TELECOMMUTING: Overview of Challenges Facing Federal Agencies
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC OFFICE OF POLICY
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I am pleased to be here today to discuss telecommuting and our recent work in this area. Telecommuting refers to work that is performed at an employees home or at a work location other than a traditional business office or facility. Over the past decade, telecommuting has gained widespread attention as a business approach that may offer a variety of potential benefits to employers, employees, and society. Last spring, the House Majority Leader asked us to identify potential regulatory, tax, and liability barriers that concern private sector employers considering telecommuting programs for their employees. In July, we briefed the Majority Leader and several other Members of Congress on the results of our research. As you requested, our statement today is based largely on this work and includes our observations on telecommutings applicability to the public sector.
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