Today, President Obama signed H.R. 1722, the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010, into law. The House of Representatives passed the bill last Thursday with a bipartisan vote of 254 to 152. The Senate passed the final version of the legislation by unanimous consent on September 29.
What does this mean for your agency? The legislation grants Federal employees eligibility to telework and requires Federal agencies to establish telework policies and designate a Telework Managing Officer. Now, Federal agencies must:
- After 180 days:
- 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
I'm thrilled to see that this bill has finally become law. Congrats to everyone who has worked countless hours to make this bill become a law.