In today’s Federal Newscast, with more federal employees working from home due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the National Institute of Standards and Technology gives advice on how to keep virtual meetings secure.
Agencies have 48 hours to adopt an “aggressive posture” aimed at continuing critical government functions and preventing the spread of the coronavirus, the Trump administration said Tuesday night.
IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig instructed eligible employees to telework and gave customer service workers more freedom than they’ve ever had before. But the commissioner’s guidance has prompted confusion among risk-adverse IRS managers, who aren’t accustomed to making their own decisions.
Too little and too late. That’s what Bob Tobias, a long time expert on the federal workplace, sees in the administration’s approach so far to telework in the virus scare.
VA telehealth employee wonders why he can’t telework.
OMB told agencies to offer “maximum telework flexibilities to all current telework eligible employees” due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the majority of feds aren’t eligible.
In today’s Federal Newscast, over a quarter of the Senate is calling on President Trump to sign an executive order mandating telework for all eligible federal employees. 27 Senate Democrats say Trump needs to give clear direction, not general guidance.
The Defense Department is preparing for more of its Pentagon workforce to become teleworkers. But those who are already working from home have already begun to stretch the limits of the department’s internet connectivity in the national capital region.
The Agriculture Department said eligible employees in the national capital region, Washington state and other regions impacted by the community spread of the coronavirus should begin telework Tuesday. USDA offices remain open, however.
The Office of Personnel Management can urge and encourage agencies to expand flexibilities, enter into ad-hoc agreements and use unscheduled telework during the coronavirus pandemic, but it doesn’t have the authority to do much else.