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Telework provides employees with the opportunity to perform their duties at alternative worksites during an agreed-upon portions of their work week. Alternative worksites may include an employee's home, a telecommuting center (commonly called a telecenter) or another USGS facility, or a "virtual office." 

The USGS Telework program is administered by the Employee Relations Department of Human Resources.  Please contact your assigned Employee Relations Specialist if you have any questions or concerns.

Teleworking Rules and Regulations

Department of the Interior (DOI) Telework Program information, policies, fact sheets, and forms are found at:


Telework Updates


Required Telework Training

Before an employee can telework, and before a telework agreement is executed, the supervisor and employee must complete the required telework training courses, which are available in the Department’s learning management system, DOITalent. Access these trainings by opening DOITalent, go to the Find Learning drop down menu on the top tool bar, and select Courses. A new page will load, enter Telework Fundamentals into the Course Name search box and then click Search. Both, Employee Training and Manager Training, will appear in the search results.

  • Telework Fundamentals – Employee Training
  • Telework Fundamentals – Manager Training



  • U.S. Geological Survey Telework Agreement Approval Form
  • NOTE:  "Core Schedule Days of Work" Issue with Google Telework Agreement
    If the form is not updating changes to the "Core Schedule Days of Work" checkboxes, go back to the link to the form and edit your response.  Follow steps 1-6 below.  Submit a couple times toggling all the checkboxes and Continuity of Operations Personnel Designation, and changing your first and last name to see if you can stimulate a change in the sheet. The more things you change in the form and submit, the better chance it will update the whole record. If that fails to correct the issue, you can request support
    1. Change first name to “Test” (this will usually force the form to update sheet)
    2. Change the "Supervisor Email Address" to your own email address. Clear "Concurring Management Official" email address.
    3. Select the Requested Telework Arrangement as "Employee-Initiated Termination."
    4. Verify all of the rest of the information in the email matches what you submitted.
    5. Approve the Agreement Form as the Supervisor.
    6. Now, fill out the form properly and submit to your supervisor 
    • If you are  still experiencing issues then put a ticket in to:, Category: Google Drive, Note: telework app support. (Explain the issue). 


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