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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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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Kill Zero based Budgeting

Stop the pratice of ZERO based budgeting. As the end of each fiscal year approaches, there is a mad dash to spend down the remaining budget. This is done for the sake of spending in a crazy effort to protect next years budget allotment. Figure out a new way of budgenting that will elminate the end of year spend-a-thon. There is the immediate waste of money but there are also unintended consequences. When you buy durable ...more »

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Solar Street Lights

I think that if every streetlight on federal highways, roads and installations should run primarily on a solar cell that charges by day and can run for 14 hours, per charge. Then, there would be no need to have them on the power grid, which will limit the amount of energy constraints on the system. This will lower the cost of production of energy and help distribute it to other places.

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Modify Traffic Light Control Systems in order to Save Energy

Retrofit the traffic light systems across the country to maximize fuel efficiency. Computers, using cameras and other sensors should calculate the energy cost of throwing a red light in front of 100 full dump trucks doing 55 mph in order to give a prompt green light to a single VW bug at an intersection. Until this is done the government will never convince me that it is sincere about conserving energy. (Of course ...more »

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Expanded Teleworking

I suggest that the DOT mandate more teleworking. Currently, the DOT only gives lipservice to the teleworking program. Many of its Senior Leaders still have the attitude that “if I can't see the employee working, he or she must be "goofing off". In actuality, the quantity and quality of work performed while teleworking is greater than the quality and quantity of work performed at the employee's "traditional place of ...more »

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Making America Great

Making America Great is an idea that will reduce highway and airport congestion, create jobs, and improve our economy by using an inter modal transportation system for travel from city center to city center. Our current economic down turn is not very impressive and America is falling behind other countries in the field of aviation and transportation systems. In general people want to travel to city centers but don’t ...more »

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Organizations Must Justify NOT Granting Telework for Non-Operational Positions

I suggest a mandatory business case to justify all decisions to DISALLOW telework for non-operational positions as part of any new real estate acquisition involving non-operational personnel. This will force agencies to evaluate positions so that the government only procures the amount of office space it actually needs to fulfill mission requirements. Additionally, increased work performance should result because management ...more »

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Transit Benefits for Bikes

Commuters should be able to receive transit benefits for bikes in lieu of Metro benefits. These could go towards bike maintenance, or to pay for bike storage lockers at Metro stations. At just $0.55/day for a bike locker, this is a third of what I currently receive to take a bus instead. By encouraging commuters to bike, and making it easier to do so, savings could be realized not just in less SmartBenefits being paid ...more »

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Health and wellness

I think the federal government should allow, or mandate at least 30 to an hour some sort of exercise during work hours. This will improve ergonomic issues; less workers compensation related to poor behind desk posture, which lead to less leave time, as a result, it will increase productivity. In the private industry, some companies have implemented a program that gives employees 30 minutes to 1 hour exercise time. The ...more »

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Video Conferencing - Reduce Travel/Increase Productivity

I suggest we do more Video Conferencing Government wide. The benefits are multifaceted. It will provide more seating capacity for the public, reduces fuel emissions in the air, and provides a better work-life experience by allowing families to spend more time together. Here at the FAA we are saving millions of tax-payer dollars by doing Video Conferencing. It allows employees to be more productive (not spending time traveling). ...more »

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