Telework is a flexible work arrangement that permits employees to carry out their duties and responsibilities of their positions from an approved worksite other than the location where they would otherwise work. The approved alternative worksite may be an employee's home or a telework center.
HUD employees are permitted to telework up to three days per week (two if you are on a compressed work schedule).
Remember, telework is a privilege and not a right. Your request to telework may be denied either for business reasons or due to performance issues.
You are eligible for telework if you have tasks and work activities that are portable, do not require you to be at the traditional worksite, and can be supervised regardless of where you work. Examples of eligible types of work include reviewing grants, reports, and cases; writing decisions or reports; researching and analyzing material; programming, data entry, and word processing, as well as editing and proofreading documents. You may be a good candidate for teleworking if your work does not require you to have daily face-to-face contact with your supervisor, colleagues, clients, or the general public, or require you to routinely access classified or other sensitive information/material. Note that access to personally identifiable information does not automatically prevent you from teleworking.
The HUD Telework Policy also permits employees to telework up to five days per week for "situational telework." Situational telework covers situations such as when the official worksite is not usable during office renovation projects, or if a short-term work assignment is better performed at a site free from interruptions. It also applies to weather emergencies, when employees may prefer to work from home rather than taking leave or risking a hazardous commute. You must have a telework agreement in place even if you just want to use situational telework occasionally.
Under the Department's telework policy and our contract, you can:
OPM has estimated that each employee who teleworks three days per week can save 6,500 miles of commuting travel per year, as well as the corresponding fuel costs, wear and tear on a car, traffic delays, and stress. Telework is good for employees, good for HUD, good for the metro area, and good for the environment.
Local 476 continues to work to improve telework benefits for our employees.
OPM's latest report on telework in the federal government covered fiscal year 2017. Read the full report here.
According to information HUD provided to OPM, 81% of eligible employees telework. That was 5,405 people in FY 2017. Of those 5405 employees:
Although many employees continue to encounter resistance from managers when they try to telework, especially up to the maximum three days per week permitted under our contract, HUD claimed to OPM that the Department has increased participation due to raising awareness of the telework program during "New Employee Orientations weekly to ensure new employees are aware of the program. Supervisors and Managers also mentioned to current employees throughout the year that they are telework eligible and then discussed the agency policy pertaining to telework."
In its report to OPM, HUD had set embarassingly low goals for telework participation in 2018: 5,513 participants (a 1.9% increase over 2017 participation rates), and 2,302 participants on a "frequent routine basis." Frequent routine means more than two days per pay period.