The Defense Department has set a goal of having at least 30 percent of eligible employees teleworking at least once a week by fiscal 2020. (Staff file photo)
Defense Department managers must open telework to as many employees as possible without jeopardizing mission readiness, according to a new policy announced Friday.
DoD managers must promote a wide variety of telework options, from telework on individual projects to full-time work at home. Telework should be used to create employment opportunities for veterans, people with disabilities, spouses of service members and relocated employees. And telework must be integrated into continuity of operations plans, according to the policy, which updates existing policy to bring it in line with the 2010 Telework Enhacement Act, according to a DoD news release.
Managers who turn down an employee request for telework will have to list their reasons in writing, according to the policy.
"Telework is a powerful tool, one that helps DoD maximize the agility it needs to operate in all kinds of conditions, while promoting workforce efficiency, and quality of life," Paige Hinkle-Bowles, deputy assistant secretary of Defense for civilian personnel policy, said in the release.
The new policy adds that telework should not be considered an entitlement.
DoD has set a goal of having at least 30 percent of eligible employees teleworking at least once a week by fiscal 2020.