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Mon Jan 13, 2020, 01:52 PM

As remote work rises at U.S. companies, Trump is calling federal employees back to the office

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As remote work rises at U.S. companies, Trump is calling federal employees back to the office

By Lisa Rein
Jan. 12, 2020 at 7:37 p.m. EST

About a quarter of workers at U.S. companies now dial into meetings, consult with clients and do a multitude of other tasks from their laptops at home, as employers seek to cut real estate costs and keep their staffs content in a red-hot job market.

The federal government, though, is calling its employees back to the office.

After a big push toward telework in the Obama administration, President Trump’s government is scaling it back at multiple agencies on the theory that a fanny in the seat prevents the kind of slacking off that can happen when no one’s watching.

The about-face began at the Agriculture Department in 2018, after Secretary Sonny Perdue was angry to discover that an employee he needed to meet with was working from home, according to three administration officials. In response, he slashed by half a robust program used by tens of thousands of employees.

A USDA spokesperson, who acknowledged the program had been dialed back, said the Perdue story was “inaccurate” but would not elaborate.

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Lisa Rein

Lisa Rein covers federal agencies and the management of government in the Trump adminstration. At The Washington Post, she has written about the federal workforce; state politics and government in Annapolis, and in Richmond; local government in Fairfax County, Va. and the redevelopment of Washington and its neighborhoods. Follow https://twitter.com/Reinlwapo

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mahatmakanejeeves Jan 13 OP
leftieNanner Jan 13 #1
IronLionZion Jan 13 #2
SoCalNative Jan 13 #3
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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Mon Jan 13, 2020, 01:55 PM

1. Projecting again, Donnie?

You do ZERO work, so you assume that everybody does as well. The measure of a remote employee? Is the work being done? There are ways to tell if people are actually working vs. binge watching Netflix.

Stupid man.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Mon Jan 13, 2020, 01:56 PM

2. yeah, let's bring back the 4 hour commutes

and then commission an expensive study to investigate why people leave to find new jobs closer to home.

Trump wants feds to quit their jobs and be disposable contractors. He loves disposing of people.

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Response to SoCalNative (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 13, 2020, 02:12 PM

4. Thanks. I just noticed I had forgotten to include that. NT

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