|Federal worker preparing for telecommuting.|
This to me is an incredible example of bureaucracy gone wild. In the private sector policy changes would occur as they made sense and that seems to me that a similar process could have taken place in the Federal government as well. After all the Patent and Trademark Office has been doing telework since 1997. So was it really necessary to pass a LAW to do this?
Apparently however, not everyone thinks it will be successful. Just as in the private sector there are critics who "...have argued that the law will prove to be too costly and will offer federal employees a new perk at a time when agencies should be cutting back costs."
I am happy to see that some commonsense has prevailed. "According to the law, employees who must be physically present to do their jobs—such as health care providers, prison guards and law enforcement officials—will not be eligible for telework. Federal employees who have to handle secure or classified material and employees who have been punished for being absent more than five days in a year or punished for viewing or distributing pornography with a government computer will not be eligible." Aren't you glad to know they made it clear that people who had a job that required their physical presence were not allowed to telecommute. Brilliant! And why are people who view or distribute pornography on government computers still working for the government?
Sometimes you just have to wonder don't you?
(Source: SHRM news article President Signs Federal Employee Telework Legislation)