Covid-19: US government urged to clarify that contractors can telework

19 March 2020

A US industry group is urging the Trump administration to clarify that government contractors are authorised to work from home during the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak.

In a 18 March letter to Russell Vought, acting director of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), David Berteau, president and CEO of the Professional Services Council (PSC), wrote that while telework is clearly permitted under US law, some contracting officers are telling contractors that remote work is not allowed under their contracts.

Berteau said OMB should issue government-wide guidance reminding agencies that telework is indeed authorised. Without such guidance, contractors might end up losing their jobs, he warned.

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