(TotalConservative.com) – House Republicans have reintroduced an initiative aimed at getting federal employees back in office. The Stopping Home Office Work’s Unproductive Problems (SHOW UP) Act is designed to end large swaths of telecommuting that federal workers have been engaged in since the practice was popularized over the last few years.
Rep. James Comer (R-KY) is asking federal workers to come back to work so that services provided to Americans like social security and veterans benefits are handled with care and efficiency. The bill is aimed at restoring standards for office attendance back to where they were a few years ago.
The bill will also require that federal agencies review how telecommuting impacted their performance and submit their findings to Congress. The Office of Personnel Management found that 25% of over 500,000 federal workers polled were working from home three days a week.
Critics of the bill claim that if Republicans “were serious” about making customer service better for taxpayers they wouldn’t be trying to stop the expansion of the IRS. Others claim the bill would “denigrate the federal workforce” and “undermine recruitment and retention.”
Rep. Comer said, “telework crippled the ability of departments and agencies to fulfill their responsibilities [and] created cumbersome backlogs” in a statement. He also published a letter addressed to the Administrator for the General Service Administration in Washington, D.C. which claimed whistleblowers were reporting she worked from outside the city most of the time.
That letter requested detailed information from GSA head Robin Carnahan including the number of days she’s been present in D.C. during her employment as GSA head, any specific arrangement they have regarding remote work, all documents and communications regarding the arrangement, her calendar, and any travel expenses she’s had reimbursed while in office.
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