All staff wishing to participate in Telework must complete the USDA Telework Agreement, AD-3018 form. Several Federal Eye Twitter followers said Tuesday they were informed of their telework status, and some said they got permission months or even years ago. We also learned this morning that, contrary to the long-standing belief that National Park Service rangers could not work remotely, an agency spokesperson said that Rangers would effectively telework occasionally on days when they could research new interpretive documents or write reports that they could easily do off-site. As noted, federal employees began this week to find out if they could benefit from a new federal telework law. If, as noted above, you are eligible for telework and wish to participate, make sure that you meet the mandatory training requirements before working with your supervisor to complete the USDA Telework Form, AD-3018 agreement. What is your telework status – or the status of your spouse or friends? Let us know and share the details in the comments section below. Telework 101 for employees: telework for you 4) You have been officially disciplined for being absent for 5 days or more during a calendar year without authorization. For workers represented by labour organizations who, under the Federal Employment Services Act, have been granted exclusive representation status, the implementation of the Telework Directive and these instructions is conditional on the fulfilment of appropriate work obligations. Finally, thanks to the models we received from the Department of Agriculture, here`s a look at how federal workers are informed of their status: USDA has approved AgLearn Telework`s courses for the mandatory training requirement are: . Supervisors and staff must undergo mandatory training prior to the conclusion of a telework agreement; However, while training was successfully completed prior to the implementation of the Telework Improvement Act, new training is not needed – it is urgently encouraged. On December 9, 2010, President Obama signed the 2010 Telework Enhancement Act and the USDA passed a new USDA DR 4080-811-002 departmental telework regulations on January 25, 2011. In accordance with the requirements of the Enactment and the Departmental Regulation, this message communicates the official communication on eligibility requirements to participate in the USDA telework program and provides you with useful resources to get started.