Telework lags in public sector for dubious reasons

Summary:Telework in the public sector is seriously lagging the private industry according to a report from a cybersecurity public policy advocacy group covered on Govexec.com.

Telework in the public sector is seriously lagging the private industry according to a report from a cybersecurity public policy advocacy group covered on Govexec.com. The article states that about 14 percent of federal employees worked away from their main offices in 2003, compared to 41.3 million American workers in the same year.  


While the results are not surprising, the same cannot be said for the barriers federal agencies face in expanding telework. It's not cyber security concerns, but rather a lack of financial incentives because "agencies do not get to keep money saved through reduced overhead costs and also the preference of managers to have their employees in the same physical location," said the article.  

These have to be the poorest excuses for government not joining the rest of the working world that is increasingly leveraging technology to transcend geographic location in order to get business done more efficiently. Government technology leaders should press for culture change and tout benefits of telework such as the increased quality of life telecommuters can gain from avoiding the time loss, stress, and cost of driving through traffic jams day in and day out to work.

For a more detailed look at the report, see "Why doesn't government support telework? Lack of interest, not security concerns, group says."

 

Topics: Government, Security

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Christopher Jablonski is a freelance technology writer. Previously, he held research analyst positions in the IT industry and was the manager of marketing editorial at CBS Interactive. He's been contributing to ZDNet since 2003. Christopher received a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Illinois at U... Full Bio

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