Department of Health and Human Services

More Telecommuting

Instead of allowing Managers to hold back telecommuting (and they are) it needs to be expanded. New language needs to come down from the department level saying to use it as much as possible and enforce it. The President and previous President has signed off on this as has Congress but it's not getting down to the worker bees. If your position is the type where a large percentage is done on the computer or phone... more »

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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 the Interior

Telecommuting: Benefits the government, the employee, and the enviroment.

Employees whose work does not actually require their physical presence be allowed to telecommute from home. Saves on pollution emissions. Doing everything electronic saves on paper waste, and cost of paper and printers. Working from home the employee pays for the electricity required to run computer instead of government. Employee being at home will also save the government costs of water treatment, and waste water treatment... more »

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Legislative Branch

Active use and promotion of Flex time, telecommuting and other time.work options

Press the federal agencies to actually allow employee use of the flex time options that are 'on the books' but too often individual management determine they do not want to employ in their divisions My boss is great and does her best to meet the requests of employees, but I have countless collegues who are not 'allowed' to access time/work options. If an employee has proven to be professional, productive, performance... more »

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US Agency for International Development

Twenty-first Century Job-sharing

Job-sharing - Promote it! Have HR and technical management work together to help parties create these teams. There are many near-retirees, juggling parents, colleagues strapped with elder-care, persons who want or need to live outside of the region, etc. that would sign up for job-sharing. A number of federal employees stay on the job because they don't want to lose health and retirement benefits but are frazzled.... more »

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Department of Commerce

Improving Remote Government Access saving office space and money

This proposal to help all government agencies do their job better and save money is to use a new technology implemented by Check Point on an encrypted usb flash drive that enables a system admin person, a telecommuter, or a support person activated under certain types of contingencies to access their government agency firewall using a secure virtual desktop on their own personal PC or notebook computer with 2-factor FIPS... more »

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Department of the Treasury

Combine Requests for Information to our Customers: i.e. Return Census and Tax Forms Together

The same information is often requested from multiple agencies (name, address, dependents, and income). Where possible combine forms across agencies to consolidate the requests we make of our customers. Immediate benefits will include: • Consolidate requests to our customers (in 2010 we submitted our tax and census requests within weeks of each other) • Reduce duplicate envelope cost, a more “green” approach •... more »

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General Services Administration

Train Locally – Use Existing FEB Training in 28 Locations Across U.S.

Large cost savings could be gained if federal leaders were encouraged to train their employees in the cities they work. Approximately 88% of the Federal Workforce is located outside of Washington D.C. This is better for the environment and will save the federal government in travel and per diem costs. Federal training already exists in 28 large cities through the Federal Executive Boards (www.Feb.Gov). FEB sponsored... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Mandated Telecommuting

Mandate Telecommuting and reduce in-office workdays for federal employees in metropolitan areas. Most agency policies allow but do not encourage or mandate use of this energy saving and pollution prevention practice. If an average federal employee tarvels 15 miles each dircetion to work a mandated 2 days per week telecommuting policy would eliminate and estimated 3000 miles of cummuting annually reducing carbon emissions... more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Require Telework on Snow Days

Require Telework on Snow Days. Any Federal employee who telecommutes should be required, unless directed otherwise by management, to telework on days the office is closed for snow (or any other reason), and also automatically allowed to telecommute if there is a delayed opening or liberal leave policy in place, provided the employee properly planned for it.

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Department of Homeland Security

Telecommuting reduces transit subsidy cost and overhead costs

I suggest you further support teleworking. Many agencies, including FEMA, provide transportation subsidies for commuting to the office. When teleworking the commute costs are eliminated and there are no transit subsidy costs. Even if an employee telecommutes 2 days a week the commute costs is reduced. Additionaly, overhead costs associated with workspace can be minimized if there are less people reporting to an office.... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Results Only Work Environment

Implement the program being piloted in OPM in every feasible agency and OPDIV. We already have the tools to do it. The performance monitoring matrices have been developed and implemented. Results Only Work Environment (ROWE) is practical for most if not all office based positions and has increased productivity and reduced cost effectively in the private sector for years. It has also allowed companies to recruit and... more »

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US Agency for International Development

Office Square Footage Reduction in Federal Government

To promote cost efficiencies in working with the federal government, it is wise to create a model of efficient land use and city planning related to the massive square footage federal agencies require for large buildings. While cloud computing, server consolidation and off-site storage of servers, is a method for arriving at less square footage requirements for office space, the federal government does not use efficient... more »

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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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