How Telework Is Playing Out in Federal Agencies Amid Coronavirus

“… Key pieces of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s telework program include video cameras, which allow face-to-face interaction among distant workers, as well as teleconferencing tools such as Cisco’s WebEx and Jabber. Other agencies use devices such as Microsoft Surface and Lenovo ThinkPad tablet-style computers to keep employees connected when working remotely.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health issued a joint statement last month in the wake of a report from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci and other federal scientists, also encouraging telework.

“Given the apparent efficiency of virus transmission, everyone should be prepared for COVID-19 to gain a foothold throughout the world, including in the United States,” the NIH and CDC wrote…”

“This week, the Department of Homeland Security announced that its office in King County, Wash., will be closed for two weeks following the discovery of an employee who apparently contracted the coronavirus after visiting a relative at the nearby Life Care Center nursing facility, which has become a focal point of the outbreak in the United States, CNN reports…” Read the full article here.

Source: Telework Can Help Agencies Keep Running as Coronavirus Spreads – By Phil Goldstein, March 6, 2020, Fed Tech.

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