The National Security Agency (NSA) is taking a different approach to remote work and workplace flexibility compared to other government organizations. As reported by the Federal News Network, while many organizations are transitioning back to in-office work, the NSA is exploring ways to increase remote work options — a bold shift for an agency that had minimal telework before the pandemic.
Kristina Walter, director of the NSA’s Future Ready Workforce initiative, said that while other organizations are moving from 100% telework to 75%, the NSA is only at 4% — revealing ample room for growth.
This push for flexibility comes at a time when over half of the NSA’s workforce is nearing retirement eligibility, according to the Federal News Network.
However, the NSA faces many unique challenges. Much of the agency’s work is conducted on classified networks, which require a lengthy security clearance process for new hires. To address this, the NSA has initiated a pilot program allowing new hires to work on unclassified projects while undergoing the security clearance process.
The NSA’s efforts suggest a broader trend for government agencies, placing more of an emphasis on better flexibility and work-life balance to boost attraction and retention.