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Leader in Telework, GSA Wins Top Award for Promoting Initiative Among Feds

Agency Recognized for Efforts to Advance Workplace Alternatives

GSA # 10603

June 26, 2009
Contact: Deborah K. Ruiz, (202) 501-1231
deborah.ruiz@gsa.gov

WASHINGTON — The U.S. General Services Administration has emerged as best in the National Capital Region for achievement in employer services, specifically for its efforts to boost telework programs among federal government agencies.

During the 2009 Commuter Connections Employer Recognition Awards, GSA's Office of Governmentwide Policy was honored by Commuter Connections, a program of the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

In April 2008, GSA signed its telework policy allowing eligible employees the option to work offsite at least one day per workweek. Telework programs are touted for improving employee productivity, retention, and recruitment. They are also recognized as energy-savings initiatives that reduce traffic and vehicle emissions.

“GSA is committed to providing federal employees with the tools and resources they need to be effective in their respective roles and to maintain a good work/life balance,” said Stanley F. Kaczmarczyk, Acting Associate Administrator of GSA’s Office of Governmentwide Policy. “With GSA’s broad reach, we will continue to work toward innovative ways to keep our government running efficiently and effectively while increasing job satisfaction among the federal work force.”

This year, GSA ranked among the Top 10 Best Places to Work in the federal government for the fourth time in a row, according to a survey of overall employee satisfaction released by the Partnership for Public Service and The American University’s Institute for the Study of Public Policy Implementation. GSA ranked first overall in the Family Friendly Culture and Benefits Category for programs such as telework and alternative work schedules.

“GSA has a seasoned Alternative Workplace Arrangements team dedicated to the effective expansion of telework programs within federal government agencies,” said David J. Robertson, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. “Currently, 16 percent of federal workers in the Washington, D.C., region telework, in large part due to GSA’s actions toward making telework and other such employee programs part of the federal business culture.”

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GSA provides a centralized delivery system of products and services to the federal government, leveraging its enormous buying power to get the best value for taxpayers.
• Founded in 1949, GSA manages more than 11 percent of the government’s total procurement dollars and $24 billion in federal assets, including 8,600 government-owned or leased buildings and 213,000 vehicles.
• GSA helps preserve our past and define our future, as a steward of more than 480 historic properties, and as manager of USA.gov, the official portal to federal government information and services.
• GSA’s mission to provide superior workplaces, expert technology solutions, acquisition services, purchasing and E-Gov travel solutions and management policies, at best value, allows federal agencies to focus on their core missions.

Did You Know? GSA, in cooperation with the Office of Personnel Management and community partners, established a network of 14 telework centers across the Washington metropolitan area.