Yes. OPM offers web-based staff training modules, in line with the requirements of the Telework Improvement Act 2010. Agencies may provide additional training or request additional training. Check with your telework or telework coordinator to find out about the training your agency can offer. The answer depends on the specific language and requirements of the Agency`s telework policy. The Telework Improvement Act obliges each federal authority to include telework in its business continuity plans (CO-OP). To achieve the objectives of the act, many jurisdictions have adopted guidelines that expand the use of telework so that more of their employees who are willing to telework can be productive during government shutdowns in response to bad weather, special events and other emergencies. Therefore, if the Agency`s telework policy requires staff to be ready to work during the closure of the agencies and this requirement is clearly communicated by the Agency to the worker in the written telework agreement, the worker should be working. The quintessence is that employees should follow the guidelines, as outlined in their agency telework directive. For more information, consult your agency`s telework policy, contact your telework coordinator or visit your agency`s human resources department. The provisions of the Telework Enhancement Act apply only to federal civilian employees within the meaning of 5 USC 2105. However, there is no federal law or regulation expressly prohibiting telework for federal contractors.