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Telework Legislation

Legislation

2010

Telework Enhancement Act of 2010, Public Law 111-292: The Telework Enhancement Act of 2010 requires each Executive agency to establish and implement a policy under which employees are authorized to telework.   It also directs each agency to designate a telework managing officer, requires employees and managers to complete interactive training and to sign written telework agreements, requires agencies to incorporate telework into their continuity of operations plans, and establishes guidelines by which agencies will work in consultation and coordination with OPM to satisfy annual reporting requirements.  

Visit the Telework Enhancement Act Highlights page for more information about the Act and Agency Roles to learn about the specific roles different agencies play. 

2005

Consolidated Appropriations Act, Public Law 108-447 §622 (page 111): This section required the Departments of Commerce, Justice, State, the Judiciary, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Small Business Administration to certify that  telecommuting opportunities were made available to their entire eligible workforce.  It also includes reporting requirements for that year and the designation of telework coordinators.

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2004

Consolidated Appropriations Act, Public Law 108-199, §627 (page 97): This section required the Departments of Commerce, Justice, State, the Judiciary, and the Small Business Administration to establish a telework policy allowing eligible employees to participate in telecommuting to the maximum extent possible, so long as the employee’s performance is not diminished.

2003

Consolidated Appropriations Resolution, Public Law 108-7, §623 (page 93): This section granted funding for the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and the Small Business Administration to implement telecommuting programs.   It also required bi-annual reports and the designation of telework coordinators.

Telecommuting and other alternative workplace arrangements, Public Law 107-217, §587 (pgs. 53-55): This section addressed the development of alternative workplace arrangements and required GSA to provide guidance, assistance, and oversight to Executive agencies regarding planning, establishment and operation of alternative workplace arrangements. Alternative workplace arrangements was defined to include: hoteling, telecommuting, virtual offices, telework centers, hot desking, and other distributed workplace arrangements.

2002

Treasury, Postal Service, and General Government Appropriations Act, Public Law 107-67, §638 (pg. 41): This section required certain Executive agencies to report to the Office of Personnel Management concerning their efforts to implement flexiplace telecommuting programs.

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2000

Department of Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, Public Law 106-346, §359 (pg. 38): This section required each Executive agency to establish a telecommuting policy allowing eligible employees to participate in telecommuting to the maximum extent possible, so long as the employee’s performance is not diminished.

1999

Omnibus Consolidated and Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, Public Law 105-277, §630 (pg. 523): This section set aside funding for specified Executive agencies to carry out a flexiplace work telecommuting program.  Flexiplace Work Telecommuting Program was defined as “a program under which employees of an Executive agency are permitted to perform all or a portion of their duties at a flexiplace work telecommuting center...”

1996

Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act, 1997, Public Law 104-208 §407 (pg. 338): This section permitted GSA to establish telecommuting centers.  It also allowed GSA to provide guidance, assistance, and oversight regarding planning, establishment and operations of alternative workplace arrangements.  

Treasury, Postal Service, and General Government Appropriations Act, Public Law 104-52, §620 (pg. 35): This section permitted agencies participating in the Federal Flexiplace Project to use appropriated funds to install telephone lines, necessary equipment, and to pay the monthly  charges in a private residence. 

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1994

Treasury, Postal Service and General Government Appropriations Act, Public Law 103-329, §625 (pg. 41): This section permitted agencies participating in the Federal Flexiplace Project to use appropriated funds to install telephone lines, necessary equipment, and to pay the monthly charges in a private residence. 

1993

Treasury, Postal Service and General Government Appropriations Act, Public Law 103-123, §623 (pg. 40): This section permitted agencies participating in the Federal Flexiplace Project to use appropriated funds to install telephone lines, necessary equipment, and to pay the monthly charges in a private residence. 

1992

Treasury, Postal Service and General Government Appropriations Act, Public Law 102-393, §625 (pg. 43): This section permitted agencies participating in the Federal Flexiplace Project to use appropriated funds to install telephone lines, necessary equipment, and to pay the monthly  charges in a private residence.   

1990

Treasury, Postal Service and General Government Appropriations Act, 1991 Public Law 101-509, §624 This section permitted agencies participating in the Federal Flexiplace Project to use  appropriated funds to install telephone lines, necessary equipment, and to pay the monthly  charges in a private residence.  It was the first time Congress provided funds for “flexiplace” arrangements.

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