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Telework - What's your Experience?

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I have not worked for an agency for 12 years.  My thoughts....

On ‎1‎/‎14‎/‎2020 at 11:23 AM, Captain22 said:

Do you think the 1102 series will continue to move toward significant (possibly 100%) telework? 

While the use of IT has change the workplace landscape it seems that telework is a trend thing even today with regard to my remaining contacts.   So yes get close to 100% but my bet it will shift back.  Most disappointing in the discussion for me is the concentration of most of the responses on internal office effect.  Not much about telework and its effect on contractor relationships.   I personally believe that my experience as an 1102 was greatly enhanced when there was the ability to actually go to the work site and interface onsite with the program needing work, seeing what the work onsite really entailed, onsite visits with the actual contractor and his or her work force completing the work and onsite review and discussion with the COR. 

 

On ‎1‎/‎14‎/‎2020 at 11:23 AM, Captain22 said:

Can Government employees be more productive/efficient while teleworking or is that just an excuse we throw out to keep the benefit?

Yes but as noted there are limitations with regard to interface with the "acquisition team" inclusive of the contractor.   I say this noting I did something akin to telework, virtual position, where I was on the west coast and the position was a DC position.   While costs were saved in facility costs to house me I wonder if the savings accounted for the travel as I was "on the road" 6 months a year.

 

On ‎1‎/‎14‎/‎2020 at 11:23 AM, Captain22 said:

Do you allow and/or encourage contractors to work off-site as a means to save space and as a recruitment tool to obtain the best support?

Had seen it done and worked for the routine needs (IT services where they can access your desktop from anywhere).

 

On ‎1‎/‎14‎/‎2020 at 11:23 AM, Captain22 said:

Industry partners: Do you notice a difference in your ability to work with federal counterparts between those who telework and those who don't?

Not an industry partner.

 

On ‎1‎/‎14‎/‎2020 at 11:23 AM, Captain22 said:

What are some of the more telework-friendly agencies you've seen for 1102 personnel?

It was mentioned that union's were a limitation, I saw it in reverse.  Those with strong unions seem to have more impact on their agencies friendliness towards all kinds of alternatives regarding the workplace.  Based on  working with 5 agencies and specific close contact with at least another 5 or more.  I was a workplace mediator available to several agencies through a Federal Executive Board program in large metropolitan area.

Old school yes, open to change yes, with my lament that the progression of 1102 series is less than a user friendly to all.  I can not imagine being in charge of building my house, having my houses entire electrical and IT wiring redone, having the nanny take care of my kids, letting the landscaper do their thing, or ask for whomever to build my Cessna from the ground up without having any face time with the individual(s) doing it, ever!

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There may be offices, functions or types of contracting where a KO and/or Specialists can work by themselves at home.

But not all contracting can effectively be accomplished from a remote location.

In particular, for organizations contracting for multiple A/E and construction and design-build construction contracts/programs, a KO or specialist must be actively involved in internal teaming with different career field employees and internally and externally partnering with stakeholders throughout the lifecycle of a project.

This occurs from the initiation of a program or project, during acquisition planning, through preparation of solicitations, negotiations/source selections/task order competitions, award, contract execution, partnering with the teams, external stakeholders and contractors during contract execution.

Dealing with performance issues, REA’s , claims, other contract admin issues, etc., etc.

Too much collaboration and interaction is necessary to be exclusively or primarily working and communicating remotely via monitors, screens, computers and cell phones. 

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