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On Friday, Congresswoman Lauren Boebert, House Committee on Oversight and Accountability Chairman James Comer, and Subcommittee on Government Operations and the Federal Workforce Chairman Pete Sessions sent congressional oversight letters to 25 federal agencies demanding transparency about telework policies and their impact on how these agencies are serving the American public.

Congresswoman Lauren Boebert stated, “While many hard-working Americans were working through the pandemic, federal bureaucrats were lounging at home and not even logging in to their computers. Shockingly, more than three years past the start of the pandemic, numerous public servants are still teleworking and only going in to the office one day per week, all at the expense of the American taxpayer. I have heard from countless constituents who did not get their tax returns back on time, who did not get their passports in a timely manner, and who did not get benefits from the VA because federal employees were teleworking. The House Oversight and Accountability Committee and I are demanding transparency from federal agencies on their secretive telework policies so that the American people know what exactly their tax dollars are funding and how their public servants are serving them.”

Oversight and Accountability Committee Chairman James Comer said, “Hard-working Americans across this country show up to work every day and the federal government workforce their taxes fund must follow their lead. Even though the pandemic is over, the Biden Administration is allowing telework levels far above those that existed pre-pandemic. This is occurring in an apparently indiscriminate, unaccountable manner, without oversight from the White House or the Office of Personnel Management – whose Director could not tell members what portion of federal employees are teleworking when she appeared before the Committee in March. This is unacceptable and U.S. taxpayers deserve better. Federal workers must show up to work in-person and the Oversight Committee will hold agencies accountable when their employees do not show up to work for the American people.”

Oversight and Accountability Committee Subcommittee on Government Operations and the Federal Workforce Chairman Pete Sessions stated, “The COVID emergency is over – and most Americans have been back to work for many years. Taxpayers expect the same from public servants, but telework policies and outcomes are unclear across the federal government. These letters will provide necessary information to allow for increased oversight and transparency. We are taking deliberate steps to ensure taxpayers are receiving value from their government. I welcome federal agencies’ response and engagement in this process.”

Author: Press Release


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