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A bill introduced to Congress would require all federal agencies to bring their employees back to the office, an initiative supported by the Real Estate Roundtable

House Bill Would Require All Federal Employees to Return to the Office

Legislation introduced in the U.S. House last week would require all federal agencies to revert to pre-pandemic office arrangements and give employees 30 days to return to their offices. If enacted, the bill would also require the Biden administration to provide Congress with a plan to mitigate the negative impacts of remote work and report on agencies’ plans for federal property leases. 

The Stopping Home Office Work’s Unproductive Problems (SHOW UP) Act, introduced by House Committee on Oversight and Accountability Chairman James Comer (R-KY), reflects the views recently expressed by The Real Estate Roundtable to President Joe Biden about the importance of getting more federal workers back to the workplace. 

The Dec. 12, 2022 letter from Roundtable Chair John Fish and president & CEO Jeff DeBoer urged the administration to consider the consequences of federal agencies’ promotion of permanent remote work and how it magnifies economic impacts on cities, local tax bases and small businesses


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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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