Telecommuting penalty could be extended

Rep. Frank Wolf

NASA and the National Science Foundation could join the departments of Commerce, Justice and State as agencies that could lose funding if they don't meet a federal telecommuting mandate.

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) included a provision in the Science, State, Justice and Commerce appropriations bill that would withhold $5 million from each agency that fails to meet the law requiring that every eligible federal worker be given the opportunity to telecommute.

Wolf, chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Science, State, Justice and Commerce and Related Agencies, added similar language to last year's appropriations bill, which became law.

Commerce, Justice and State, as well as the Small Business Administration and the Securities and Exchange Commission, certified this year that they met the 2000 law, which Wolf also sponsored. Wolf has asked the Government Accountability Office to review the agencies' reports.

The House Appropriations Committee earlier this month passed the bill, and the full House must now vote on it.

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