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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 14, 2005
Contact: Brenda Bertrand
Tel: 202-606-2402

OPM Co-Hosts Telework Forum for Federal Agencies

75 Agency Representatives from 52 Federal Agencies and Departments Trained on Telework

Washington, D.C. -- The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) co-hosted its quarterly telework forum for Federal agency telework coordinators with the General Services Administration (GSA). At the forum, OPM officials highlighted current guidance and encouraged greater use of telework to better demonstrate results in the number of agency telework program participants. There were also detailed discussions about the release of the upcoming telework survey, new legislation and technology updates. The meeting also provided a forum to discuss critical elements needed to create a successful telework program.

"These types of forums are critically important as agencies look to further incorporate telework into their workforce planning efforts, as each agency has a responsibility to drive for the result of more participants in telework programs," OPM Director Kay Coles James commented after the meeting. "Telework plays a critical role in keeping the Federal government efficient while providing agencies greater flexibility to respond to emergency situations."

As lead agencies for the Federal teleworking initiative, OPM and GSA both had representatives available to answer questions and highlight program assessment tools.

"I commend the attending agencies for their efforts to make this tool available in the Federal workplace," James added. "Its benefits are invaluable. Telework also aids in easing traffic congestion and has benefits to the environment."

The following Agencies and Departments participated in the recent OPM and GSA telework training:

Bowie State University Telework Center

Bureau of Economic Analysis

Bureau of Land Management

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency

Defense Logistics Agency

Department of Commerce

Department of Homeland Security

Department of Justice

Department of Agriculture

Department of Army

Department of Commerce

Department of Defense

Department of Education

Department of Health and Human Services

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Department of Justice

Department of Navy

Department of State

Department of Transportation

Department of Treasury

Defense Information Systems Agency

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Environmental Protection Agency

Federal Communications Commission

Federal Transit Administration

Fish and Wildlife Service

Fredericksburg Regional/Woodbridge Telework Centers

General Services Administration

Hagerstown Telework Center

Immigration & Custom Enforcement

International Trade Commission

Internal Revenue Services

Metro Washington Council of Government

National Arts Endowment

National Guard Bureau

National Council on Disability

National Institutes of Health

National Credit Union Administration

Office of National Drug Control Policy

Office of U.S. Trade Representative

Office of Personnel Management

Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Small Business Administration

Smithsonian Institute

Telework Centers

Transportation Security

U.S. Air Force

U.S. Census Bureau

U.S. Coast Guard

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Securities and Exchange Council

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