IRS Plans Telecommuting Pilot

WASHINGTON (05/15/2000) - The Internal Revenue Service plans to kick off a telecommuting pilot project in mid-June that would allow some of its employees to work from home several days a week.

The IRS' Flexiplace pilot program will involve about 20 employees from the IRS' Information Systems Office of Information Resources Management. The pilot is scheduled to run about three months and will be voluntary.

The employees who partake for the pilot will work at home from one to three days a week. They will use a laptop computer and have remote access to e-mail.

During the days they work in the office, employees will be assigned a temporary workspace where they can plug in their computers to access the agency network under a concept dubbed "hoteling."

Before the pilot begins, the participants will be trained by a vendor on how to do their jobs under a telecommuting arrangement. Managers will be trained in remote management skills, said Adriane Thormahlen, senior analyst in the IRM office, speaking at the General Services Administration's annual Trail Boss Roundup in Williamsburg, Virginia, last week. Later this year, the IRS' Information Systems System Development group will conduct a similar pilot project.

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