Bipartisan Senate duo presses for transparency in federal telework policies

A bipartisan pair of senators introduced a bill on Wednesday that seeks to increase the transparency regarding federal agencies’ telework policies, with the senators claiming that government workers may be receiving undeserving amounts of local pay.

Sens. Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Gary Peters (D-MI) introduced the Telework Transparency Act, which would require agencies to make their work-from-home policies publicly available, as well as mandate audits to determine whether teleworking employees are receiving the correct locality-based pay.

Some of the record-keeping is already completed by the Office of Personnel Management, but the Iowa senator said the reports are often outdated by the time they are published. The bill takes issue with federal employees who may be collecting locality pay from their office location but are teleworking from a different city.

“Americans are being
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