Campaign: Social Security Administration

Extend the Thanksgiving Holiday to include the Friday After for ALL Federal Employees: Could save at least $600 million

I suggest you...make the day after Thanksgiving a federal holiday for all federal employees. Including the Friday after Thanksgiving, as part of the Thanksgiving holiday, will reduce the amount of money spent for utilities, guard services, janitorial and other support services. Some federal government entities provide services directly to the public and usually work with a "skeleton crew" the day after Thanksgiving. ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Transportation

More telework to save energy, improve productivity, health and safety.

I suggest that all federal agencies encourage telecommuting, at least one additional day per week. That will save at least 20% vehicle fuel consumption, reduce traffic conjestion in the greater D.C. area, and at the same time improve productivity, personnel health and safety.

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Campaign: Department of the Treasury

Require Agency to Implement TeleWork Policy For All Eligible Positions

Increase the number of people working from home by requiring that agencies implement, support, and enforce their policies and allow ALL individuals in positions which have been identified as eligible to work remotely to work from home. Use the pay periods as measures and set up a schedule where half the office works from home on Monday/Wednesday/Friday of the first week and Tuesday and Thursday of the second week and ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Homeland Security

BALANCING LIFE AND THE MISSION: COMPRESSED SCHEDULING IN LAW ENFORCEMENT

Over the past few decades, many state and municipal law enforcement departments across the country have studied the advantages and disadvantages of implementing a compressed work schedule (CWS) for their uniformed officers and agents. “Lateral thinking,” coined by Edward de Bono (1970) is a set of approaches and techniques designed to find radically new approaches to problems - to come at them from the side rather than ...more »

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Campaign: Environmental Protection Agency

Telework for Government employees on code-red/code-orange air quality days

Government employees should be encouraged to work from home on code red air quality days. This will decrease the amount of pollution emitted, it would decrease overhead costs for the government, and it would protect human health by keeping employees from breathing the poor air quality. This could, in turn, reduce the number of doctor/hospital visits for people who are sensitive to the pollution, which would then save ...more »

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Campaign: Judicial Branch

Prisoners Grow Their Own Food

Prisoner self-provisioning, whether in govern run or privately operated facilities, require prisoners to grow and produce their own food. It is much cheaper for taxpayers to provide the "starts" for growing their own sustanance. In growing and providing for their own sustanence, we are also educating and training them in job skills. Reduces costs for support of prisons and prisoners. Increases job skills of prisoners ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Agriculture

Shortened Work Week

The government currently operates on the same 40 hour work that was established in 1916. Since that time technology has increased exponentially and with it employee productivity. A recent study showed that employees spend an average of 2 hours per day in non-work related activities ie surfing net, personal calls, etc. Author David Roberts writes that “France, with a 35-hour workweek, creates a greater gross domestic product ...more »

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Campaign: Legislative Branch

Strongly encourage all Federal Prisons to grow their own produce and compost the excess waste.

There are many federal prisons that have enough space to effectively grow enough vegetation to reduce the amount of produce purchased from outside sources. This would also help the environment by decreasing the amount of fuel used to ship and transport produce purchased on a weekly basis. The compost would be an asset to the earth and help to replenish and stabilize nutrients within the ground. The consumption of ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Veterans Affairs

You ARE what you eat!

2/3 of Americans are overweight or obese and the estimated cost of obesity is $147 billion per year. Poor diet and lack of activity are the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States, and gaining on smoking (number 1 killer). Clearly, our food environment is not conducive to health and costing a fortune. The default food choices in most government agencies are direct contributors to poor diets. Up ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Defense

3 HOURS GRANTED PER WEEK - CIVILIAN FITNESS PROGRAM - HEALTH AND WELLNESS

I would like to encourage the DoD, and all agencies under OPM to expand its emphasis on improving and encouraging health and wellness plans within agencies. The use of DoD and OPM directives to make broad statements about general health and wellness programs does not encourage agencies to think ‘outside of the box.’ My recommendation would be to create a ‘toolkit’ of programs that individual agencies could use, with OPM ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Health and Human Services

Stop Buying Bottled Water and BYOC Instead!

Tap water is just as healthy as bottled water and, in fact, is more strictly regulated. There is no need to waste money on buying bottled water. San Francisco has banned bottled water and it is estimated that it will save $500,000. Buying bottled water also destroys our environment. 38 billion PET bottles are not recycled annually. If everyone were to bring their own cup (BYOC) to work, government dollars would never ...more »

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Campaign: Legislative Branch

Escape from 1948: Shorten the Work Week

Take advantage of technological advances to reduce the modern work week by 25%. Employees who work 6 hour days are more efficient and equally productive as those who work 8, and they use 25% less electricity at the office. Employees with 10 extra hours per week have more time to get exercise, reducing future health care costs and sick days used. Employees with more free time at home have more time to spend disposable ...more »

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