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House Defense Bill Takes Aim at Telework for DOD Employees, Contractors

June 18, 2024

Molly Weisner

Federal Times

The Commercial Virtual Remote Environment allows users to access versions of Microsoft Teams, SharePoint online, OneDrive and Skype without a virtual private network connection. (Airman 1st Class Kiaundra Miller/U.S. Air Force)

By Molly Weisner, Federal Times / June 17, 2024

House lawmakers are seeking to use their version of the fiscal 2025 defense spending bill as an opportunity to tighten restrictions on telework for federal workers.

On Friday, the $833 billion bill was approved in a 217-199 vote and included a provision that would bar the Defense Department from paying for the costs of telework or remote work for any employee or contractor on a regular or recurring basis.

According to data kept the the government’s HR agency, only about 38% of Defense Department civilians teleworked in 2022, and almost certainly that number has changed since office reentry has been pushed by both the White House and members of Congress.

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