Federal Manager's Daily Report

The report said that agencies are continuing to improve their compliance with a 2010 law that required agencies to establish a telework policy, designate a telework managing officer, determine employee eligibility to telework and notify all employees of their eligibility to telework, require a written agreement between an agency manager and each of his/her employees authorized to telework, and ensure that an interactive training program is provided to eligible employees and their managers.

Compliance is above 90 percent on all those elements except that only 83 percent have a telework policy in place that meets the law’s requirements; the rest say they are working on it, OPM said.

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It said 45 percent of federal employees are deemed eligible to telework, up from 33 percent in 2011. In a snapshot of September 2013, 23 percent of those eligible actually did so in that month; in a snapshot of February 2014 the figure was 26 percent. Overall, 39 percent of telework-eligible employees did so at some time during 2013, up from 29 percent in 2012.

“Situational”—as opposed to regularly scheduled–telework also increased, doubling to 46 percent of teleworkers over 2011-2013; severe weather conditions are a common impetus for such telework.

The report is dated November but was only recently posted on the OPM site.