Beleaguered GSA praised for telework program

GSA’s Office of the Chief Information Officer's A3 Strategy allows employees to telework using laptops, smartphones and tablets. GSA’s Office of the Chief Information Officer's A3 Strategy allows employees to telework using laptops, smartphones and tablets. sukiyaki / Shutterstock.com

The General Services Administration may be in hot water with the rest of government, but in the field of telework, it’s enjoying praise as a trailblazer.

GSA’s Office of the Chief Information Officer received a Tele-Vision Award for innovative technology on Wednesday. Presented by the Telework Exchange at the Washington Convention Center, the award was in recognition of the office’s A3 (Any Device, Anywhere, Anytime) Strategy, which allows employees to telework using laptops, smartphones and tablets.

The Homeland Security and Agriculture departments also were honored with Tele-Vision Awards. DHS claimed the honor for Largest Leap in Telework. Its Enhanced Telework Program, employed in the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer, had its pilot year in 2009. Three years later, all the office’s 143 employees telework with varying levels of frequency, and more than half work remotely at least 50 percent of the time.

USDA received the Excellence in Telework Leadership award for initiatives such as its weekly Let’s Talk Telework! webinars, while two Agriculture employees -- William Milton Jr. and Mika Cross -- received the Mid-Atlantic Telework Advisory Council Telework Driver Award for their efforts in developing and promoting their department’s telework program nationwide.

In addition, DHS’ Customs and Border Protection bureau earned an honorable mention for its Telework Advantage program, which has seen a more than 2,000 percent increase in employee telework participation in the past two years..

Speaking with Government Executive prior to the announcement of the awards, Telework Exchange General Manager Cindy Auten praised GSA and USDA in particular, calling the agencies’ accomplishments “aggressive and tremendous.”

Telework Exchange announced the awards in a press release on the heels of its findings from Telework Week 2012, which ran March 5 to March 9. Seventy-one percent of participating organizations reported increased productivity, and 94 percent of the more than 71,000 employees who made telework pledges were federal workers.

(Image via sukiyaki /Shutterstock.com)

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Going Agile:Revolutionizing Federal Digital Services Delivery

    Here’s one indication that times have changed: Harriet Tubman is going to be the next face of the twenty dollar bill. Another sign of change? The way in which the federal government arrived at that decision.

    View
  • Cyber Risk Report: Cybercrime Trends from 2016

    In our first half 2016 cyber trends report, SurfWatch Labs threat intelligence analysts noted one key theme – the interconnected nature of cybercrime – and the second half of the year saw organizations continuing to struggle with that reality. The number of potential cyber threats, the pool of already compromised information, and the ease of finding increasingly sophisticated cybercriminal tools continued to snowball throughout the year.

    View
  • Featured Content from RSA Conference: Dissed by NIST

    Learn more about the latest draft of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology guidance document on authentication and lifecycle management.

    View
  • GBC Issue Brief: The Future of 9-1-1

    A Look Into the Next Generation of Emergency Services

    View
  • GBC Survey Report: Securing the Perimeters

    A candid survey on cybersecurity in state and local governments

    View
  • The New IP: Moving Government Agencies Toward the Network of The Future

    Federal IT managers are looking to modernize legacy network infrastructures that are taxed by growing demands from mobile devices, video, vast amounts of data, and more. This issue brief discusses the federal government network landscape, as well as market, financial force drivers for network modernization.

    View
  • eBook: State & Local Cybersecurity

    CenturyLink is committed to helping state and local governments meet their cybersecurity challenges. Towards that end, CenturyLink commissioned a study from the Government Business Council that looked at the perceptions, attitudes and experiences of state and local leaders around the cybersecurity issue. The results were surprising in a number of ways. Learn more about their findings and the ways in which state and local governments can combat cybersecurity threats with this eBook.

    View

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.