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Telework Exchange Town Hall
By Tony Facca, Emerging Technology and Desktop Standards (ETADS) Project Manager

Recently, NASA was represented at the 2011 Telework Exchange Town Hall meeting in Washington, DC, by Tony Facca of NASA’s Emerging Technology and Desktop Standards (ETADS). The Telework Exchange is “a publicprivate partnership focused on demonstrating the tangible value of telework and serving the emerging educational and communication requirements of the Federal teleworker community.” ETADS, chartered with defining the Agency’s Desktop Computing Standards, was asked to give a presentation based on previous participation in Telework Exchange activities.

The Town Hall had special significance given the continued consumerization of information technology (IT), the explosive growth of mobility solutions, and President Obama’s signing into law of the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010. While at the Town Hall, Facca discussed how telework has enhanced collaboration across a geographically dispersed Agency and among global partners and how telework has created an environment that no longer restricts innovation to 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Facca described how technologies that fuel telework are directly transferable to the flight line, to the test cell, and to continuity of operation plans (COOP). Indeed, COOP was a recurring theme as many in attendance recounted how implementing telework strategies enabled the Federal Government to remain operational during the Washington, DC, “Snowmageddon” of winter 2010.

Other agencies presenting included the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which discussed practices for secure telework experiences and technology leaders including Microsoft, Intel, Citrix, and Cisco, who offer innovative approaches to supporting telework initiatives. The Department of Defense (DOD) also participated and recounted how implementing a teleworking policy helped stem an employee exodus resulting from its Base Realignment and Closing (BRAC) initiative. The United States Patent and Trade Office was recognized as a trailblazing authority for its vast adoption of telework and its measurable results, including significant savings to the agency.

More information about the Telework Exchange can be found at http://www.teleworkexchange.com.

More information about NASA’s ETADS can be found at https://etads.nasa.gov.