September 13, 2023
C-Suite Wednesday – SBA Leaders to Return to Office in the Coming Weeks
All political appointees, members of the Senior Executive Service, and senior-level staff will be transitioning to working in person at least five days per pay period beginning on September 25th. On November 5th, remaining telework-eligible managers and supervisors assigned to the agency headquarters in Washington D.C. will also be expected to work in office 5 days per pay period. Before this change, they were only required to work in-office two days out of every two weeks.
Greater in-person work “allows for increased camaraderie, improved collaboration, and the ability to leave work at the office,” writes SBA in its memo to staff obtained by Federal News Network. “Employees are encouraged to use their in-person time to its full potential to ensure the office and on-site worksites remain primary hubs for SBA team members to collaborate, create, build community, and care for one another.”
While this is a start to SBA employees’ return to the office, this does not apply to employees working at field offices or outside of the Washington D.C. area.
This news comes less than a month after the House Small Business Committee’s Chairman sent a letter inquiring about SBA’s return-to-work policies. Additionally, the news comes just days before the “Oversight of Federal Agencies’ Post-Pandemic Telework Policies” hearing that will be held tomorrow, September 14th. The Subcommittee on Government Operations and the Federal Workforce hearing will examine post-pandemic telework and remote work policies for federal employees.