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  1. Provide Hepatitis A Vaccinations

    Many of our offices have homeless encampments that as employees have to cross in order to enter the building. Hepatitis A is increasing in many of these areas on a weekly basis. Hepatitis A is mainly transmitted through uncleanliness/feces. We have had to walk around it, step around it, watch every step we take. It has gotten to the point where we are using elbows, feet, and other extremities just to push a cross-walk button or an elevator button (public building). There is a federal nurse within our building. For those of us that commute by bus and train, we…

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      3 comments  ·  chief human capital officer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Eliminate HVU mandatory awareness training courses and replace them with a one hour webcast that covers all of the topics

      HVU mandatory training courses are outdated and give little information that is of value to HUD staff. Replace these classes with a one hour webcast given by HUD experts on the required topics and do not allow the webcast to go over one hour combined for all of the topics. TED Talks prove that complex topics can be covered in a short time period. OGC covers Ethics Training in a short webcast that is interesting--their format could be done with these topics.

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        0 comments  ·  chief human capital officer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • MOOC

        I recently tried to sign up for an online course offered by a MOCC, and was told that the Department had a policy that we had to have a live instructor. This seems inconsistent with current educational trends for online trainings, and certainly the Department's mandatory trainings. Could this policy, assuming that it is a Departmental policy, be readdressed?

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          0 comments  ·  chief human capital officer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Develop a policy for HUD Employees that are Deploying with the Military to be granted 40 hours of Administrative Leave to better prepare.

          Develop a policy that the Secretary of HUD can sign off on that Grants Soldiers deploying and return 40 hours on each end Admin Leave to help them better deal with getting prepared and returning to the work force.

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            0 comments  ·  chief human capital officer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Provide an opportunity for local personnel to attend HUD locally sponsored training

            Consider providing local personnel the opportunity to attend “no cost” training hosted and/or sponsored by program areas outside of the employee’s functional area. Oftentimes when local training sessions are held, the employee at the local site has no idea that the training is taking place. Since almost all of what we do is interrelated with other program areas to some degree, it would serve HUD well to announce the sessions and provide employees with the opportunity to attend those sessions. This would provide the employee with better knowledge and understanding of other program areas and may be useful during communication…

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              0 comments  ·  chief human capital officer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Independent review of hiring Selections or transfers

              Without going into huge detail on a internal forum. I think there needs to be independent look at the hiring/transferring of employees.

              As, I sit here and write this I remember more and more why I'm interviewing at other agencies.

              When an employee can easily look at linkedin, facebook and others site and draw a direct connection to the selection or transfer of an employee to a position there is something wrong. It brings distrust in the selection process and the agency heads that hire or transfer these individuals in.

              In my department alone, within the last year the Senior…

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                1 comment  ·  chief human capital officer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Work with OPM to provide benefit advocacy service as part of our benefit package

                As HUD's staff get older, the reliance on medical benefits will increase. The federal government offers a variety of plans with a variety of coverage options. Providing a benefit advocacy service as part of our basic benefit package will assist employees in selecting the healthcare plan that closest meets their needs. Additionally, the benefit advocates will provide assistance in issue that arise with insurance coverage. Time and Time again insurance companies deny claims that should be covered under our insurance plan. Fighting with the insurance company is tiresome and takes a toll mentally and physically on your employees. A benefit…

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                  0 comments  ·  chief human capital officer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Offer Pretax reimbursement for Parking in Metro Lots?

                  Offer a Metro/VRE/MRTA Transit Parking program that lets you save on your eligible transit parking costs through automatic, pre-tax payroll deductions. This sets aside a portion of your paycheck before taxes are deducted to pay a monthly amount. For example if you estimate you spend $100 per year in parking $4 is paid to you each pay period. See sample program from CBP attached.
                  This will save you $33 dollars pretaxed per year. Every dollar helps.

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                    0 comments  ·  chief human capital officer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Allow access to webTA while outside of the office

                    It used to be that we could access webTA using a separate external link. When we switched to the new system with Treasury it ceased to function. There are times when we need to look at our leave, put in leave, validate T&A, etc. when out of the office and do not have access to the network. Please provide a way to access webTA externally.

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                      2 comments  ·  chief human capital officer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      under review  ·  jay responded

                      I agree that this is majorly annoying—a less-than-ideal side effect of the recent webTA functionality upgrade. I didn’t know about the mobile apps, though. We’ll pass this along to our IT folks to see if that’s something that might be able to be turned on. Stay tuned!

