’s telework programs by capitalizing on lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“As we emerge from the pandemic, federal agencies must continue to invest in strategies and practices that worked,” said Congressman Connolly. “And Congress must ensure that the federal government has the tools it needs to compete with the private sector for top talent. The reform included in the Telework Metrics and Cost Savings Act are critical to strengthening federal telework programs in a way that both captures some of the telework gains we made amid the pandemic while also ensuring federal telework is deployed appropriately. This bill will help attract top talent to federal service—regardless of their location.”
“Federal employee telework has been tested and proven during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “The flexibility of this program heightened work productivity, improved employee retention and delivered high-quality government service for the American people. Building on the success of the Telework Enhancement Act, which Congressman Connolly and I passed in 2010 and laid the foundation for federal telework policies, the Telework Metrics and Cost Savings Act will create a stronger future for the federal workforce.”
Specifically, the Telework Metrics and Cost Savings Act would:
The Telework Metrics and Cost Savings Act is supported by the following organizations: The National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE), the Federal Managers Association (FMA), the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE), and the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE).
Text of the legislation is available here.