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Can management be forced to implement telework arrangements?

No. There currently is no authority for agency heads or OPM to order management to implement telework arrangements. Public Law 111-292 requires that the head of each executive agency establish a policy under which eligible employees of the agency may be authorized to telework. OPM is committed to providing agencies, managers, supervisors, and employees with current guidance and support to facilitate the use of telework in the Federal sector, including guidance on teleworking during an emergency as part of agency contingency planning.

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