5 U.S. Code § 5711 - Authority for telework travel expenses test programs

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(a) Except as provided under subsection (f)(1), in this section, the term “appropriate committees of Congress” means—
(1) the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate; and
(2) the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of the House of Representatives.
(b)
(1) Notwithstanding any other provision of this subchapter, under a test program which the Administrator of General Services determines to be in the interest of the Government and approves, an employing agency may pay through the proper disbursing official any necessary travel expenses in lieu of any payment otherwise authorized or required under this subchapter for employees participating in a telework program. Under an approved test program, an agency may provide an employee with the option to waive any payment authorized or required under this subchapter. An agency shall include in any request to the Administrator for approval of such a test program an analysis of the expected costs and benefits and a set of criteria for evaluating the effectiveness of the program.
(2) Any test program conducted under this section shall be designed to enhance cost savings or other efficiencies that accrue to the Government.
(3) Under any test program, if an agency employee voluntarily relocates from the pre-existing duty station of that employee, the Administrator may authorize the employing agency to establish a reasonable maximum number of occasional visits to the pre-existing duty station before that employee is eligible for payment of any accrued travel expenses by that agency.
(4) Nothing in this section is intended to limit the authority of any agency to conduct test programs.
(c) The Administrator shall transmit a copy of any test program approved by the Administrator under this section, and the rationale for approval, to the appropriate committees of Congress at least 30 days before the effective date of the program.
(d)
(1) An agency authorized to conduct a test program under subsection (b) shall provide to the Administrator, the Telework Managing Officer of that agency, and the appropriate committees of Congress a report on the results of the program not later than 3 months after completion of the program.
(2) The results in a report described under paragraph (1) may include—
(A) the number of visits an employee makes to the pre-existing duty station of that employee;
(B) the travel expenses paid by the agency;
(C) the travel expenses paid by the employee; or
(D) any other information the agency determines useful to aid the Administrator, Telework Managing Officer, and Congress in understanding the test program and the impact of the program.
(e) No more than 10 test programs under this section may be conducted simultaneously.
(f)
(1) In this subsection, the term “appropriate committee of Congress” means—
(A) the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate;
(B) the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of the House of Representatives;
(C) the Committee on the Judiciary of the Senate; and
(D) the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives.
(2) The Patent and Trademark Office shall conduct a test program under this section, including the provision of reports in accordance with subsection (d)(1).
(3) In conducting the program under this subsection, the Patent and Trademark Office may pay any travel expenses of an employee for travel to and from a Patent and Trademark Office worksite or provide an employee with the option to waive any payment authorized or required under this subchapter, if—
(A) the employee is employed at a Patent and Trademark Office worksite and enters into an approved telework arrangement;
(B) the employee requests to telework from a location beyond the local commuting area of the Patent and Trademark Office worksite; and
(C) the Patent and Trademark Office approves the requested arrangement for reasons of employee convenience instead of an agency need for the employee to relocate in order to perform duties specific to the new location.
(4)
(A) The Patent and Trademark Office shall establish an oversight committee comprising an equal number of members representing management and labor, including representatives from each collective bargaining unit.
(B) The oversight committee shall develop the operating procedures for the program under this subsection to—
(i) provide for the effective and appropriate functioning of the program; and
(ii) ensure that—
(I) reasonable technological or other alternatives to employee travel are used before requiring employee travel, including teleconferencing, videoconferencing or internet-based technologies;
(II) the program is applied consistently and equitably throughout the Patent and Trademark Office; and
(III) an optimal operating standard is developed and implemented for maximizing the use of the telework arrangement described under paragraph (2) while minimizing agency travel expenses and employee travel requirements.
(5)
(A) The test program under this subsection shall be designed to enhance cost savings or other efficiencies that accrue to the Government.
(B) The Director of the Patent and Trademark Office shall—
(i) prepare an analysis of the expected costs and benefits and a set of criteria for evaluating the effectiveness of the program; and
(ii) before the test program is implemented, submit the analysis and criteria to the Administrator of General Services and to the appropriate committees of Congress.
(C) With respect to an employee of the Patent and Trademark Office who voluntarily relocates from the pre-existing duty station of that employee, the operating procedures of the program may include a reasonable maximum number of occasional visits to the pre-existing duty station before that employee is eligible for payment of any accrued travel expenses by the Office.
(g) The authority to conduct test programs under this section shall expire 7 years after the date of the enactment of the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010.

Source

(Added Pub. L. 111–292, § 3(a),Dec. 9, 2010, 124 Stat. 3171.)
References in Text

The date of the enactment of the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010, referred to in subsec. (g), is the date of enactment of Pub. L. 111–292, which was approved Dec. 9, 2010.

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