Department of Veterans Affairs

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More Agressive Telework

If we telework at least 3 days out the week in a rotation. The Department of VA wouldn't have to spend so much on office space and/or parking. There would only be a certain amount of employee's on site at any given time.

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Department of Agriculture

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Driving Telework to Reduce Transit Subsidies

Each year the Department of Agriculture (USDA) funds approximately 17 million dollars in transit subsidies for its employees across the country to encourage the use of mass transit for commuting purposes in order to reduce traffic congestion, dangerous greenhouse emissions and pollutants. Since the beginning of Fiscal Year 2011, USDA has programmed an average of $1.3 million dollars per month for transit fare alone ...more »

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Executive Office of the President

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Enforce the Telework Mandate

By enforcing (really enforcing) telework for non-essential, eligible, and related personnel, the Government will save tremendously on the abundance of unused space, parking, transportation, electricity, fuel consumption, security, etc. We desperately need to ENFORCE this mandate which has the potential to cut costs significantly. Too many "old school" government personnel are inhibiting our advancement for a desire ...more »

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General Services Administration

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Scheduled Telework Days

Thousands of government employees are now performing their duties via teleworking. The benefit to workers has been great, both qualitatively and quantitatively. Now it's time for the government to maximize it's benefit. I suggest having "set" weekly, bi-weekly or monthly telework days. This would allow building lighting and heating / cooling loads to be reduced to non-occupied levels. The direct energy savings to the ...more »

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Legislative Branch

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Tie Office Space to Telework

Require agencies to justify square footage use of space per employee when they renew a lease or request a new building and they must tie that information to telework options for employees. If an agency indicates that telework is not an option or only a nominal option, it can't just have all the space it requests unless there are compelling reasons (and I mean compelling) for the failure to implement a teleworking program ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

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Faxes to Email

To save paper and allow us to work most efficiently, we could install software that would permit faxes to be sent directly to our e-mails. Foremost, this would facilitate the President's telework initiative as it would permit the receipt of faxes through e-mail. This software would also save us from printing faxes into hard copy and allow us to have electronic versions of the documents that would permit us to store ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

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Cloud Technology to replace VPN maximize telework

Currently many employees can only access agency files via VPN connection, and then in a very limited manner, i.e., network drives are not available, items cannot be printed, etc. Furthermore, few systems, such as records management and case management systems are fully automated. Simultaneously, there is a government-wide push to move more business to telework environments. If we embraced a movement to cloud technology, ...more »

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Department of Defense

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Enforce Telework for Safety and Financial reasons

All work must be measured no matter where an employee works. There is so much waste with socializing in the government workforce sometimes I have to leave the noise and go to the cafeteria to answer my taskers. Teleworkers should not be held to a different standard than people who cost the government and the taxpayer money by consuming high rent buildings in the Wash DC area. You could save billions by closing most ...more »

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Legislative Branch

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Telework without boundaries

The President’s initiative on telework is a progressive step for the U.S. Government. However, the initiative, in its current form only succeeds in minimal reductions to administrative costs. Thus, telework procedures need to be taken to the next level. For those positions that can be performed entirely remotely, the employee should be given the flexibility to perform their duties from any geographic location. The savings ...more »

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Department of Defense

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Distributed Offices (Telework)

The federal government should take a proactive and strategic approach to managing office space, employees, and telework/telecommuting. By establishing stronger policies and performance metrics (such as percent of employees involved in and/or the percent of organizational work done via telework) to encourage and manage telework, the federal government could reduce the required amount of office space. Thereby reducing ...more »

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General Services Administration

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Digital (foot)Prints

Have IT set everyone's printing preferences to default to "print to PDF". It will automatically prompt individuals to save digital files to to their computer; people will have to make a conscious effort to physically print something. This effort will save on paper, ink and energy costs for printers. Also, hard copy files necessitate storage space. Less paper will allow for more compact workstations and less storage ...more »

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Department of Commerce

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Linux Laptops to Remote Desktop to Government Computers

At the USPTO, we have thousands of laptops issued to teleworkers to remote desktop into their systems at work (be it virtual machines or their actual desktops). Each of these laptops have to have licenses for Windows, Adobe Acrobat, etc., in addition to the licenses required for the systems located at the USPTO campus. Since all of our work is done on the remote desktop, it would make much more financial sense to use ...more »

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