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The 2007 Telework Exchange Tele-Vision Awards Program
The 2007 Telework Exchange Tele-Vision recipients were honored at an Awards Reception on June 7 at the City Club of Washington, Columbia Square. The 2nd Annual Tele-Vision Awards, sponsored by NoCommute.org, featured ceremony guest hosts Congressman Danny K. Davis (D-IL), Joseph Hungate, chief information officer, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), Department of the Treasury and Arleas Upton Kea, director, Division of Administration, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
The 2007 Telework Exchange Tele-Vision Awards recognize excellence in government telework programs and their accomplishments in the following categories:
Below please find the 2007 award recipients:
- Best New Telework Initiative
- State and Local Government Telework Program
- Excellence in Telework Leadership
- Innovative Application of Technology to Support Telework
- Telework Driver Award
Best New Telework Initiative - Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Department of Defense, DISA Telework SWAT Team
DISA leadership recognized early on that the successful implementation of an expanded telework program would require extensive cultural change across all levels of management and the senior leadership. To meet these challenges, DISA chartered a telework "SWAT" team – led by a senior human resources manager and senior IT manager – to provide critical guidance and expertise to ensure the program was up and running within 90 days. In addition to making recommendations on the standard equipment for teleworkers and network security practices, the SWAT team developed and provided training to DISA employees and management. DISA also implemented a new policy for determining employee telework eligibility, resulting in more than 2,000 more eligible employees. Since this policy change, the number of participants teleworking on a regular and recurring basis increased eight-fold and continues to increase towards agency goals.
State and Local Government Telework Program - Loudoun County, Commonwealth of Virginia, Telework Program
Loudoun County re-launched its telework program enabling County workers the option to telework, with a goal of reaching 10% participation among non-public safety employees in 2006 and 20% participation by the end of 2007. The County has taken a bottoms-up and top-down approach to implementing telework, evaluating department and work group goals and soliciting feedback from employees and managers. As a result of the program changes, the County met its participation goal for 2006 and is on track to reach the 20% this year as it prepares to convert entire work groups to become full-time teleworkers. The County benefited in 2006 from a turnover rate among teleworkers that was 10.4% lower than the overall County turnover rate, and unscheduled leave used by teleworkers averaged 5% less than the County-wide average.
Excellence in Telework Leadership - United States Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce, Patents Hoteling Program
The Patents Hoteling Program (PHP) is the primary telework program for USPTO’s Patent
Examiners. Started in January 2006, the PHP now includes 910 participating examiners who work from home four days per week and share reserved office space one day a week on the agency’s Alexandria, Virginia campus. Major PHP components include remote online access to required USPTO patent business systems, job performance tools, patent information, and patent application documentation. Examiners working from home also have access to collaborative communication technologies which enable collaboration among colleagues and supervisors. USPTO plans to have 3,000 Patent Examiners working from home, at least four days per week, by 2011.
Innovative Application of Technology to Support Telework - Internal Revenue Service, Department of the Treasury, Agency-Wide Shared Services Virtual Office Program
The IRS Virtual Office initiative expects to dramatically expand traditional telework within the agency, making employees’ home offices their primary workplace. The IRS Virtual Office initiative established three pilot configurations for telework, tailored to the specialized needs of specific job functions in a virtual office environment. In addition, the agency established new and reusable processes for remote maintenance and troubleshooting. The IRS deployed a range of technologies to support its remote workforce, including SharePoint team rooms, secure messaging, Virtual Private Networks (VPN), multi-functional printing devices, and remote communications routing. As a result, the agency was able to maintain operations during the June 2006 flooding that closed much of the headquarters building. The agency projects a real estate savings of approximately $585,000 for 150 pilot participants. They noted the Virtual Office initiative has and will be an invaluable recruiting advantage.
Telework Driver Award - Deborah Cohn, Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Operations, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce
Deborah Cohn pioneered the development of the USPTO’s first telework program in 1997, at a time when telework was not considered the norm in public or private sector organizations. With her foresight, creativity, and perseverance, Ms. Cohn convinced agency executives to test the concept, and forged coalitions with stakeholders, including managers, IT personnel, and the employee union. The result was creation of the innovative telework program at the USPTO called the Trademark Work At Home (TWAH) program. This program, now considered to be the gold standard for telework in the Federal government, has become an accepted telework prototype, which combines management by objective with hoteling, and results in documented space and related cost savings for the agency. Thanks to Ms. Cohn’s efforts, 85% of eligible Trademark employees now work at home at least one day per week and more than 200 Trademark Examining Attorneys work at home a majority of the week and reserve space in "hoteling" offices when they come into the office. This award recognizes Ms. Cohn’s contribution to the telework community for her vision, tenacity, and creativity that have transformed her initial idea into an accepted standard for business-based alternative work arrangements that support the current and future requirements of the public sector workforce.
For Award Enquiries:
(703) 883-9000 ext. 101
Congressman Danny K. Davis (D-IL), Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia underscores the importance of telework at the 2007 Tele-Vision Awards reception
Joseph Hungate, Chief Information Officer, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), Department of the Treasury welcomes guests and makes opening remarks as a 2006 Tele-Vision Award recipient
Arleas Upton Kea, Director, Division of Administration for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), applauds 2007 Tele-Vision Award recipients and discusses the FDIC telework program successes
Darryl Dobberfuhl, Program Manager, Telework Services, NoCommute.org announces the 2007 Tele-Vision Award recipients
Aaron Glover, Special Assistant to the Director Manpower Personnel and Security, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), accepts the 2007 Tele-Vision "Best New Telework Initiative" Award on behalf of DISA’s Telework SWAT team
Loudoun County, Virginia received the 2007 Tele-Vision "State and Local Government Telework Program" Award on behalf of the commonwealth’s Telework Program
United States Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce received the 2007 Tele-Vision "Excellence in Telework Leadership" Award for the Patents Hoteling Program
Gregory Zurmuhlen, Program Manager, Virtual Office, Internal Revenue Service accepts the 2007 Tele-Vision "Innovative Application of Technology to Support Telework" Award on behalf of the agency’s Agency-Wide Shared Services Virtual Office Program
Deborah Cohn, Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Operations, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce receives the 2007 Tele-Vision "Telework Driver" Award
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2006 Tele-Vision Awards Program