Since "lights out" during the last Federal holiday reportedly produced such a tremendous savings at USDOT, let's practice turning out all lights, at the end of the day, excluding those for emergencies in all Federal agencies. Compare savings at year-end.
Department of Transportation
I drove by the Department of Education off of Penn Avenue one evening , around 8pm and there were so many lights on in the building I thought it was 8am. All government building lights should switched over to sensored lighting. It was disheartening to see all that money wasted to help people read and there are no people there to read. Let's start DOING!
An example: My office has no light-switch. We can't turn off the lights when we leave, and I have 6 double-tube fluorescent lights... more »
Metro and other buses should use smaller vehicles when it isn't rush hour. I hardly every see a bus that is full. What about using more mini buses? Even the Metro Access vehicles may be bigger than they need to be. You could make a study to determine how many riders you are averaging per bus per hour and downsize whenever possible.
Thousands of dollars are spent on travel/per diem for TDY's rotating each WEEK in my SSC alone. Put more energy into hiring and TRAINING PERMANENT RESIDENTS rather than keep spending money on "rotators" that drive our vehicles to go to the store, collect per-diem, collect overtime because their rotation is nearing an end, collect travel comp-time EACH rotation, and waste money on hotels.
This week, notification was given that the training software system of the Agency would be shut down and any uncompleted training courses would be lost.
One new mandatory course takes 12 or more hours to complete. I lost about 8 hrs and must start over.
8 hrs multiplied by 3000 inspectors at this level is a serious resource and cost issue. A method to save/credit completed lessons could save $500K
In T&A we report daily start/stop time for an 8 hour day, with half hour or whole hour lunch breaks. We report overtime hours per day in forms of credit hours or compensatory hours earned. We indicate which days are "Regular Days Off". We indicate... more »
I propose finding under-utilized parking lots at checkpoints strategically located miles away from federal workplaces and use them for employee parking.... more »