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Telework: Summary of Policy

The DOI Telework Policy was established to provide eligible employees the opportunity to work at alternative worksites when it is consistent with the mission of the organization and supportable by the organizations budget*.

Telework was established to accomplish several goals. Some of those are: to enhance the recruitment and retention of a high-quality diverse workforce, assist in employing and accommodating individuals with disabilities, to reduce office space costs, reduce traffic congestion in major metropolitan areas, reduce transportation costs, and to complement continuity of operations plans.

The DOI policy removes managerial, logistical, organizational, or other barriers, allowing eligible employees (including supervisors) the opportunity to participate in telework. It contains 2 distinction classes of telework-Core Telework which is practiced on a routine or regular basis one or more days per week and Situational Telework which describes telework perfomed on an irregular basis, only occasionally, or one-time. A scenario covering situational telework would be an instance when the weather forecast is predicting a snow storm. Employees approved for situational telework can opt to take their laptop home and work perform work from home rather than risk driving to work.

DOI's policy supersedes FWS' flexiplace policy (226 FW 4, Oct 2007). Key elements include:

  • Satisfactory performance and conduct;
  • Eligible position (some or all duties of the job that can effectively be performed away from the official duty station, positions shall not be excluded categorically from eligibility on the basis of occupation, series, grade or supervisory status);
  • SF-50 documenting official duty station; and
  • Telework agreement (formal written agreement required for all types of telework arrangements outlining the terms and conditions under which the employee may perform work at an alternative worksite).

Full-time, Core and Situational Employee Telework Definitions:

  • Full Time Schedule:   A full-time teleworker works from an alternative worksite (home, another office, etc) without reporting to their duty station of record a minimum of 2 days a pay period.  In this situation the employee's alternative work site becomes their "official work site", although the "home" duty station (duty station of record) does not change.  For example, an employee's duty station is Arlington, Virginia.  The employee requests and is approved for permanent telework and relocates to Kansas.  The employee does not report to the office in Virginia a minimum of 2 days a pay period.  The employees official work site is changed to Kansas, but their duty station of record remains Arlington, meaning if this position is vacated and re-filled, it would once again be located in Arlington.
  • Core Telework Schedule: Identifies the specific days each week, pay period, or month during which the employee will perform work at the alternative workplace.
  • Situational Telework Schedule: Employee and supervisor may agree beforehand when a teleworker is to work at an alternative work-site or situational telework may take place during emergency

For more information, please see: http://www.opm.gov/OCA/pay/HTML/Official_Duty_Station.asp

MobiKey:

MobiKEYMobiKEY is a identity validation tool that simplifies access to your desktop computer providing virtual mobility without compromising the integrity of our data... while teleworking, on travel, or during any mobile or emergency need.  MobiKEY looks much like a computer memory stick and uses a USB port on any computer to give you direct access to your workstation computer.

In April 2010, IRTM prepared a business plan, briefed the Directorate and purchased 7 MobiKEYs.  Subsequently, it was adopted as one of the DOI IT Transformation “Quick Wins”. Two years later, FWS along with other DOI Bureaus has a total of 261 MobiKEYs.

For information contact: IRTM Customer Service (800) 520-2433

FWS APPS-to-GO:

On your Windows start bar is a shortcut link called “FWS Apps-to-Go,” a self-service application library. The SCCM packaging team will be using this start bar to advertise applications you may want to install at your discretion. These optional applications will not be pushed to your desktop but will be made available if you choose to install them. Administrator access will not be required for these applications as they will use the SCCM service account to install to your system. If you have any feedback, questions or concerns please contact the packaging team at: ifw-sccmpt@fws.gov.

Applications currently available are:

  • Lync Instant Messenger 32 Bit - Self-Service Install
  • FBMS Software (SAPGUI) - User Self-Service Install
  • REMOVE - Adobe Reader X - Remova

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* All government work must be supported and performed using government owned hardware and software both at the official duty station and the telework location.