Social Security Administration

Suspend Flextime--save on energy cost

Social Security offices are reducing public hours, but we could save far more money by suspending or at least shortening the flexible band. For example, my office is open (paying utilities and rent for 20,000 square foot space) from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, although only about 10 of our 40 employees come in at 6:30, and at most 3 or 4 stay until 6. We are open to the public from 8-4:30, so I suggest that employee hours should be similar.

 

In the SSA District Offices, utilities are paid from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., but beginning August 15th we are only open to the public from 9-3:30. Employee hours should reflect this as well: 8-4:30 gives time for training/meetings before opening to the public, and enough time to complete late interviews without overtime use.

 

Having all employees on site for the entire shift is much more efficient for management and public service, and reducing the utilities used saves money and the environment. Reduced hours should lower utility costs by at least 20%--a considerable sum since we have over 1300 offices not including Regional and Headquarters locations.

 

I realize that flextime is a contractual provision, but it can be suspended for exigency of business and if this budget crisis is not exigency I don't know what is!

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