Sen. Joni Ernst scru­ti­nizes remote work by fed­er­al work­ers after COVID-19

Sen. Joni Ernst (R‑IA) wants most civ­il ser­vants in the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment to return to their offices or face the music.
Pres­i­dent Joe Biden pre­dict­ed in last year’s State of the Union address that the “vast major­i­ty of fed­er­al work­ers” would “once again work in per­son,” Ernst, the rank­ing mem­ber of the Sen­ate Small Busi­ness and Entre­pre­neur­ship Com­mit­tee, point­ed out.
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How­ev­er, “a year and a half lat­er … fed­er­al offices remain a ghost town,” Ernst wrote in a Sept. 13 New York Post op-ed, which was one part of a broad­er push. “At least 75% of the office space at most fed­er­al agen­cies’ head­quar­ters is not being used. Tax­pay­ers are pick­ing up the cost of main­tain­ing these most­ly emp­ty build­ings.”
Ernst declared she has “had enough” and is tak­ing steps to require “‘tele­work­ing’ fed­er­al bureau­crats to show up and inves­ti­gat­ing how many tax dol­lars bureau­crats phon­ing it in from far away while get­ting DC pay are abus­ing.”
The Iowa sen­a­tor com­plained that …