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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Department of Homeland Security

PRUNING THE WORKFORCE-Eliminate MRA...allow 30 and out like Military

Like any robust thriving plant, the government workforce needs a pruning. Recommend providing 3-5 years additional time to employees tenure who have reached 30 years service but are still short of Minimum Retirement Age (MRA). If an employee accepts the added time which puts them at MRA and 30 years service, they must execute retirement option within 6 months. This would allow a new generation, in particular the war veterans, ...more »

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International Assistance Programs

Reducing Transaction Costs of "Whole of Government" approach

The White House should find more efficient ways to improve interagency collaboration. For example, we could save millions of taxpayer dollars if the White House provided a clear mandate for each agency. The current approach of the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator for instance blurs the lines between and creates huge transaction costs to coordinate different agencies. Development agencies need clear instructions to ...more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Health Care Cost Savings for taxpayers, agencies, and employees

Enroll all employees into the VA Health Care System, except for persons whose residence is geographically challenged to travel to a VA Medical Center. Those persons would remain covered by FEHB. Then, a portion of the projected savings from individual agencies' health insurance benefit costs could be redirected to the VA to enhance its services, where needed, for both our veterans and government employees. It would save ...more »

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US Agency for International Development

close the gap on temperatures in metro and public buildings

Turn down the AC in metro cars and office buildings to decrease the gap in outside and inside temperatures. People dress for the temps of the season, then ride on metro and sit in their location of employment all day wrapped in ratty sweaters and bundled in shawls. Productivity goes down when employees are physically uncomfortable, as well as creates negative impacts in health and morale. In addition, outside guests ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Have a window? Turn off the light!

Last summer, my building had some sort of energy glitch wherein the most of the lights in spaces with windows were shut off. Many people remarked how they actually LIKED it! it was easier on the eyes -- it allowed the soft, natural light to come in and be present, abscent of the overpowering, harsh florescent lighting. Also noted was a change in personalities of co-workers -- more peaceful, happy, less agressive and ...more »

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Executive Office of the President

New Branch

Rather have each department trying to implement their own version of 29 CFR 1960, have one Oversight Branch that provides Safety and health of all Branches. Similar to OSHA, they would be autonomous and free of influences of the branches.

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US Agency for International Development

Please save our eyes! Replace our tiny computer screens

Pay respect and attention to the critical eye health of employees. Most of us in my federal agency are working 8-10 hr days on tiny computer screens. The extra investment into large screens per user will be paid back in a short time cycle based on increased productivity, efficiency, less time downdue to eye strain and headaches, improved morale, etc.

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Department of Health and Human Services

Healthy Refreshments

Discontinue the practice of serving sodas and junk food at official functions, e.g., picnics, receptions, etc. Serve only healthy, nutritional foods and beverages. This will reduce healthcare costs, illness and sick leave. It will also enhance productivity and encourage healthful living.

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Department of Labor

Support Healthy Lifestyle Choices

More and more studies have shown that healthy employees are productive employees, yet with the amount of time we spend working, commuting, family, etc. many Feds have limited time to devote to wellness activities and fitness. In the military, working out three times a week (during duty hours) is encouraged and often enforced by many unit commanders. Allot time during the regular workday to allow employees to go to that ...more »

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Department of Labor

Employee Wellness Programs (on-site)

The "obesity epidemic" is a large-scale problem in America, and the Government could be doing more internally to combat this problem. Instituting an employee wellness program can offer healthy lifestyle choices to Feds and provide educational opportunities as well as the ability to exercise during working hours. To avoid the possibility of employees abusing the program to take extended lunch breaks, a "passport" type ...more »

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General Services Administration

Encourage Healthy Diets

Diet related illnesses among federal employees cost the government billions in healthcare expenses and lost productivity, yet federal workplaces actively enable poor dietary choices with junk-filled vending machines and unhealthy cafeteria offerings.

 

Efforts to limit junk food availability in schools have shown positive results. Similar measures should be adopted for the federal workplace.

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Department of Health and Human Services

DHHS/CMS Provider Quality Forums

CMS hosts provider quality forums where provider groups that excel in certain areas (geographical or specialty) and have excellent patient outcomes present best practices at national quality forums. All provider groups are welcome to attend, however, the focus should be on those provider groups who may be struggling in a given area. Ideas for forum subject matter can be submitted by agency employees who see a need for ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Physician

Military dependent child medical care - make use of the great pediatric subspecialty medical resources that the military has. Stress the importance of moving families of children with complicated medical problems like cancer to sites of military treatment facilities that can provide full-service treatment with truly personalized care and aid in the unique issues of the military family. A child with leukemia requires ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Start Recycling Styrofoam

Here at the CDC we have recently acquired a Styrocycler that compresses expanded polystyrene foam (EPS) packaging (commonly known as Styrofoamâ„¢) into blocks that are 2% of the size of its previous volume. The blocks are then recycled by a vendor to create new EPS products, resulting in a closed loop material cycle. It’s great because it keeps all the Styrofoam out of our dumpsters and landfills. It saves plenty of money ...more »

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