Last year USDA had 7,516 employees, Department-wide, who pledged to Telework during Telework Week 2012, which resulted in more than $1 million saved in commuting costs alone. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration, Oscar Gonzales, acknowledges “USDA has high goals for widespread Telework adoption and this initiative gave many employees from smaller agencies and sub-organizations the opportunity to Telework, even if they do not regularly do so. We pledge to once again support Telework Week and hope to increase our participation this year.”
As we count down to participate in Telework Week 2013, scheduled to take place March 4-8, 2013, now is the time to begin talking to your leadership and co-workers about your level of participation. Eligible employees are encouraged to participate up to the entire week, and the goal is to increase the amount of Telework time you normally are accustomed to. What better way to use this opportunity as an effective Continuity of Operations (COOP) Telework Drill for your workgroup! Both employees and USDA alike will share in the benefits and savings of participating in a successful Telework Week at USDA.
To learn more about Telework Week 2013 and to view the results of Telework Week 2012, please visit www.teleworkexchange.com/teleworkweek. Your opportunity to pledge is open now, take the Pledge today!