But a lack of support is hampering growth of the work-from-home concept in the government, consultants say.
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Department directive issued last week restricts the transmission of agency data.
Inspector general reports have noted information security vulnerabilities at the agency since 1997.
Measure also would require DHS to create a program for transferring to the private sector terrorism and disaster response technology developed with federal funding.
Industry officials predict December deadline could be tough even for swiftest agencies.
More than 1,400 of the Defense Information Systems Agency's 5,000 employees now qualify to work away from the office.
Legislation would give 8 million federal workers access to free health records.
Recent rash of reported IT security problems at agencies has lawmakers considering changes to the Federal Information Security Management Act.
Government needs screening system that can be dialed up or down depending on threat and risk level, former DHS official says.
Bureau says it has accounted for 800 of 1,200 missing pieces of equipment, but GAO could not verify the claim.