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Do any agencies have guidelines or internal directives related to records keeping for people who are working at home, working on the road, telecomuting, or simply gaining access from home to the agency email system? If so can you send a copy or point me to a web page, etc? If not, is your agency contemplating issuing such directive?

If there responses, I will compile and post a summary.


Ted Weir BLM Records Administrator

-- Anonymous, March 27, 2001


Ted- I would love to see any postings you get on this question. Great idea. I have enclosed a link and some info that are related to the topic.

------------------------------------------------------------------ BILL WOULD GIVE TELECOMMUTERS A TAX BREAK Representative Frank Wolf (R-Virginia) introduced a bill last week that would give telecommuters a $500 tax credit to help defray the cost of setting up a workstation at home. The bill would apply to employees in both the public and private sectors. To be eligible for the tax credit, employees would have to use the home workstations at least 75 days each year. In support of his legislation, Rep. Wolf points to several advantages of telecommuting, from reduced air pollution and traffic congestion to increased time with family. Senator Rick Santorum (R-Pennsylvania) has introduced similar legislation in the Senate. ------------------------------------------------------------------ Wolf Wants to Bolster Telework

Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., says he will not hesitate to go to Attorney General John Ashcroft if federal agencies violate the law by not allowing employees to telework. At a hearing Thursday of the House Government Reform Subcommittee on Technology and Procurement Policy, Wolf pointed out that agencies have to make more than an attempt to comply. "My recommendation is at the end of the year, the agencies that are not complying ought to be held accountable," Wolf said.

That means reducing their budgets, if necessary. Because federal law now calls for 25 percent of eligible workers to be given telework opportunities over each of the next four years, any agencies that don't follow that are breaking the law, Wolf stressed. He will ask Ashcroft to act if the situation doesn't change.

In addition, based on what constituents have told him, many of whom are federal employees, Wolf does not think the General Services Administration has done a good job of enabling employees to use telework centers in his Virginia congressional district. "I think the OPM has to make it clear this is not a recommendation, it's the law of the land," Wolf added. ------------------------------------------------------------------

-- Anonymous, March 28, 2001

Here are a couple of information assets that the Records Manager at our local DOIM found.

This is a copy of the memo sent to Agency Heads from OPM reference telecomupting, it has several links in

GSA has a paper pertaining to telecomuting at

Hope these help.

Karen Shaw Center for Army Lessons Learned

-- Anonymous, April 02, 2001

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