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Of interest: Pilot program advocates secure telework site in Washington metropolitan area for federal employees

Posted by Kathleen Smith

The Base Realignment and Closure Commission of 2005 (BRAC) has caused changes to many people’s lives, but there is one initiative that may cause some good for professionals with security clearances. As part of BRAC, DISA is moving from Northern Virginia to Fort Meade there may be some good news and 70% of the DISA employees live in Northern Virginia. While in many areas of the country a 26 mile commute is not difficult to handle, in the Washington DC area it is a different story. As part of the 2010 Defense budget, the National Defense Authorization Act directs the Secretary of Defense to work with the GSA and OPM to identify at least two sites for a pilot project for security cleared teleworking in the Washington DC area within 90 days of the passage of the bill.

Telecommuting has been something that many professionals in the non-security cleared world have had the advantage over security cleared workers. Security cleared teleworking centers are few and far between in the Washington DC area or any other area that would require cleared personnel to work.

Frequently we are asked if we know of any companies or positions that would allow telecommuting or have a telework center, and sadly we don’t. We applaud this direction by the Defense Department and hope that it paves the way for more options for security cleared professionals.

For more information on the matter, check out this week’s NextGov article entitled, “Defense bill calls for test of telework offices for classified work

This entry was posted on Thursday, June 25, 2009 10:11 pm

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