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Inside the Biden White House's aggressive back-to-office push

White House Chief of Staff Jeff Zients, facing huge numbers of federal workers who aren't coming to the office, is privately pushing Cabinet secretaries to break their staffs' stubborn work-from-home habits.

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Inside the Biden White House's aggressive back-to-office push
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    The big picture

    Last week, Zients hosted lunches for two separate groups of Cabinet secretaries, where the importance of in-person work was again discussed, among other issues.

    Scoop: Inside the Biden White House's aggressive back-to-office push

    Scoop: Inside the Biden White House's aggressive back-to-office push

    Only about half of Cabinet agencies have achieved the White House's goals for returning to offices by January, according to an administration official. Zients wants to inject more urgency into the effort.

    Between the lines

    Following up on his Cabinet-wide memo this summer, Zients has been calling agency heads this week to press them on how much progress they have made.

    Go deeper

    The work-from-home revolution is most entrenched in big cities with large concentrations of office buildings, and downtown economies that survived because of those office buildings being full.

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