Encourage agencies to hire employees within a certain radius of the physical work location. This could reduce the need for employee transit benefits, allow employees to shorten their overall day (work hours + commute hours), and it would help the traffic congestion, Metro over-crowding, and the environment.
Contractors avoid using public transportation to get to Federal buildings because IRS rules let them get reimbursed for underground parking but not for bus or subway fares. Huge costs to taxpayers, more pollution and dependence on foreign oil.
De-centralize government...relocate away from Washington DC. Some agencies have begun to do this already. New regional city hubs could be born, and cities such as Atlanta and Detroit could use the boost to their economy. In the decentralization plan, employ all of the telework, electronic signature, and waste-management components offered in this forum. Borrow planners of the New York and DC Metro to strategize movement ...more »
My idea is to eliminate the initial in-person pickup at DoT for Smart Benefits travel subsidy. Currently, new program participants and interns must pick up their subsidy in person at the Department of Transportation building at Navy Yards during regular business hours. In my case, that meant leaving work for an hour and a half to take a bus and then metro from one side of the city to the other in order to pick up a ...more »
I often hear of the money wasted with METRO subsidies in the DC area. The form to request the subsidy is cumbersome and the approval process is no where near is detailed as it should be. There needs to be a system of checks and balances. Perhaps instead of using normal METRO cards that you add the subsidy dollars amount to, you are issued government METRO cards which monitor your usage and your balance thereby not allowing ...more »
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 »