Good News: Our Government Embraces Telecommuting

On Wednesday the House passed a bill that would establish government-wide regulations for telecommuting for federal employees and help promote the practice in federal agencies. And the Senate has passed a similar bill.

Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md., the lead sponsor of the bill, ticked off what he said were the numerous benefits of teleworking: helping recruit and retain a better work force; improving worker morale; reducing traffic congestion and the government's carbon footprint; and ensuring that the government functions during emergencies.

"There's nothing magic about strapping yourself into a metal box and driving 25 and 35 miles a day to a place that's sitting before a laptop when you can do it at home," said Republican Rep. Frank Wolf.

Indeed. In fact, what's the opposite of "magic"? This should be welcome news to any government waste watchdogs out there.

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