During a House Subcommittee on Government Operations hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) discussed how policies like telework and the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program can attract and retain top-tier talent at government agencies.
“What’s interesting is that I think the statistics demonstrate that in agencies where telework has been implemented in an aggressive and sustained way, this notion that ‘if I can’t see you, are you working,’ goes out the window because they tend to be some of the most productive places to work,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “And when a culture of productivity takes hold, often spurred by the telework, it actually spreads to the entire workforce whether they’re teleworking or not. So, the cultural benefits of assimilating telework, I think, are there to be seen in the statistics in the data, but we gotta make sure we’re keeping track of what the barriers are, so we can address them in a meaningful way.”
Pivoting to a conversation about the importance of the PSLF program, Congressman Sarbanes continued: “I want to now completely switch gears over to you, Ms. Conrad, because I know in your testimony, certainly your written testimony, you talk about how student loans are pretty significant barriers to public service and that, in particular, the proper implementation of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Act would help with recruiting younger workers into federal service. That’s something near and dear to my heart because I was an author of the original PSLF program, and I am anguished by the failure for that to be implemented in an effective way, and the impact it’s having frankly on millions who could potentially benefit.”