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The Department of Agriculture will consider new telework policies that expand employee access to remote work even after the pandemic is over. It’s one of several agencies looking at telework policies in light of the virus, and it could have big implications for how much office space the government needs in the future.

  • Ben Cardin (D-MD) is proposing a new look at how the government gets and uses office space, telling “Government Matters” we could be much more efficient with use of telework.
  • Cardin said he expects to see different configurations of federal real estate, including better spacing and ventilation, but that new agency policies around telework would not have a dramatic impact on the size or needs of federal facilities.
  • He said there are many factors that go into whether the government should own or lease its space, such as the flexibility of leasing and the long-term cost savings of ownership.
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