While the announcement of USCIS`s „remote work“ certainly coincides with growing concerns about COVID-19, the Agency`s letter does not mention coronavirus. The implementation of a national remote work program is due to the Agency`s collective agreements with AFGE, said Judy McLaughlin, head of USCIS` Department of Labor and Personnel Relations. At the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 74% of the workforce has telework agreements, NRC Commissioner David Wright told the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Wednesday. Executive Order (EO) 13836, Developing Efficient, Effective, and Cost-Reducing Approaches to Federal Sector Collective Bargaining, signed by the President on May 25, 2018, requires agencies to submit any long-term collective agreement (CBA) and its expiry date within 30 days of the CBA`s entry into force. EO 13836 also requires OPM to make these CBAs available to the public on the internet. This promotes transparency by allowing the public to consult the types of agreements between federal agencies and industry unions. Agencies are also required to submit arbitration awards to OPM within 10 business days of receipt. OPM has issued a memorandum on the publication of the CBA database, which contains guidelines on agency requirements for CBAs and arbitration awards. AFGE Council 119 President Danielle Spooner said the request for the union to waive its right to negotiate after implementation was unacceptable because the union`s collective agreement expressly requires such negotiations in the event of a national emergency. „Please work with your superior for your specific circumstances,“ Lopez said. „If you have a telework agreement but don`t have your laptop and other equipment needed to telework with you, please come to the office to pick them up and meet with your supervisor before you start unscheduled telework.“ „The notice proposing to temporarily suspend negotiations on emergency measures was drafted in exchange for the union`s request that the agency respond to various requests from the union leadership for increased engagement of descendants,“ he said.