The number of people teleworking in the federal government is a bit murky. The reason for the unclear percentage is that agencies are struggling to report actual numbers to the Office of Personnel Management. Those were the findings of a Government Accountability report.
Yvonne Jones is the Director of Strategic Issues at the GAO. She told Chris Dorobek on the DorobekINSIDER program that GAO was defined by a mandate in the 2010 Telework Enhancement Act to monitor federal teleworking practices.
GAO looked specially at two things:
Biggest deterrents to telework?
"Our report looked at what OOPM reported and their analysis of agency implementation of telework. We found:"
Measuring the data?
"It is important to get accurate data because until we know what percentage of the staff in an agency is teleworking and how many days per week they are teleworking and whether there are changes in telework participation agency by agency from year to year, we won't really know to what extent the Act is being implemented by the executive branch. It is really important to have good data and OPM recognizes that," said Jones.
"OPM has identified that the most reliable data that is collected from automated attendance systems, so OPM has been working with agencies as well as with payroll providers that collect the time and attendance data. OPM hopes that the data will be available to collect in its 2015 Status of Telework report for federal government," said Jones.
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