Survey of U.S. Government Agencies Reveals Telework as Essential to Continuity of Operations and Emergency Preparedness
Despite Widespread Support for Telework Initiatives, Only 28 Percent of Respondents Report Use of Telework on a Routine Basis
- Employee safety and the loss/compromise of data topped respondents' concerns across civilian, defense and state/local government organizations.
- When asked to rank their agency's preparedness to various scenarios, only 8 percent of respondents reported their agency was "very ready" to respond to a pandemic flu event.
- Most respondents have taken steps to prepare for COOP (88 percent). While 63 percent reported that their agency is modifying its IT infrastructure to support COOP, 32 percent reported they have committed financial resources to support COOP.
- More than 70 percent of respondents believed government-to-government interoperational links are ready to operate under COOP scenarios.
- Congress should play a greater role in COOP, according to 76 percent of respondents; 56 percent believe Congress should provide more funding to agencies, and 51 percent believe Congress should require greater COOP planning of agencies.