‘Telework’ center is agency’s first step to Fort Meade move – baltimoresun.com

Huh.  VERY interesting news to me.  Landing a job there would mean a one mile commute.  How much would that rule?

‘Telework’ center is agency’s first step to Fort Meade move – baltimoresun.com:
By Phillip McGowan
sun reporter
Originally published May 16, 2007

The Defense Information Systems Agency, one of the largest federal commands moving to Maryland as part of a national military realignment, announced yesterday it has opened a telecommuting center at Fort Meade – the first step toward moving its 4,300 workers to the Army post.

The agency is the first to establish a foothold in Maryland among those transferring here as part of the base realignment and closure process known as BRAC, which is expected to bring tens of thousands of defense jobs to Maryland over the next five years.

The “telework” center at the Army post, which opened in January, allows DISA personnel to work there rather than commute to the agency’s three sites in Northern Virginia. Defense officials said they are hopeful the center – the third for DISA employees on the East Coast – will help in its efforts to build a Maryland-centric work force as the agency moves to Fort Meade by 2011.

The military will break ground on DISA’s $500 million campus-style headquarters at the Army post by the summer of 2008, and the million-square-foot complex is expected to be done in early 2011. The deadline for agencies moving as part of BRAC is September 2011.

In all, nearly 6,000 defense personnel are relocating to Fort Meade because of BRAC.

About 4,000 DISA employees work in Northern Virginia. The big question is: How many Northern Virginians, who constitute roughly 75 percent of the DISA work force, will move with their jobs to Fort Meade?

State and federal officials are bracing for the possibility that hundreds of high-tech workers might quit rather than relocate. Historically, between 25 percent and 40 percent of defense workers have relocated as part of BRAC.

Croom noted that about 1,200 workers telecommute at least part time – most of them working from home – and that technological advances allow them to work on secret material.

Penkoske said those efforts are attracting more Maryland workers. In the past year, he said, as Virginia’s share of DISA’s work force dropped 3 percent, Maryland’s share rose by 3 percent.

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