by Airman 1st Class Victoria H. Taylor
633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs
2/28/2014 - LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. -- -- Telework
Awareness Week begins March 3-7, at Langley Air Force Base to promote
and encourage workforce efficiency, emergency preparedness and quality
of life to civilian employees.
The Air Force Telework Program, implemented by the Department of Defense
in 2010, applies to civilian employees, including those subject to
applicable collective bargaining agreements.
"Telework allows workplace flexibility," said Trish Whitaker, 633rd
Force Support Squadron Civilian Personnel chief. "It also enables the
Air Force to maintain continuity of operations and reduce management
costs while also improving employees' ability to balance their work and
Telework-eligible civilians employees who choose to work from home must
have their supervisor's approval, sign the telework agreement DD Form
2946 and the supervisor and employee need to complete the Office of
Personnel Management Telework 101 training.
However, employees who hold positions that require direct handling of
secure materials, on-site activity that cannot be handled remotely or at
an alternative workplace or require face-to-face visits such as patient
care, counseling or teaching roles, to name a few, are not eligible for
the telework program.
Telework falls into four categories and was designed to enhance work performance for supervisors and employees.
A common form of Telework that occurs as a part of an ongoing, regular schedule.
A common form occurring on an occasional non-routine or ad hoc
basis to complete short-term special assignments or to accommodate
Emergency situations telework
Telework performed a residence or alternative work site during a
crisis situation or an emergency by employees who perform duties in
support of mission requirements during crisis situations or
A specific form of situational telework where an employee on an
approved telework agreement performs assigned official duties at home,
or other approved worksite, when government offices are closed or other
circumstances disrupt commuting and comprise safety.
"The command encourages telework to all eligible employees," said
Whitaker. "The program has been known to boost morale and enhance the
lives of those who take advantage of its flexibilities."
For more information on telework, contact your local Civilian Personnel
Workforce Effectiveness Branch. All employees who are authorized to
telework must complete DD Form 2946, DOD Telework Agreement, located at
www.cpms.osd.mil/telework. To take the required training, visit