Showing 17 ideas for tag "telecommuting"

Department of Transportation

Cross-Validate Telework and IT Policies

In my agency, and I presume others, the telework policy and the IT security policy directly contradict each other. DOT and other organizations need to support telework and IT security uniformly by validating all relevant policies against each other to make sure that the necessary and relevant guidance is uniform. This will reduce confusion during planning and implementation allowing for maximum participation in telework,... more »

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Executive Office of the President

Locate Fed Gov Offices in DC to a Set of Locations in Va MD

Save costs on real estate and leasing fees by moving Federal offices now located in DC to a limited number of satellite government centers in the states surrounding DC. There is no reason to concentrate offices in DC. Work functions, communication needs, work products, etc. DO NOT necessitate a physical DC address. Commuting times would be decreased, quality of life would be increased, and many, many other benefits... more »

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Department of the Interior

cut travel and invest savings in telework and telepresence tech

If you took half of the amount of money spent on travel you could easily upgrade every office, cubicle and meeting room to HD TVs, monitors, cameras, webcams headphones, mics, VOIP, etc., and greatly reduce the need for travel.

This should be driven top down by the senior leadership and management generations as something that needs to start now as part of a long term vision to implement before fuel prices make travel... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Faxmail

Prior to working for the federal government, I spent approximately five (5) years employed in the private sector. A growing practice was the implementation of faxmail. The idea is simple: an individual is assigned a phone number, and when he/she receives a fax, it goes directly into his/her email inbox.

With the goal of creating a paperless work environment, the receipt of an electronic fax will create an instant savings... more »

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Department of the Treasury

Flexiplace (Working from Home)

Within our agency, we utilize a work program called Flexiplace or working remotely from home. There are many benefits to this program that can cut costs for the government and the employee.
1. Cost associated with office/building - Fewer people in the office results in lower utility bills on electricity, gas, heating/AC, and water and sanitation removal/disposal. Lower office bills: fewer items to keep in stock, less... more »

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National Science Foundation

Require telecommuting unless the HCA exempts positions.

Current telecommuting guidance is too vague and weak and most agencies use that as an excuse for non-existent or weak policies. Mandate the activity as an automatic opt-in, unless the PD is specifically excluded for emergency or first-line in person service positions within the federal civilian community. This will save money and GHG emissions by allowing agencies to significantly reduce leased office space, new building... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Charge the Market Rate for Parking

This idea applies to ALL federal agencies. All federal employees and visitors should pay the market rate for parking at ALL federal owned and leased buildings. This will encourage the use of public transportation, telecommuting, and carpooling. It will reduce traffic congestion and cost of road maintenance. It will reduce the federal budget deficit.

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Department of Defense

Alternate Work Schedule & Telework Mandate

With roughly two million federal civilian employees, of which 15% (~300,000+) work in the Washington DC Metro area, demand put on the daily infrastructure (I-66, I-95, etc) is substantial. Currently, most personnel would work a normal 40 hour work week (5 days x 8 hours). If an AWS (Alternate Work Schedule) was put in place, where each employee would work eight, 9 hour days and one, 8 hour day per pay period, this would... more »

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Department of Defense

Integrated IT Applications & Info-Sharing Between Agencies

I work for a Navy command that uses XP, but I am forward deployed to an Army base which uses Vista. The systems will not interact with each other and prohibit the use of VPN, information sharing, and telework. There are work around solutions, but the easiest, most efficienct solution would be for DoD to all get on the same page and pick one to save money, share information, and provide solutions towards greater efficiency.... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Full-Time Telecommuting

Buildings are costly to maintain and it is a security risk to have Federal employees gathered in one place. Virtual employees also have less commuting stress & expense and are more focused on proving their productivity. Equip & permit all employees to work virtually except when face-to-face meetings are required; lease building space for that purpose.

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Allow Admin/Clerical Work from Home Days

Rather than having people commute in on "Paperwork Only" days, allow employees who do not already telecommute to do so on days where only clerical or administrative tasks (such as filling out paperwork) need to be completed.

Let's assume that commuting costs workers roughly 1 hour of time, $10 in gas per day (3 gallons), plus at least $10 per day in miscellaneous expenses (lunch, soda, etc.). Let's also assume that you... more »

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Department of Transportation

Reduce Travel & Travel Costs by increasing the FTR's TDY radius

Change the Federal Travel Regulations (FTR) to increase the Temporary Duty (TDY) travel radius from 35 miles to 60 miles. This change would save money and cause agencies to perform better since:

(1) It would stop the current practice of federal employees in downtown Washington, DC collecting lodging and per-diem reimbursements while attending conferences in the DC suburbs (Leesburg, Frederick, etc).

(2) It would cause... more »

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