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Modernizing Federal Leave Policies for Childbirth, Adoption and Foster Care to Recruit and Retain Talent and Improve Productivity
January 15, 2015

Men and women both need time to care for their families and should have access to workplace flexibilities that help them succeed at work and at home. Offering family leave and other workplace flexibilities to parents can help achieve the goals of recruiting and retaining talent, lowering costly worker turnover, increasing employee engagement, boosting employee morale, and ensuring a diverse and inclusive workforce. This memorandum instructs agencies to ensure that discretionary flexibilities, such as telework, are used to the maximum extent practicable, in accordance with the laws and regulations governing these programs and consistent with mission needs, and that employees understand the benefits for which they may qualify.

Enhancing Workplace Flexibilities and Work-Life Programs
June 25, 2014

This memorandum states it is the policy of the Federal Government to promote a culture in which managers and employees understand the workplace flexibilities and work-life programs available to them and how these measures can improve agency productivity and employee engagement.  It provides directives for Federal agencies in an effort to better utilize existing and develop new workplace flexibilities and work-life programs.

Office of Management and Budget

Memoranda on Information Systems and Security Protections

Implementing the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010: Security Guidelines
July 15, 2011

President Obama signed into law the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010 (the Act; Public Law 111-292) on December 9, 2010, to improve telework across the Federal government.  As part of its telework program, each agency must ensure that adequate information and security protections for information and information systems are used while teleworking. This memorandum provides guidelines on security requirements for the implementation of the Act, as required by 5 U.S.C. § 6504(c).

Implementing the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010:  IT Purchasing Requirements
April 28, 2011

This memorandum states agency chief information officers (CIOs), in coordination with chief acquisition officers (CAOs), shall develop or update policies on purchasing computing technologies and services to enable and promotes continued adoption of telework.  At the same time, purchasing policies must address the information security threats raised by use of technologies associated with telework.

Memoranda on Telework and Work-life Programs

Implementing Federal Family Friendly Work Arrangements
June 21, 1996

This memorandum directs all Executive departments and agencies to review their personnel practices and develop a plan of action to utilize the flexible policies already in place and, to the extent feasible expand their ability to provide their employees with certain work-life programs.

Expanding Family Friendly Work Arrangements in the Executive Branch
July 11, 1994

The memorandum directs each Executive department or agency to establish a program to encourage and support the expansion of flexible family-friendly work arrangements, including: job sharing; career part-time employment; alternative work schedules; telecommuting and satellite work locations.

U.S. Office of Personnel Management

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