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USDA Seeks 40% of Staff Teleworking by 2013

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The Agriculture Department hopes to have 40 percent of eligible employees teleworking by the end of 2012, according to a case study by the Telework Exchange.

USDA has more more than 58,000 teleworkers, a sharp increase from 16,000 teleworkers last year. The case study says USDA has revamped its telework program, outlining eligibility provisions and including a standardized telework agreement form, according to the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010.

“Additionally, a department-wide, automated telework management system is in the works to consistently track and report telework agreements, types of arrangements, and other important statistics relative to telework eligibility and participation,” the case study says.

USDA estimates it could save $250 million through its telework program.

The Fall 2011 issue of GovConExec Magazine, published by ExecutiveGov’s owner Executive Mosaic, covers cloud computing and mobility, essential characteristics of having a successful telework program.

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