Teleworking a Factor in Government Agencies Space Needs Study; Some Capitol employees are still working from home | government and politics

A number of North Dakota state employees were forced to work from home when the coronavirus pandemic hit. Some are still balanced as COVID-19 recedes, and it’s unclear how long this could last.

“We didn’t tell agencies that they should have a percentage of their workforce telecommuting or anything like that,” said Joe Morrissette, Office of Management and Budget Director said Prairie Public. He said each state agency makes its own decisions.

“Obviously, Corrections has to have a different model than lawyers, accountants or accountants,” Morrissette said. “There are people at OMB, facility management people who have to be on site here. The printing people have to be on site. For other positions, telecommuting works well.”

OMB works with a consultant to assess each government agency’s space needs and telecommuting is part of this.

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“We really don’t have a good view on that,” Morrissette said. “We know how much space each agency is allocated. We know how many FTEs they have, but we don’t know how many are on-site.”

FTE stands for full-time equivalents.

Morrissette said his agency will try to identify space opportunities.

“We’re seeing some efficiency gains and cost savings as a result of teleworking,” he said. “If space opens up here, agencies that are currently renting space off-site can bring those people back and save on that expense.”

OMB plans to make a presentation on the issue to an interim legislative committee in September.

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