AT&T's new telework solution set is a clear response to the ongoing movement by government agencies to meet and expand teleworking options for their workforce.
In partnership with Oracle and Avaya, AT&T's telework solutions include a wide range of technologies and capabilities, including: broadband network access, security services, cloud computing solutions, mobility services and devices, equipment, software, and applications, such as web-based conferencing and voice-over-IP (VoIP) services.
Set to be introduced under the existing General Service Administration's (GSA) Networx contracts, AT&T will also provide consulting services, commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) software for online telework enablement, and an application platform for developing management reports and metrics that identify efficiency gains and cost-savings resulting from telework.
AT&T will offer the teleworking solutions in three distinct buckets: on-demand users for disaster recovery and continuity of operations; full-time or frequent-use teleworkers; and part-time or occasional-use teleworkers.
Both the Obama administration and Congress have cited teleworking as one of the ways that federal government agencies can improve and modernize the federal workplace in addition to reducing operating expenses and reducing carbon emissions.
In 2010, Congress passed the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010, which was signed by President Obama last December, a program that gives federal workers elibility to telework, while requiring federal agencies to establish telework policies, measures, and goals. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will notify each federal employee of his or her telework status by June 9th.
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