In March, the Agriculture Department announced that it was severely restricting its telework program, reducing the amount of time employees can work remotely from four days a week to one, or two per pay period. The policy change reportedly came after Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue was unable to find an employee in the office on a day that person was telecommuting.I've some sympathy with Perdue. He's likely had little to no experience with telecommuting (not that I have any, having retired before it was really approved) and it could have been a shock the first time you try to find someone who's at home, working.
I found this anonymous report from inside USDA which provides an employee view of the importance of telecommuting, but disappointly has no juicy gossip about the inciting incident.
The real point is something Perdue as a politician should know--it's never easy to take a benefit from a taxpayer or an employee.