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Department of Transportation

Vanpool subsidy

Currently we subsidize employees who vanpool. I understand the philosophy of less congestion on the freeway, but the fact remains that these employees will vanpool regardless if the government subsidizes them or not. Think of it like going to the dentist, the government doesn't pay for dental insurance, but we will pay for cavities, crowns and other mouth related issues because it needs to happen.
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General Services Administration

Work Centers Located Throughout MD/VA/DC For Gov't Employees

The government should create “Federal Work Centers” that are non-agency-specific, located throughout Maryland, Virginia and DC. These government office buildings would provide work-spaces for the thousands of Federal employees who do not specifically need to work at their agency’s headquarters. Federal Work Centers would save money by enabling government employees to work at locations within 2 or 3 miles from their... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Limit Home-to-Work Vehicles

CBP, and perhaps DHS in general, provides home-to-work (HTW) vehicles for many top managers. The rationale for this is to enable managers to respond to emergency situations. In fact, few, if any, of these managers have ever been called upon to respond in an emergency. When issues have arisen outside their scheduled workday, most of these managers utilize technology (Blackberries, MobiKeys, etc.) to access critical... more »

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Department of Transportation

Implement a parking cashout program nationally

A cash benefit in lieu of free parking or other valuable transportation benefits should be offered. The Federal government owns a lot of property, and a lot of that property is devoted to car parking. The most efficient way to utilize that space is to have individuals recognize the cost of their actions on that space. By offering Federal employees and others who park at Federal facilities cash in lieu of "free" parking,... more »

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Department of Justice

Allow the work week to include all 7 days of the week.

At first blush this might seem counter productive in regard to heating, cooling, guards, etc. However if a cost analysis were undertaken it might prove otherwise. Powering up and cooling/heating buildings after two day of downtime can be very expensive. Allow the work week to consist of all 7 days of the week. If Saturday and Sunday were included as work options it would allow for less need for absence from work for... more »

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Legislative Branch

CONGRESS Should be in a Virtual environment; SAVE on commuting

A lot of tax dollars are spent on funding trips (lodging, private planes, cars, meals) for "the representatives of the people"; Congress. Instead of members of Congress going to Washington for three days a week, why not devise a system that will allow them to submit their arguments and vote from their local offices in their States. I know that tradition dictates that they should come together and have a "meeting of the... more »

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Legislative Branch

Housing Incentive

Provide an incentive for people to purchase or rent a place to live that is close to work. At many locations, people commute great distances to get to work. Offering the incentive, which could be in the form of a reduced interest loan or one time payout linked to continued occupancy, would encourage people to live closer to where they work. This would reduce pollution and time spent on the road and away from families,... more »

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General Services Administration

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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