Government telework closer to reality

We’ve been advocates of telework here at TCG since our founding in 1994, and it’s worked out pretty well for us. GovExec reports today that the House has approved legislation that will enable eligible government workers to telework at least 20% of their time. Some in government are concerned about the cost of implementing the program, estimated to be $2 million this year and $30 million between 2010 and 2015, but this fails to consider the enormous savings that are very likely to be generated. Quoting Kate Lister of the Telework Research Network, the article says:

“The staggering costs of lost productivity from federal workers during last winter’s snowstorms — estimated by the government at $71 million a day — would pay for the five-year cost of the bill in one day.”