GAO – Telecommuters Internet Connection Reimbursable

According to a Federal Computer Week article the GAO has approved a request by the US Patent and Trademark Office that it be allowed to pay high-speed Internet access for patent and trademark teleworkers.
The ability to telecommute itself is a benefit. Now these highly paid workers want the Government to pay for their internet connection too?
What’s kind of funny is that although the GAO is allowing the PTO to pay for the access, they cannot pay for any hardware costs. That encourages the employee to connect directly to the internet, rather than implementing a NAT router.