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(CNSNews.com) - In January, the U.S. Agriculture Department issued new rules for its telework program, saying "its use must be balanced" to make sure employees are getting their jobs done.
At a congressional hearing on Wednesday, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue was asked to discuss why his department felt the need to crack down on teleworking:
Processes - Things - Fast - Excuses - Teleworking
What we were finding in some of the processes there, things were not moving nearly as fast. And as we began exploring that, some of the excuses were, "So and so's teleworking." And there had been waivers where some people were teleworking a majority of the time.
One kind of funny anecdote I'll relate:
Barbershop - Lot - Things - Guy - Telework
In the barbershop, where a lot of things...(get) talked about, one guy was complaining about our new telework policy, and one of my aides was down there listening.
He (Perdue's aide) said, "Well, tell me about that." He said, "What's the problem?"
USDA - Employee - Days
And he (the USDA employee) said, "Well, I'm only going to telework two days out of...
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