GSA: New FMR Bulletin Aids Feds with Tech Assistance, Offers Telework Guidance
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March 13, 2007
Contact: Diane Merriett (202) 501-1231
Washington, DC – The U. S. General Services Administration (GSA) today announced publication of a new Federal Management Regulation (FMR) bulletin designed to provide significant technical assistance and guidance to federal agencies’ telework expansion efforts.
“Teleworking is pro-family, pro-productivity and pro-environment. Studies confirm that there will be more federal teleworkers as they learn about the successful programs. GSA is working hard to maximize the availability of information and the latest and greatest technologies to encourage teleworking,” said Kevin Messner, Acting Associate Administrator of GSA’s Office of Governmentwide Policy.
FMR Bulletin 2007-B1 is entitled Information Technology and Telecommunications Guidelines for Federal Telework and Other Alternative Workplace Arrangement Programs.
The bulletin largely draws from work performed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Office of Management and Budget, the Government Accountability Office and GSA, to help agencies identify the fundamentals of successful telework and other alternative workplace arrangement programs.
GSA recognized the need to provide this information in a consolidated, easy-to-read format. The bulletin’s format also helps federal employees and managers to become more familiar with alternative workplace arrangements, including telework.
The FMR bulletin includes topics on basic equipment, telecommunications, security, privacy, training and support.
Founded in 1949, GSA serves as a centralized procurement and property management agency for the federal government. GSA manages more than one-fourth of the government’s total procurement dollars and influences the management of $500 billion in federal assets, including 8,300 government-owned or leased buildings and 170,000 vehicles. GSA helps preserve our past and define our future, acting as a steward of more than 420 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-travel solutions and management policies, at best value, allows federal agencies to focus on their core missions.
Did you know? The overall number of teleworkers in the federal government was reported to be 140,694 in 2005, which represents 19 percent of the telework-eligible workforce and 7.7 percent of the total workforce.