Are You Texting? Wait a Minute…
President Obama has prohibited federal employees from texting while they drive, but the ban may not stop there: federal agencies will now be “encouraging” their recipients and subrecipients to also ban employee texting while on government (or company) business or in government vehicles.
The Executive Order, issued October 2, prohibits federal employees from text messaging while driving on official government business or while in government-owned vehicles. It also directs federal agencies to consider adopting education and awareness activities about the dangers of texting while driving.
But agencies now must also “to the extent authorized by applicable statutory authority” encourage recipients and subrecipients to adopt similar text messaging bans and to begin their own outreach and prevention activities.
I’m not sure how this will play out – or if we’ll see any impact at all on federal grants – but it will be interesting to watch.