PA Launches Pilot Program for Commonwealth Employees, Opens New Flexible Office Space in Rachel Carson Building

Governor Josh Shapiro joined Department of General Services Secretary Reggie McNeil and Office of Administration Secretary Neil Weaver to open a newly designed, flexible office space for teleworkers in the Rachel Carson Building and launch the Commonwealth’s first multi-agency hoteling pilot program.

The hoteling program offers remote workers the option of reserving desks, privacy rooms, and collaborative spaces in the 3,700-square-foot first-floor space.

“We are pleased to have worked with OA to introduce the hoteling pilot program that aligns directly with our goal to support state workers and better serve Pennsylvanians by maximizing the use of Commonwealth office space,” said DGS Secretary Reggie McNeil. “This hoteling pilot represents a progressive approach to modernizing state government workplaces, fostering flexibility, efficiency, and employees’ well-being.”

As DGS and OA continue to evaluate the use of existing Commonwealth office space, the hoteling site in the Rachel Carson Building, home to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), had available space, and is close to the train and bus station, the Capitol Complex, and other downtown amenities.

“We want our employees to have access to the tools and resources they need to do their best work, whether they are working remotely or in the office. The new shared space at the Rachel Carson building will make it easier for remote workers to come into the office for meetings and collaboration,” said OA Secretary Neil Weaver.

Approximately 25 percent of Commonwealth employees work remotely on a full-time or hybrid schedule. In January, the Office of Administration began to require all full-time teleworkers – approximately 7,600 employees statewide – to report onsite a minimum of one day per month. In addition, approximately 2,300 senior managers, Governor’s Office staff, and cabinet members have reported to the office in-person at least three days per week since March 2023.