Most DHS employees can't telework, but Senate appropriators are evaluating the "impact" of alternative work arrangements across homeland security components.
The updated collective bargaining agreement between the Social Security Administration and the American Federation of Government Employees will cement official time, a mentorship program, child and elder care benefits and more for another six years.
In today's Federal Newscast: USAID has put a policy in place to limit telework. Congress moves to reduce employment barriers for military spouses when a service member receives relocation orders. And the intelligence community gets new hiring incentives.
National Science Foundation employees are expected to work in the office four days per pay period, starting in October. The announcement from management came prior to the completion of union negotiations.
The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Agriculture are two of the latest to announce return-to-office plans, but the changes only apply to agency managers and supervisors.
Following earlier announcements from the Department of Veterans Affairs and FEMA, more agencies are rolling out plans to increase in-office work for federal employees.
Outdated information in OPM's annual telework report propelled House Republicans to change gears. They are now looking for answers from individual agencies on telework's numbers and impact.
In today's Federal Newscast: Senate Republicans join House Republicans in calling on federal workers to SHOW UP for work. A Transportation Department data breach puts more than 200,000 feds at risk of ID theft. And professors and Air Force Academy cadets look to have a robot defend bases.
Union leaders have emphasized that collective bargaining agreements already in place outweigh OMB's latest telework memo, but AFGE's chapter representing HUD employees is calling for even more flexibility from agency leadership.
A union-conducted survey of federal employees found that 97% of respondents were either in favor of or simply neutral to telework.
It's happening slowly, but telework policy and real estate needs are starting to gel.
House Oversight and Accountability Committee Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) introduced the SHOW UP Act, which would require agencies to return to their pre-pandemic office arrangements.
In today's Federal Newscast, emphasizing the availability of telework for federal jobs may lead to better recruitment and retention.
The National Archives and Records Administration signed a memorandum of understanding with its union to extend telework eligibility to all permanent agency employees.