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The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to expand the possibility of remote work and increased work schedule flexibility for the post-Covid period, the Federal News Network reported.

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack wrote in a memo obtained by Federal News Network that he was seeking to begin “a strategic and equitable review of the current duty stations of their positions, current and planned recruitments, and to identify those positions that may be effectively performed either remotely or virtually beyond the pandemic.”

The review will be based in part on surveys sent to employees and supervisors, Vilsack said.

He noted that some positions, such as inspectors, firefighters and laboratory personnel, would continue to be performed on site. However, the experience of the past year had shown the potential of remote work, he said.

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