Story Ideas in Fairfax County
Fairfax County Office of Public
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Aug. 26, 2004
Story Ideas in Fairfax County
The Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs provides a summary of news briefs designed to inform the media about great story ideas in Fairfax County government. The information provided gives the background on several newsworthy stories as well as the contact information for key personnel to provide more information, interviews, etc. For additional questions on the Future Features service, contact the Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935.
Hi-ho! Hi-ho! It’s Off to Work We Go
Teleworking is a win-win situation in Fairfax County.
“Teleworking is a good thing for the county,” said County Executive Anthony H. Griffin recently as he was reviewing the progress in the county’s teleworking program. “It supports the county objective of high performance while helping to alleviate some environmental concerns the county faces. Tele-working is proving to be a win-win situation for employees and the county.”
No other municipal government is promoting teleworking like Fairfax County, which is a leader in the region. Increased use of teleworking is strongly endorsed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and is a goal of Chairman Gerald Connolly who sees this nationally-accepted work concept as helping to improve the region’s air quality. The fewer cars that are on the roads, the less air pollution there will be.
According to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government’s definition, teleworking, also known as telecommuting, means using information technology and telecommunications to replace work-related travel. Simply put, it means working at home or closer to home. With teleworking, employees work at home or perhaps at a local telework center, such as Access Fairfax in the South County Center, one or more days per week. Communication is accomplished by phone, fax, computer and teleconferencing. Nationwide, more than 20 million workers are going to work by picking up the phone or turning on their computers.
Teleworking has an extra benefit in that it can provide a “continuity of operation” by having a cadre of employees capable of operating from remote locations in the event of an emergency. “Continuity of operations may be one of the most important benefits of teleworking,” said Cathy Chianese, assistant to the county executive. The Office of the County Executive has taken on the responsibility of directing the county’s growing interest in teleworking and coordinating the efforts of the Departments of Human Resources and Information Technology, and others who are committed to this program.
As of the middle of May, 738 employees have signed up for teleworking. The county is fast approaching its goal of 1,000 teleworkers in 2005 – a goal that can have positive benefits to all participants.
For more information, call The Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935.
Take a Walk Into History
Electoral Board Donates Two Voting Machines to Smithsonian Museum
News travels fast these days. When the Board of Supervisors approved the purchase of new voting machines for Fairfax County, Maggi Luca, secretary of the Fairfax County Electoral Board, received a call from the Smithsonian Museum of American History requesting two voting machines from the county. One of these machines is included in the museum’s permanent collection and the other is currently on display in the exhibit “Vote! The Machinery of Democracy,” open through Jan. 20, 2005.
The Shouptronic voting machine, used in Fairfax County from 1988 through 2002, preceded the fully electronic touch-screen voting machines currently in use. Fairfax County was among the first jurisdictions in the United States to use this type of equipment, having 850 of the machines that weigh 200 pounds.
With the rapidly increasing population and registered voters in Fairfax
County, the need for more voting machines became evident, resulting in
the purchase of new voting machines and the discontinued use of the
Shouptronic voting machine. The new voting machines are fully ADA
compliant and weigh only 10 pounds, enabling them to be taken to an
individual unable to enter the polling place.
The Smithsonian Museum of American History is located at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C., and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., except Dec. 25. For more information, visit the museum's Web site at http://americanhistory.si.edu or call 202-633-1000, TTY 357-1729.
For more information, contact Maggi Luca at the Electoral Board at 703-324-4735, TTY 711.
In Addition …
The Board of Supervisors invites residents to a Remembrance Ceremony, Saturday, Sept. 11, 7 p.m., beginning in the forum of the Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, and proceeding to the Memorial Grove Garden (weather permitting). For more information, contact the Office of Public Affairs, 703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935.