GSA, OPM cast another lure for teleworkers

Federal employees who have never before teleworked can take advantage of a one-month free trial at one of the 15 Washington Metropolitan Telework Centers.

The offer, which started last month and expires Sept. 30, is not open to current or previous teleworkers.

Feds just need to fill out a form and send it to one of the telework centers in the Washington metro area. This is the third attempt by the General Services Administration and the Office of Personnel Management to attract more federal teleworkers.

In fiscal 2002 and again in 2004, OPM and GSA offered 60-day free telework trials.

But the no-cost tryout did not fare well: Just 130 federal employees took advantage in 2002 and 35 took up the free trial offer last year.

Agencies usually pay about $25 per employee per day to use a telecenter.
Currently, 653 feds use the centers, but there is room for 484 more, according to the Washington Metropolitan Telework Center's Web site, at www.wmtc.org.

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