Department of Defense INSTRUCTION

SUBJECT: Telework Policy

References: See Enclosure 1
1.  PURPOSE.  In accordance with the authority in DoD Directive 5124.02 (Reference (a)), this Instruction:

a.  Reissues DoD Instruction 1035.01 (Reference (b)).

b.  Establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures for implementing DoD telework programs.

c.  Implements the provisions of sections 6501 through 6506 of title 5, United States Code (U.S.C.), as added by Public Law 111-292 (also known as the “Telework Enhancement Act of 2010”) (Reference (c)); section 359 of Public Law 106-346 (Reference (d)); and sections 101 and 206 of title 37, U.S.C. (Reference (e)).

2.  APPLICABILITY.  This Instruction applies to:
a.  OSD, the Military Departments, the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Joint Staff, the Combatant Commands, the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Defense, the Defense Agencies, the DoD Field Activities, and all other organizational entities within the DoD (hereinafter referred to collectively as the “DoD Components”).

b.  Employees (as defined in the Glossary) and Service members where indicated in the Instruction and at the discretion of the Heads of the OSD and DoD Components.

3.  DEFINITIONS.  See Glossary.

4.  POLICY.  It is DoD policy that telework shall be:
a.  Actively promoted and implemented throughout the DoD in support of the DoD commitment to workforce efficiency, emergency preparedness, and quality of life.  Telework facilitates the accomplishment of work; can serve as an effective recruitment and retention strategy; enhance DoD efforts to employ and accommodate people with disabilities; and create cost savings by decreasing the need for office space and parking facilities, and by reducing transportation costs, including costs associated with payment of transit subsidies.

b.  Authorized for the maximum number of positions to the extent that mission readiness is not jeopardized.

c.  Used to the broadest extent possible by eligible employees on a regular and recurring basis, up to and including full-time telework, or a situational basis at an approved alternative worksite.  Telework, however, is not an entitlement.

d.  Periodically exercised to ensure its effectiveness in continuing operations in the event of a crisis or national emergency (e.g., pandemic influenza).

e.  Used to help create employment and return-to-work opportunities for veterans, people with disabilities, and spouses of Service members and employees being relocated.

5.  RESPONSIBILITIES.  See Enclosure 2.

6.  PROCEDURES.  See Enclosure 3.

7.  INFORMATION COLLECTION REQUIREMENTS.  The DCPAS Annual Telework Report referred to in paragraph 7.f. of Enclosure 2 has been assigned Report Control Symbol (RCS) DD-P&R(A)2433 in accordance with DoD 8910.1-M (Reference (f)).

8.  RELEASABILITY.  UNLIMITED.  This Instruction is approved for public release and is available on the Internet from the DoD Issuances Website at

a.  This DoDI  is effective upon its publication to the DoD Issuances Website.

b.  If this DoDI  is not otherwise reissued or cancelled in accordance with DoD Instruction 5025.01 (Reference (g)), it will expire effective April 4, 2022 and be removed from the DoD Issuances Website.


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