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Require telecommuting unless the HCA exempts positions.

Current telecommuting guidance is too vague and weak and most agencies use that as an excuse for non-existent or weak policies. Mandate the activity as an automatic opt-in, unless the PD is specifically excluded for emergency or first-line in person service positions within the federal civilian community. This will save money and GHG emissions by allowing agencies to significantly reduce leased office space, new building needs, and office space/energy requirements. For this to be effective over 50% of the employees need to be working from home at least two or more days a weak.

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Idea No. 5746