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September 11, 2009 at 7:13 pm #80227
What with the Base Realignment and Closure program moving forward DOD and DISA have published their plan for moving a significant number of positions from Virginia to Ft. Meade Maryland.
Telework has become an increasingly effective employment tool. Telework allows employees to work at home or at another approved location away from the regular office such as a Telework Center. Chapter 610, Section E of the DISA Instruction 220-15-55 provides the implementing procedures for the DISA Telework Program. The objectives of the DISA Telework Program include the following:
* Promotes DISA as an employer of choice
* Improves employee productivity and performance and benefits organizational needs
* Improves the retention and recruitment of high-quality employees
* Enhances the Agency’s efforts to employ and accommodate people with qualified disabilities (including employees who have temporary or continuing health problems), or who might otherwise have to retire because of a disability
* Reduces traffic congestion
* Decreases energy consumption and pollution emissions
* Reduces parking congestion and transportation costs (including costs associated with payment of the transit subsidy)
* Serves as a Coop enabler
The DISA telework program allows an employee to telework a maximum of three (3) days per week with supervisory approval. All of DISA’s regular and recurring teleworking employees should have a common goal and level of expectation regarding their performance while teleworking. Each employee’s Performance Work Plan and Appraisal form (DISA Form 208A) should include goals for the employee while teleworking. DISA continues to reimburse one half (50%) of the expense an employee incurs for the installation and monthly fee for commercially provided high-speed Internet service. Only employees designated and approved for regular and recurring telework are eligible for reimbursement.
Several DISA managed telework centers are readily available for DISA employees approved for teleworking on a regular and recurring or ad hoc basis. The telework centers are located at the DISA Liaison Facility, Ft Meade, MD., the Joint Spectrum Center (JSC), Annapolis, MD and Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, VA and DISA Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) Indianhead, MD. DISA will continue to utilize existing telework centers throughout the surrounding communities to increase the number of eligible positions to telework on a regular and recurring basis. These
include existing GSA Centers as well as other DISA locations. The telework center provides a geographically convenient office setting as an alternative to the employee’s main office. DISA, in partnership with OPM and GSA, continues to explore the option of establishing additional opportunities that would allow employees to telework in a classified environment.
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