"No excuses anymore. It's time to change," Vice President told participants at a Reinvention Conference. The requirement that federal workers sign in, he said, "is a "waste and indignity."
A 1995 NPR survey on time and attendance in 26 federal organizations showed that most federal agencies do not have policies that require their employees to sign in and out. Nevertheless, most federal workers still have to do it. "Ironically, agencies offering employees the greatest flexibility in arranging their work schedules are also making most of them sign in and out, especially for employees on alternate work schedules," said NPR staff member Laurie Lyons, who conducted the survey for the Chief Financial Officers Council.
The survey also showed considerable confusion in interpreting governmentwide policies, a profusion of approaches, and many requirements embedded in union contracts that will have to be renegotiated.
The new guidelines will permit agencies to establish systems based on this model, including the use of electronic signatures, eliminating the need to keep paper records. The guidelines are on the NPR homepage (http://www.npr.gov). For a copy of the guidelines, call (202) 512-6000. For information, call Barry Grinnell at GAO, (202) 512-9530.
This article appeared in the Spring 1996 issue of Reinvention Roundtable.