By the end of April, the Office of Personnel Management is expected to release to Congress its annual report on the state of telework in the federal government. Since we won\u2019t get to see it until mid May, we turned to the General Services Administration\u2019s telework boss Stanley F. Kaczmarczyk, for our own update of sorts.Kaczmarczyk\u2019s title isn\u2019t actually \u201ctelework boss,\u201d but director, Office of Real Property, Innovative Workplaces Division, Office of Governmentwide Policy, U.S. General Services Administration. Whew. Here\u2019s what we learned, along with handy links to the original stories reporting on each topic.Kistner: Of the $50K executive agencies are mandated to set aside for telework center use annually (Public Law 105-277), how much was actually spent last year?\u00a0\u00a0 https:\/\/www.nwfusion.com\/net.worker\/columnists\/2004\/0202kistner.htmlKaczmarczyk: Of the 20 agencies covered, 15 of them used the telework centers in 2003. Of the 15, seven of them spent at least $50K. That might not sound like good compliance, but it\u2019s okay. I\u2019m sure the agencies that aren\u2019t participating, and those that aren\u2019t spending the whole $50K, have a long list of reasons why telework centers aren\u2019t the optimal solution. But everybody\u2019s aware of it, we\u2019re tracking the dollars and we do keep reminding those folks of the requirements. But keep in mind the way these laws are phrased; they typically say the money should be set aside, allocated, or should be made available. They don\u2019t say \u201cthou shalt spend $50K.\u201d It\u2019s never black and white, unfortunately.Kistner: What is the status of the Web-based training being developed for teleworkers and their managers? Have the modules been developed, approved, activated? Will they be accessible from the telework.gov Web site? https:\/\/www.nwfusion.com\/net.worker\/columnists\/2001\/1224kistner.htmlKaczmarczyk: We have a strategic partnership with OPM to further telework in the federal government. We\u2019ve been working with OPM and its contractor to develop the training, create content, and test the software. But all the mechanics and management of the project is the purview of OPM. They tell us the employee module should be live by March 12, with the manager module following a month after. Since the funding was made to OPM for federal workers specifically, you\u2019ll probably need a .gov e-mail address to access the modules at the telework.gov site. That would make sense.\u00a0Kistner: What is the status of the recommendations in the Booz Allen Hamilton study on IT barriers to home-based work? https:\/\/www.nwfusion.com\/net.worker\/columnists\/2002\/0603kistner.htmlKaczmarczyk: I\u2019ll give you a general overview rather than go into specific recommendations. The main conclusion of the study - which Congress requested GSA to conduct - was that while there are technical issues hampering telework, there aren\u2019t any technology barriers. We folded all the recommendations into our regular governmentwide program of education, guidance, leadership, urging, shaking by the shoulders. We try to get people to increase their telework implentations without actually having any authority to force them to do anything. Sometimes Congress has weighed in with legislation to try and help telework along. So we provided Congress this feedback and hopefully [the members] will find it useful. Obviously we can\u2019t create legislation or go any further than to say this makes good business sense, to encourage it, and to help the agencies work through whatever issues they have on a case by case basis, whether it\u2019s the technology, the mechanics of it, the culture change. We\u2019re trying to move this forward in every way we can.