As defined by the General Service Administration (GSA) and the Office of Personal Management (OPM), Telework is working away from the traditional office, at home or in a telecommuting center, on either a recurring or an ad hoc basis. With portable computers, high-speed telecommunications, and ever-present pocket communication devices, many employees today can work almost anywhere at least some of the time. Flexible work arrangements offer the opportunity to attract and retain both diverse and highly skilled workers by boosting employee morale and productivity.
Each federal agency establishes its own Telework policies under which eligible employees may participate. Specific to the needs of employees with disabilities, CAP supports telework by providing services and accommodations for disabled employees teleworking as a form of reasonable accommodation.
CAP's support includes evaluating the needs of employees with disabilities and purchasing the assistive devices and technology necessary to effectively complete their duties.
CAP will buy the following items including:
Computer hardware, software;
Telephone equipment, fax machine, and printer
The assistive devices supplied by CAP can:
Allow injured employees to continue working in some capacity;
Improve accessibility issues;
Help employees return to work after an injury; and
Help prevent further debilitation.
Target groups for Telework as a form of a reasonable accommodation include:
Recipients of Workers' Compensation payments;
Persons subjected to disability retirement;
Employees with disabilities who could be more productive if they were allowed to work part or all of the week at home or in some other off-site location; and
Persons with disabilities who are physically unable to access their workplace.
Interagency Telework Site
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the General Services Administration (GSA) established this joint web site on telework to provide access to guidance issued by both agencies. Here you will find information for employees who think they might like to telecommute (or are already doing so), for managers and supervisors who supervise teleworkers, and for agency telework coordinators. > Visit Website
Telework Center Basics & Listing
GSA established a network of interagency telework centers in communities surrounding the Washington DC Metropolitan area. Use the Telework center for obtaining contact details. > Visit Website
Washington Metropolitan Telework Centers (WMTC)
The WMTC network of telework centers provides a streamlined resource for employers to place their employees in the telework center that best serves their needs. > Visit Website
DoD Telework Policy
The Secretary of Defense has established a DoD-wide goal to increase employment of people with severe disabilities from 1.2 percent to 2.0 percent of our civilian workforce. Flexible work arrangements can be valuable tools for recruitment and retention of a workforce that is both diverse and highly skilled. > Read DoD's Telework Policy