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Pendleton offers program for civilian employees to work from home

Some of Camp Pendleton’s civilian Marine workforce may save a few days of commute to their offices with a new base order that would allow them to work from home.

The base’s commanding officer, Col. Nicholas F. Marano, signed Base Order 12600.1, March 18 that allows eligible base employees to participate in Telework, a program that enables civilian workers to complete assigned duties and tasks at an alternate location, such as their homes.

“The program provides supervisors and employees an alternative means to accomplish legitimate work requirements,” said Theodore E. Devlin, deputy associate chief of staff, Manpower, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. “Telework also provides options when work space is an issue, and helps injured employees return to work more quickly, following an injury.”

The program allows for two types of alternative work schedules; regular/recurring and ad hoc.

The regular/recurring schedule is designed for employees who will repeatedly work at least one day each pay period, at an alternative worksite. This includes injuries or illnesses that require convalescent leave time.

The ad hoc schedule is for use of an alternative worksite on occasional, one-time or irregular basis, and is only authorized for short durations.

“Using alternative worksites can help with mission accomplishment immensely, especially during local natural disasters, such as wildfires,” said Devlin. “During such occasions, certain base functions would remain uninterrupted, and the mission would continue without sacrifice.”

To be approved for participation in the program, employees must submit a Telework package to their supervisor.

All necessary forms to apply for Telework are available at the Marine Corps Electronic Forms System Web site at, http://192.156.19.109/ar/MCEFS.nsf, and the Telework 101 training is available at, http://www.telework.gov/tools_and_resources/training/managers/index.aspx.

All requirements of the program must be met for an employee to be considered.

Once employees are deemed suitable by their supervisor, their request is then forwarded to the appropriate assistant chief of staff/directors for final approval.

For more information about the order, contact base’s Civilian Human Resources Office at (760) 763-0439 or visit http://www.cpms.osd.mil/telework.aspx or https://intranet.mciwest.usmc.mil/chro/default.aspx.

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