Lessons Learned from Remote Working During COVID-19: Can the Government Save Money Through Maximizing Efficient Use of Leased Space? Hearing Before the Committee on Environment and Public Works, United States Senate, One Hundred Sixteenth Congress, Second Session, July 29, 2020 [open pdf - 3MB]
This is the July 29, 2020 hearing "Lessons Learned from Remote Working During COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019]: Can the Government Save Money Through Maximizing Efficient Use of Leased Space?" held before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. From the opening statement of John Barrasso: "In just the past 6 months, the COVID-19 pandemic has completely upended our everyday way of life. One of the most sudden, stark, and significant transitions has been to the way that all of us work. Millions of Americans have been unable to go to the office each day. As a result, we have had to find a way to get our jobs done and keep our economy going. [...] The private sector is leading the way in reducing expenses. In recent years, private sector companies have consolidated and reduced their real estate footprint in order to save money. They have been able to do this because modern telecommunications technologies have enabled them to adopt remote work options and other flexible work strategies. [...] Today's hearing is an opportunity to examine how the lessons the private sector has learned about cost savings from telework can be translated to the Federal Government. These lessons will allow the Government to reduce its footprint and save American taxpayer money." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Mark Pringle, Kate Lister, and Michael T. Benjamin.
S. Hrg. 116-264; Senate Hearing 116-264
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