By Carter Langston, FEMA Public Affairs
Representing FEMA’s Workplace Transformation initiative, Tonya Schreiber provided the opening address at the Mobile Work Exchange Spring Town Hall meeting Tuesday morning at the Washington Convention Center.
Mobile Work Exchange (www.mobileworkexchange.com) is a public-private partnership focused on demonstrating the value of mobility and telework and serving the emerging educational and communication requirements of the federal mobile community.
Explaining FEMA’s progress toward mobility, Tonya informed the audience of nearly 1,000 mobile work professionals that the agency’s mission requires mobility.
“Disaster survivors depend on FEMA’s ability to go big, go fast and go smart,” she said. “If it does not work in the field, it does not work.”
By facilitating telework, routine remote work ensures mobile productivity when it’s needed most – in an emergency.
In addition to the mission-related element of mobility, there is a solid budgetary benefit to telework, she explained. For example, by consolidating eight leased buildings in the National Capital Region to three leased buildings, the agency is expected to reduce 182,000 square feet of leased space and save about $9.1 million in lease payments alone.
The agency’s leadership expects to save an additional $2.6 million in utility costs and transit savings from 20 percent of the workforce teleworking each week.
Prior to Tonya taking the stage, Cindy Auten, general manager of Mobile Work Exchange, discussed the success of the federal telework initiative.
Following Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer’s elephant-in-the-room slide from a speech last week, Cindy included an elephant photo in her presentation and discussed the very public telework failures in the private sector.
By managing for results and creating greater collaboration through IT enablers, she said the federal government is the best example on how to build a mobile workforce.
“Maybe Yahoo! Could learn a lot from these experts,” she said.