Department of Veterans Affairs

A money saving idea that worked!

I worked at the state level for a county who was in crisis. They furloughed the employess 5 hours a week, same benefits just paif 5 hours less per week, we had to fill out a sheet/email and sent it to our supervisor decided which 5 hours we would be gone, the 5 hours per week (10 per pay period) had to be used within that pay period. We communicated with coworkers and worked out who would be gone when, after 6 months... more »

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Department of Justice

offer VOLUNTARY furlough days

Allow staff to opt for taking days off without pay, up to a predetermined maximum number of days per year and subject to supervisor's advance approval. Furlough days would be taken volitionally (NOT mandatorily). Virtually all of my federal colleagues have expressed support for a measure like this, and have indicated that they would take advantage of this option if it were offered. Many of us would readily forfeit a few... more »

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Social Security Administration

Convert to a 9 hour 4 day work week

Have all Federal, state and local agencies including schools should convert to a 9 hour, four day work week and everyone has Friday‚Äôs off. This benefits, the environment, the worker and the government. It worked in Utah. Reasons: everyone will conserve oil on transportation to& from work and on government vehicles, less traffic and potential accidents, road and vehicle maintenance would be reduced, reduce pollutants... more »

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Department of the Treasury

Furlough and Performance

When considering a furlough of government employees, those whose latest performance evaluation reflects anything lower than "satisfactory" should be the first to be considered. Unfortunately, the government has enough non-performing employees who are not adding any value anyway.

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Department of the Interior

overtime

Why are we paying staff overtime for events and functions? They should leave work early one or two days that week so they when working at the event they will not go over 40 hours. It means a reduction in their primary job responsibilities, but aren't we responsible to cut spending? Overtime shouldn't be a right, and only given when neccesary.

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Legislative Branch

Essential personel days

If essential personel are used in fiscal crisises, why not build days for essential personel only into the calendar? Nonessentials could get unpaid time off and essentials could practice running with a skeleton crew. We should tag certain jobs as essential and other nonessential so new hires could gauge furlough risk.

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Department of Education

Launch a Government-wide Voluntary Furlough Program

Allow Federal employees to take Leave Without Pay (LWOP) for up to two weeks annually for vacation, family needs, medical, inclement weather. Employees could use the furlough days in one week increments or use a day or two on an as-needed basis throughout the year. Agency Personnal Offices would use a special code that would be used for this leave option so that actual savings can be tracked. Even though employees can... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Encourage using Optional Leave Without Pay

Government employees who accrue less amount of leave (such as 4 hours per pay period) would welcome an optional furlough during slow quiet season such as Christmas Holiday or Summer Vacation, to be able to take an optional leave without pay, as an option to be able to spend time with family. We should encourage supervisors and managers to make this type of leave available to their staff, and advise them that there should... more »

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Social Security Administration

Optional Unpaid Leave (OUL)

Federal agencies should allow employees to take a limited amount of unpaid leave each year. This would save the federal government money and provide employees with the option of additional leave each year. This gives employees the option of taking additional leave while allowing them to carry over annual leave into the next year. Many employees prefer to keep a bank of leave for emergencies but still desire extra time... more »

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