The organization surveyed federal agencies for their readiness to implement information technology that enables telework and increased use of mobile devices.
According to the survey, 65% of agencies scored either an “A” or a “B” for their telework readiness and those agencies cited laptops, smartphones, remote desktops, instant messaging and video/Web conferencing as their top telework tools.
Most agencies surveyed expect mobile device use to increase 20 percent by next year but nearly half of all agencies are working on a cost-reduction plan for issuing mobile devices to workers.
In November, the General Services Administration began treating telework and office work equally under a new policy that assumes people can work remotely.
Employees could lose their privileges if they go absent without leave for more than five days in a year.