FLAG VOICE 333
On June 7th, DHS Under Secretary Rafael Borras sent a memorandum to
all DHS employees regarding the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010 (PL
111-292). This Act, which was signed into law by President Obama on 9
December 2010, has the goal of increasing telework usage among eligible
employees. The Act also requires agencies to establish telework policies,
determine eligibility for participation in telework, and notify employees of
their eligibility to telework. Clearly, Telework will be a feature of
tomorrow’s workplace and the Coast Guard is committed to its implementation.
Under Secretary Borras’ memorandum serves as the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) official notification to DHS employees of the basic telework eligibility requirements.
CG-12 is working with DHS as members of the Telework Enhancement Act Task Force charged with developing the departmental policy. CG-12 is also revising its current policy guidance to comply with both the requirements of the Act and the revised DHS Telework Directive presently under review by Task Force members.
A Coast Guard working group consisting of CG-1, CG-4 and CG-6 representation is also being chartered by DCMS. The working group will review the requirements of the Act and determine how to best implement in the Coast Guard.
Coast Guard Supervisors are encouraged to refer to current policy guidance in COMDTINST 12630.1 for information about determining eligible positions for telework (see link below). Additional information regarding specific eligibility criteria applicable to individual components will be forthcoming as DHS and the Coast Guard continues to review current telework policies in light of the Act.
Unfortunately, our CG IT infrastructure is currently not able to handle a large influx of additional teleworkers. CG-6 is diligently working on a technical solution and will provide further details as they are developed.
In addition to eligibility determinations and notification requirements, the Act mandates training for all new teleworkers and their supervisors prior to entering into a telework agreement. Therefore, the training is mandatory for all supervisors of teleworkers, both current and new. Additionally, all teleworkers must have an approved telework agreement in place whether teleworking regularly or occasionally, and, for civilian teleworkers, documenting the telework hours in WebTA.
Links to the current Instruction, COMDTINST 12630.1, Coast Guard Telecommuting Program, PL 111-292, Telework Enhancement Act of 2010, OPM Guide to Telework in the Federal Government - April 2011, and training resources for supervisors and employees (at Telework.gov) may be found on the Civilian Human Resources Telework webpage: http://www.uscg.mil/civilianHR/benefits/telework.asp.
Questions may be directed to my CG-1 POC and Program Manager for the Coast Guard Telework Program, Mr. Ron Coleman, CG-1213, on (202) 475-5321.
Ronald T. Hewitt
RONALD T. HEWITT
Rear Admiral, U. S. Coast Guard
Assistant Commandant for Human Resources
Issue date: 6/8/11