National broadband service would make telework more efficient

November 13, 2011
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It’s now official: Federal employees have been notified whether they are eligible to telework. The notifications, required under the 2010 Telework Enhancement Act, were preceded by months of activity by federal chief human capital officers (CHCOs) and their telework managing officers who shepherded decision-making on issues of scheduling and availability, performance reviews, office culture and work space allocation.

One area that requires more attention is the “tele” side of telework.

With their telework agreements and laptops in hand, many employees telework, but how are they connecting to the network? How secure is the connection? What is the best, most cost-effective approach to ensuring connectivity for teleworkers? These are many of the questions keeping telework managing officers up at night.

Here’s the challenge: Network strategies for teleworkers differ throughout the federal government. In many instances, agencies rely on teleworkers to provide their own network connectivity, either by leveraging their personal Internet service plans or by purchasing connectivity and submitting the bill for reimbursement. This approach is creating a disparate network of networks, with individual teleworkers using different technologies and service providers to meet their telework needs. For example, within one organization, Teleworker A may have DSL through one provider, while Teleworker B uses wireless through another provider, and Teleworker C leverages satellite services through yet another provider.

via Federal Times, continued here.