Lack of integrated technical visibility into the development and implementation of the FAA Safety Management System (SMS) risks its success and its ability meeting expectations. Mindful review of technical expectations and progress on assumptions of each element of the program is in urgent need. The cost of correcting any major technical flaws discovered at later times would be unrecoverable. Major areas of concern:... more »
Department of Transportation
The much advertised high speed rail system, advanced by this administration as a key to the economic recovery of this nation, should be eliminated. High speed rail funds for rail lines in Florida and Wisconsin were turned away by their respective governors for a variety of reasons, including the long term financial costs that those states do not want to bear to operate unnecessary, politically motivated rail systems.... more »
The FAA technicians make several trips each year to their sites to perform preventative (PM) and corrective maintenance (CM). These sites are located anywhere from very close to several hours away from the maintenance office. Currently the PM's are scheduled in intervals that give the technician a certain window of time to perform the maintenance. If a tech is at a site for one reason and the PM is not open, the tech... more »
Safety Edge is a pavement edge treatment for new or repaving projects that taper the edge making roadways recoverable in the event of a run-off-road crash. Most fatal & serious injury crashes occur on rural roadways, a majority of which are owned by local jurisdictions. Providing a quick, easy way for local agencies to implement Safety Edge into paving projects will not only reduce construction costs, but also in the... more »
• Re-negotiate the GovTrip business so we don’t shell out $15 for every travel voucher. • Go back to actual expenses for MIE rather than the outrageous $71 in Chicago that goes directly into most people’s pockets. • Eliminate the Resource Center, instead put all these people under HQ with ADLs • Eliminate the Metro Satellite offices like Chicago, Philly, NY, etc. With all the teleworking, not sure these are entirely... more »
Utilize sound barrier walls for Solar panel installations. Could be tied in with rest stops. Solar panels could power lighting, air intakes for idling trucks, even electric car charging stations. -- IDEA ORIGINALLY SUBMITTED BY GLENN ELLIOTT, FHWA, DOT (860-659-6703 X3005)
I have an idea, but it's more internal to DOT than a direct savings to the public; it's more of an indirect cost savings. I believe a study needs to be done to see if there is still a need for a DOT library here in HDQ. The few times I have been to the library, I seem to be the only person in there with no other customers. Many of the journals and publications on the shelves can now be accessed on-line, and I wonder... more »
“I have proposed an idea to OST/ITSS services to reduce cost in providing low end computers without degrading capabilities to clerical and contractor staff. Currently DOT pays about $1,600.00 per laptop and about $1,000.00 per desktop. My proposed plan is to purchase a laptop for $900.00, thus saving $700.00 per laptop and $1,000.00 per desktop. OST is in the process of purchasing the laptop I have configured for this... more »
Adopt the Army’s Military District of Washington Hiring program. It cuts, in their pilot program, the federal hiring process from 190 days to 85 days on average. How do we measure the savings? By saving 3 months of time, that equates to 3 months of salary used for some other purpose within the organization rather than on a new hire. It also increases efficiency in the office by freeing up workload from others who... more »
Cost savings could be realized throughout the government with this suggestion. Certain applications, such as MS Windows and the Office suite of programs are considered standard, and as such the government benefits from being able to purchase licenses for large quantities of software at once. I recognize that there are specialized pieces of software (graphic design, video editing, engineering analysis, economic/statistical... more »
In the private sector, it was common to require employees to enter employee codes and/or project codes to use printers and copiers. The Volpe Center (and DOT HQ, to my knowledge) does not have similar requirements. Thus, despite efforts to “green” the office, printing waste is common. Adding a “code” requirement to printing would help improve accountability – not only to require individuals to think twice about our... more »
In many cases, holding a meeting via video-conference is an inexpensive and effective alternative to travel. The Volpe Center and other DOT offices have professional videoconferencing equipment or equipped conference rooms available upon formal request. The existing equipment is useful and effective, but it often requires substantial effort to request, set-up, operate, and use. Many employees are unaware of the options... more »
Everything the FAA ships is FEDEX. I can't even imagine the billions of dollars we pay to them for shipping packages.
Log the amount of time an office spends on internet sites that don't end in .gov and at the end of each month send the results to the manager. The managers will be informed about how many hours are wasted on craigslist, ebay, and facebook.
The agency should invest in service contracts for multifunction network printers, especially. It's a huge waste of money to replace a printer every time we can't place a service request for a technician to address something simple as black markings on print copies.