                    • Transfers, Details,Temporary Reassignments

                      I believe many employees have issues that involve caring for elder parents that may be located in other locations other than the local commuting area. I think moral would improve if 5 transfer/details/reassignments were granted by management annually to assist employees in these circumstances. I recommend the use of a lottery system for these matters where twice a year employees could apply and participate in the lottery to see if they are selected to be a beneficiary in this regard. A lottery system is fair it is colorless and no one could object if there name wasn't selected. This lottery…

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                        under review  ·  1 comment  ·  chief human capital officer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                          1 comment  ·  chief human capital officer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Modify the SF-50 document to contain only the last four digits of an employee's SSN

                          The current SF-50 contains employee's full SSN and DOB; two pieces of information easily used to steal a persons identity. It would be helpful to see the agency modify the form to reflect only the last four digits of the SSN. I believe this will decrease chances of identity theft in the unfortunate event of a data breach.

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                            0 comments  ·  chief human capital officer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            under review  ·  jay responded

                            That makes a ton of sense. We’ll look into this!

                          • Disclose HR privacy and confidentiallity policy to HUD employees

                            From recent direct experience it has become apparent that employees dealing with the new remote HR system have no expectation of privacy or confidentiality in these interactions, yet this is not disclosed anywhere that I could find. My recent hypothetical question by email to the HR staff seeking information not available on HUD@work was responded to very quickly by email. However, what was not disclosed was that my inquiry was immediately reported to my supervisor, a fact I did not learn until more than a month later. In the interim, management actions were taken, within days following the original question,…

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                              7 comments  ·  chief human capital officer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Expedite the Payment of Performance Awards

                              The fiscal year ended on September 30, yet as of 133 days later, performance awards have still not been paid.

                              The HUD UP^ sent in October 2015 referred employees to the following Performance Management Desk Guide:

                              http://hudatwork.hud.gov/HUD/chco/doc/pmdeskguide_30764.pdf

                              That document indicates that "Performance Award Payout" will be in the month of December. This is a reasonable timeline, but it is not being followed for some unknown reason.

                              On February 4, HUD UP^ stated "the schedule for payout amounts is available on HUD@work." and linked to http://hudatwork.hud.gov/HUD/chco/doc/eppespaytbl.pdf/

                              Contrary to the email's statement, that link provides no schedule or dates regarding payment of…

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                              • Update PD's and Standards so they describe the positions accurately.

                                Update PD's and Standards so they describe the positions accurately.

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                                  under review  ·  2 comments  ·  chief human capital officer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • short and long-term disability plans

                                  Hello, picking up on an idea from a while ago - now that government offers paid parental leave it seems that OPM should allow agencies to offer short and long-term disability plans. Has HUD advocated for such plans? If so, what is the status. How can employees advocate for such plans? The plans on the open market are quite prohibitive in terms of "reimbursement" and lock out periods. Our employer should offer such plans and if HUD is still unable then management needs to ensure employees that they are doing what they can to make this needed benefit a reality.

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                                    2 comments  ·  chief human capital officer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Bring back the Emerging Leaders Program, or provide training funds for other leadership programs

                                    When the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) was last offered, an overwhelming number of people applied for the program. Please offer the program again in FY16. The HUD workforce continues to need additional leaders due to retirements and other changes to the organization. If it is not feasible to offer the ELP during this fiscal year, please consider offering training funds to employees interested in applying for leadership programs offered by outside organizations.

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                                      0 comments  ·  chief human capital officer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Position Descriptions Only Available to Management?

                                      I am being told from our local HR specialist that my Position Description is only available to management in HIHRTS.
                                      Why are they only available to management?! All employees should have access to the Position Description that they are filling.

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                                        3 comments  ·  chief human capital officer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Reduce the number of elements, steps, and sign-offs for annual performance reviews

                                        The annual performance review process is onerous, and managers and staff alike are only dealing with it for the performance awards. We procrastinate because we dislike the process so much. If we must do it, let's reduce the number of steps in the system, reduce the # of elements, reduce characters in the elements and self assessment more, and consider making it optional for non-bargaining unit employees. This year alone- due to system issues, missed tasks, and incorrect staff routing assignments - I estimate I spent 40 solid hours logged into InCompass and I'm not even done! I sent approximately…

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                                          3 comments  ·  chief human capital officer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          Sorry that it has been a long time since hearing from Switchboard on this. As you know, HUD will be moving into a new and exciting strategic direction. With that comes changes in policies, processes and procedures. Switchboard is no different. We are moving all ideas from the Coming 20xx queues to Under Review. These ideas will be evaluated with fresh eyes. Please be patient as we are managing all of ideas with our new vetting process. We will provide feedback to you as soon as possible.

                                        • Allow supervisors to telework 3 times per week.

                                          Now that HUD allows employees to telework up to three times per week and continues to improve the technology that supports teleworking, it may follow that supervisors should be granted the same 3 days per week teleworking benefit. Currently, supervisors may telework one day per week. Many excellent top performing employees who take advantage of the three day teleworking schedule may never consider supervisory positions because of having to relinquish their ability to work from home three days per week. Employees telework; yet, supervisors are required to go into the office 4 days per week. What for? Nobody is there;…

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