Office of Personnel Management

Make Bicycle Commute Subsidy More Effective

Encourage fitness and decreased health costs by changing the Bicycle Commuter Act to allow payment of transit subsidy and the bike subsidy together so long as they don't exceed the transit subsidy. The either-or provision as the law is currently written prevents many employees from using it.

 

Require agencies to pay the new subsidy.

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Department of Health and Human Services

Reduce or Eliminate Executive Motor Pools!

Executive motor pools should be dramatically reduced or eliminated. Senior officials should use public transportation wherever possible, not government vehicles. The cost savings include less need for these: parking spaces, vehicle purchase, vehicle maintenance, personal drivers, and motor pool management. If public transportation is not available, they should conduct their business electronically, carpool, or use ...more »

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Reduce or Eliminate Executive Motor Pools!

Executive motor pools should be dramatically reduced or eliminated. Senior officials should use public transportation wherever possible, not government vehicles. The cost savings include less need for these: parking spaces, vehicle purchase, vehicle maintenance, personal drivers, and motor pool management. If public transportation is not available, they should conduct their business electronically, carpool, or use ...more »

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Department of Transportation

Government-Wide Carpool Locator

Implement a Government-wide carpool locator. This will reduce the number of people who drive alone and clog the roads.

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Legislative Branch

Parking Subsidy Encourages Environmental Destruction

Eliminate the parking subsidy and the pre-tax deduction for parking. This will dramatically reduce the number of people who drive to work, reduce the carbon footprint, reduce congestion, and encourage use of public transportation, carpooling, and telework.

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Department of Transportation

Government Shuttle Buses - Maximize Utilization

Allow the public to ride on Government shuttle buses for a fee. This will reduce congestion, increase public mobility, increase use of public transportation, increase convenience, raise revenue, and reduce the costs to taxpayers.

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Department of Transportation

Telecommute as much as possible...

Suggestion: Federal employees should telecommute whenever possible. Telecommuting reduces the amount of fuel (oil consumption) used not only by government employees but less fuel would be used by all commuters in many modes of transportation as less government employees would be on our nations highways. A lesser amount of fossil fuel used due to telecommuting would positively impact the United States balance of payments ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Reduce Government Vehicles

Reduce the number of government vehicles. This can be accomplished by prohibiting the use of government vehicles whenever mass transit is available. This will save the taxpayers from purchasing, renting, maintaining, and managing government vehicles.

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Department of Health and Human Services

Prohibit Bus Idling

Prohibit bus idling when buses are not traveling on the roads. Government shuttle buses routinely idle unnecessarily, wasting fuel, and causing noise and air pollution. This also causes health problems and increases health care and health insurance costs. As an example, I have observed the NIH and FDA shuttle buses idling in excess of 10 minutes.

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Department of Energy

Reduce Vehicular Miles Driven and Save

I suggest that all federal agencies be mandated to evaluate what vehicular travel is absolutely essential and what communication could be done through tele/web/video conferencing. Then track the total miles driven quartly and reward agencies for cutting their total driven miles. In this way, agencies can help combat climate change resulting from car emissions, save money through decreased gas and maintenance costs, and ...more »

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Department of Transportation

Teleworking Benefits to Reduce Transit Costs

Institute two Teleworking benefits, one for the employee (to subsidize cost of internet & electricity) and another for the agency (to incentivize savings in electricty, transit benefits, etc). Even a small token benefit would encourage and support more frequent teleworking, saving the Government millions in transit benefits and lost time in the event of a weather emergency.

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Office of Personnel Management

Control Transit Benefit Misuse and Waste

Better control transit benefits in the Washington, DC. area. Transit benefits are not supposed to be used for personal use or for parking. I believe if the government did a study in DC, they would find a significant portion of transit benefits are used inappropriately. I do not believe this is being done to defraud the government, but due to lack of knowledge on the part of federal employees and the fact that most ...more »

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