General Services Administration

Summer Business Casual Dress Code = Less A/C

Why are federal employees expected to wear suits and ties during summer? The summer dress code for all federal workers should be changed to business casual [including golf shirts] and the ambient indoor temperature of federal office buildings should be increased 5 degrees. Employees will be more comfortable at work and commuting on mass transit, no more complaints about overly air conditioned offices, and the government will be saving money on electricity while reducing its total carbon footprint! Many businesses already offer year-round business casual dress codes and the government's lead toward a sensible summer dress code could reduce national energy consumption by hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Idea No. 139