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Mandate Telework Participation Wherever Feasible

The near total shutdown of government in DC during the recent snowstorm highlights the need for more teleworking capabilities. There are many policies regarding teleworking, however a large component of supervisors and managers see it as a privilege rather than a necessity.

This time it was a snowstorm, but what about in cases of natural disaster or pandemic? We need the ability to continue governmental functions in the face of adversity.

Proposal: Mandate that all government employees have the capability to telework

That should be the default. Exceptions should require waivers on a case by case basis. Admittedly there are several categories that could be exempted. For example, physical security, maintenance workers and custodial engineers may not have any functions that could be performed virtually.

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Idea No. 46