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Federal Employees News Digest : July 29, 2013
Phil Piemonte, Managing Editor E-mail: email@example.com What's Inside44 JULY 29, 2013 • VOL. 63, NO. 2 Telework's next steps: Videoconferencing This week, FEND's Nathan Abse catches up on the latest in telework in the fed- eral workforce, in an interview with Cindy Auten, general manager and advocate for the Mobile Work Exchange. Her orga- nization is a public-private partnership focused on promoting telework in govern- ment---through events and research, and bringing together legislators, government agency telework proponents and manag- ers, industry supporters and other mobile work advocacy organizations to advance the practice. Q&A with Cindy Auten, advocate for telework in government Your organization has endorsed the "Stay in Place, Cut the Waste Act" (H.R. 2643), a House bill introduced in July that would require agencies to use videoconferencing and other tech- nologies to cut federal travel expenses by 50 percent by 2017---$15 billion in annual savings. Auten: Yes, we have endorsed it, and we think the strategy in this bill is right on: Leveraging technology to reduce expenses in government---which is a huge opportunity here, more telework to create greater efficiency. But at a higher level, we also see the value the bill offers in creating a more distributed workforce---[a workforce that operates far beyond the office environment.] In short, this bill presses for far greater use of new technology, and we all know that the current technology makes us overdue for really enabling a teleworker- enabled environment. But telework in government already is growing quickly. What's the concern, then---what is impeding telework's development? Auten: One of the key challenges that teleworking faces is middle manage- ment. Many managers still tell us, "If I don't see my people, how do I know they are working?" It's a common direct quote we get from many managers. So, we have to enact [laws and poli- cies], and put in place technologies, that ensure that managers can overcome these worries by staying better con- nected with their employees. So what's the solution---videoconfer- encing? Auten: We've been long-time sup- porters of using video collaboration tools and technology to really keep a workforce connected regardless of where they are located. We think it's a great way to keep travel costs down, while keeping connected and maintain- ing that collaborative ability to see each other, no matter where people are locat- ed. All without having to travel long Seeing (or hearing) is believing So are you a Republican or a Democrat? Liberal or conser- vative? Progressive or whatever the opposite (regressive?) is? Got a test that will tell you in a minute. But first... I had a friend who had a friend who was a jury consultant in criminal trials. I don't know what his credentials were, but the defense and prosecution would sometimes hire him to help pick a friendly jury. Or, once the jury was picked, how to "read" them. How to tell---maybe---how much of the testimony they were hearing, processing and being affected by. Or not. One example I remember involved the murder of a child in Baltimore. The prosecutors were trying to paint a vivid picture for the jury of the last terrified minutes of the child's life. The jury consultant watched the panel. Made some notes. Then went to the prosecutor and said "you are not getting through to Juror Number 4. She is an audio type. She listens." During his next argument, he asked the jury---specifically No. 4---if they could "hear" the child's frantic breathing. Can you hear the killer walking up the steps? Do you hear the child's final cry for help? The consultant identified another juror as a "visual" type, and recommended that the prosecutor look at him and appeal to INSIGHT BY MIKE CAUSEY continued on page 2 For more news...see Federal Daily at www.FederalDaily.com • Bill favors reservists, guard 3 • In Brief 4 • Legal Matters 5 • Informed Investor 7 • Federal Benefits Q&A 8 continued on page 3
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