Legislation Will Be Sent to the White House for President Obama’s Signature
Washington, D.C. – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) applauded both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate for passage of the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010. The House voted to approve the Act yesterday. As the Senate had already passed the full legislation by unanimous consent, the bill will now be sent to the White House for signing by President Obama.
The legislation gives federal agencies 180 days to develop and implement eligibility requirements for employees. The legislation also requires each agency to provide training and management for teleworkers, establish nondiscriminatory policies, establish information security guidelines, and designate an employee as the telework managing officer for each agency.
“TIA thanks Congress for its support on the telework issue, which will enable federal employees to take further advantage of the advances in information and communications technology to improve efficiency while reducing the carbon footprint of the United States,” said TIA President Grant Seiffert. “We’re also proud that innovation by our member companies helped forge this new reality, which we also take advantage of at TIA through our own telework policy. This is a great day for America.”
TIA looks forward following up with the Administration and federal agencies to discuss how the new law is implemented.
The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents the global information and communications technology (ICT) industry through standards development, advocacy, tradeshows, business opportunities, market intelligence and world-wide environmental regulatory analysis. Since 1924, TIA has been enhancing the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members’ products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment and entertainment.
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