The Defense Department issued a new telework policy for its civilian workforce on Friday, according to a Pentagon announcement.
The new policy is a result of the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010, requiring agencies to determine which federal workers are eligible for telework in order to promote flexibility within the organization.
The Pentagon said its new policy requires its telework personnel leaders to determine who is eligible for telework and encourage more employees to use that option.
Telework heads will work to both overcome barriers implementing the practice and authorize the maximum number of civilian workers to telework without compromising daily operations, the department said.
The new policy will be beneficial for workforce recruiting and retention as well as an important component to continue operation in times of an emergency or crisis, the Pentagon said.
The Office of Personnel Management is in the process of implementing an automated telework reporting process for agencies to keep track of their telework implementation policies and success.