Media Roundup: Gerry Connolly’s Bi-partisan Telework Bill Passes the House

Yesterday, Gerry Connolly’s bi-partisan telework legislation passed the House. The Telework Improvement Act (H.R. 1722) will mandate federal agencies to increase their telework capacity. This important legislation will reduce traffic congestion in the Washington metropolitan area, decrease our dependence on foreign oil, minimize air pollution, and strengthen the federal workforce by attracting the most talented employees. Telework is commonplace for many local businesses in Northern Virginia, Connolly’s bill will increase productivity and efficiency within the federal government.

After the record shattering snow fall this past winter, The Washington Post editorial board cited Gerry’s telework legislation as critical to prevent a future federal government shutdown during severe weather. Tens of millions of dollars were lost everyday the federal government closed it's doors. This telework bill will ensure that the federal government can continue to function and not waste taxpayer money. 

 

 

“In the absence of state funding to pay for desperately needed transportation improvements in Northern Virginia, this legislation is the best alternative to help the hard-pressed commuters of our region because it has the potential to dramatically reduce the number of cars on our roads,” Connolly said." - The Washington Examiner, 7/14/2010

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"Supporters, including sponsors John Sarbanes (D-Md.), Frank Wolf (R-Va.) and Gerald Connolly (D-Va.) say the Telework Improvements Act would save millions of dollars a year in lost productivity during weather-related shutdowns. With fewer cars on the road, air pollution and commuting costs would go down, they say." - The Washington Post, 7/14/2010

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"The bill, which is designed to expand the use of teleworking in the federal government, mandates that federal workers eligible to telework be allowed to do so unless agency supervisors determine that the nature of an employee's job keeps them from telecommuting." - Federal News Radio 1500AM, 7/14/2010

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Supporters see the legislation as a potential way to save millions of dollars a year on productivity during emergency shutdowns, such as weather. They cited last winter’s snowstorm that paralyzed D.C., explaining telecommuting could have dodged that loss of productivity. - ExecutiveGov, 7/15/2010

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