Lawmaker Threatens USDA Officials with 'Legislative Metrics' to Preserve Telework

Government Executive: A House Democrat during a hearing on government IT reform Wednesday demanded that officials with the Agriculture Department explain recent restrictions on the ability of agency employees to work remotely, and suggested he would introduce a bill on telework “metrics” to reverse the decision, if necessary.

Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., addressed executives at the agency during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on Congress’ latest scorecard to measure implementation of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, asking how they squared Secretary Sonny Perdue’s decision to cut telework from effectively full time to one day per week with the agency being touted as an innovator in IT modernization.

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