Sarbanes Applauds Expansion of Federal Employee Telework Programs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 17, 2021
CONTACT: Natalie Young |
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) applauded the Office of Personnel Management’s guidance advancing telework and remote work programs for federal employees. The 2021 Guide to Telework and Remote Work in the Federal Government extends and enhances alternative work arrangements beyond the COVID-19 pandemic in order to continue attracting a strong civil service workforce and producing the best results for the American people.

“The benefits of telework, remote work and flexible work schedules are undeniable. The 2010 legislation I authored to improve federal telework and remote work programs has helped agencies to continue serving the American people during COVID-19, and – with this latest guidance – it will allow them to maintain the greater productivity levels, higher employee morale and better work-life balance they’ve seen as a result. Advancing these programs will make our federal workforce stronger and more resilient.”

In February, Congressman Sarbanes urged federal agencies to expand telework for civil servants, highlighting its critical role in maintaining continuity of government amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sarbanes authored the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010, which laid the foundation for federal telework policies and allowed the federal government to transition to alternative work arrangements easier and faster during the COVID-19 pandemic.