(NASA photo)

NASA has adjusted very well to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jane Datta, the agency’s chief human capital officer, told FedScoop last fall at FedTalks. “However, it did take us a little bit of time to get there.” Prior to the crisis, the agency already had experience putting telework agreements into place as part of its existing workforce strategy. But the difference with mass telework during the pandemic, Datta said, “was we were going to scale really rapidly.” At some points, more than 90% of the agency was working from home, she said. And from this, NASA has learned that there are many advantages to this type of work, especially when geography is not a limiting factor. “And I think we’re starting to find ways to adapt to the deficiencies of telework,” Datta said.

Billy Mitchell

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Billy Mitchell is Senior Vice President and Executive Editor of Scoop News Group's editorial brands. He oversees operations, strategy and growth of SNG's award-winning tech publications, FedScoop, StateScoop, CyberScoop, EdScoop and DefenseScoop. After earning his degree at Virginia Tech and winning the school's Excellence in Print Journalism award, Billy received his master's degree from New York University in magazine writing.

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