Telework in Executive Agencies: Background, OPM Guidance, and 116th Congress Legislation Following Coronavirus [Updated March 16, 2020] [open pdf - 405KB]
From the Background: "The Telework Enhancement Act of 2010, enacted on December 9, 2010 (P.L. 111-292, 124 Stat. 3165), and codified at Chapter 65 of Title 5 of the 'United States Code', authorizes telework in executive agencies, defines 'teleworking', and establishes requirements for telework programs. The law (at 5 U.S.C. §6504(d)(1)) requires that the telework policy of each executive agency 'incorporate telework into the continuity of operations [COOP] plan of that agency.' A COOP plan ensures that essential functions continue to be performed during disruption of normal operations. Furthermore, Section 6504(d)(2) requires that '[d]uring any period that an executive agency is operating under a continuity of operations plan, that plan shall supersede any telework policy.'"
CRS In Focus, IF11454
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