Wolf threatens funds over telework shortfall

added a provision to the Commerce, Justice and

The Commerce, Justice and State departments as well as the Small Business Administration and Securities and Exchange Commission could lose $5 million each if they don't improve their telework programs.

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) added a provision to the Commerce, Justice and State fiscal 2005 appropriations bill that would withhold funds if the agencies do not offer all eligible workers the opportunity to telecommute. Wolf is the chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee that wrote the bill.

'This office gets calls from federal employees who say they are denied the opportunity to telecommute because either their supervisors don't approve it or are classified as not eligible,' Wolf spokesman Dan Scandling said. 'There will be some who are not eligible, but there are many who are and agencies have been painfully slow in making progress.'

The full Appropriations Committee passed the spending bill late last month; it will be reviewed by the entire House after the Fourth of July recess.

The Office of Personnel Management's recent report on teleworking found 14 percent of all eligible employees work away from the office at least one day a week.

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