Congress Passes Telework Bill For Federal Employees | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Filed Under:

Congress Passes Telework Bill For Federal Employees

Play associated audio

By Sara Sciammacco, Capitol News Connection

A bill passed during this congressional lame duck session is designed to promote teleworking among federal employees, and that could mean financial and environmental savings.

When the federal government closed during a snowstorm last winter, workers continued to work electronically. Despite the shutdown, the teleworking productivity saved the government $30 million each day.

Virginia Congressman Gerry Connolly says the benefits go beyond the workplace. He says with fewer people on the roads commuting to and from work, drivers will save gas, and congestion and air quality problems will improve.

"We could eliminate 67 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually and reduce Persian Gulf oil imports by 40 percent," Connolly says.

Managers and supervisors have raised concerns over costs for computer security upgrades, and fear employees will disconnect from workplace communication.

The bill now heads to President Obama for his signature.

NPR

Deggans Picks 'Gotham,' 'Black-ish,' 'The Flash' Among Fall TV's Best

As the fall TV season begins this week, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans gives his picks on new shows to watch and a few to avoid (or hate watch, if you like).
NPR

Syrup Induces Pumpkin-Spiced Fever Dreams

Hugh Merwin, an editor at Grub Street, bought a 63-ounce jug of pumpkin spice syrup and put it in just about everything he ate for four days. As he tells NPR's Scott Simon, it did not go well.
NPR

Hillary Exhilaration Helps Energize Generation Z

Many young people are excited about the 2016 presidential election — and the chance to make history.
WAMU 88.5

Cellphones In Class Are No Problem In One Maryland School District

An Eastern Shore school district is allowing teachers to treat students' cellphones, tables and laptops as a resource rather than a nuisance.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.