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  1. Upgrade Telework VPN

    Teleworkers lose a lot of time saving Microsoft Word and Excel and Adobe Reader PDF files on the network drives because the VPN network is so extremely slow and crashes often. Historically, HUD has paid about $100 million per year for the HITS contract. Why can't we get high-quality state of the art computer and network equipment from the IT contractors?

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      0 comments  ·  facilities  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Clean the bathrooms

      Please clean the women's bathroom on the 4th floor of the southwest corridor. For the last few months, this bathroom has smelled awful! It's gotten to the point where I will go to different floors to go the restroom; all of which smell much better! If other bathrooms can be kept clean, I don't understand why this one should be any different.

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        0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 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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          1 comment  ·  chief human capital officer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Carpool Finder for HUD Employees

          I would like to see an internal website or posting board where I could find other HUD employees in my area to carpool with. With the Metro being an unreliable mode of public transit and no large bus/shuttle that services my area, I need a good way to get into work everyday. I believe other individuals would benefit from this service as well, especially if there are others that currently carpool and may have need for an additional rider.

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          • Early Dismissal Announcement

            There are other larger federal agencies that provide advance notice (prior day, at least) to employees of early dismissal for holidays. The advance notice allows employees to better benefit from the goodwill gesture by making any necessary schedule changes, such as transportation or childcare pickup adjustments. It would be great if HUD could also provide such courtesy and consideration to its employees.

            At a minimum, I believe it would be widely appreciated if there was a standard process for how the early dismissal announcement is communicated. For example, ensuring the announcement is made by email to all HUD employees no…

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              6 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 6 votes
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                0 comments  ·  facilities  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • I would like to see HUD's Mission statement on HUD@Work home page.

                I would like to see HUD's Mission Statement on HUD@Work home page. It will serve as a reminder of our mission at HUD.

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                  Under review.  ·  0 comments  ·  multifamily housing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Put President Trump/VP Pence/Secretary Carson pictures up on wall

                  As a strong supporter of all three men, it would be appreciated by many if proper respect was given to this Administration, specifically President Trump. We work on behalf of the taxpayers and report to Secretary Carson and President Trump. Please post President Trump, VP Pence and Secretary Carson pictures on the walls like you have done with past administrations.

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                    2 comments  ·  facilities  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    The White House has not yet provided GPO with the official portrait of the President and Vice President. When GPO receives that photo, they will print copies to distribute to federal agencies. At this point no federal buildings have official portraits hanging up. The portraits will be hung up as soon as we receive them.

                  • Build new cities in America! Increase housing supply and help our nation grow!

                    Imagine if you built new cities in desirable locations and you could start with a clean slate? No zoning laws, no planning commissions, no NIMBYism (Not in my backyard) homeowners preventing the growth needed to ensure we Americans have affordable housing across all income levels. Perhaps we could find land in America where farmers and large landowners could be enticed to sell their land. We could build case-study cities utilizing all the knowledge and wisdom urban planning gained over several decades and try building great cities from scratch instead of trying to retrofit existing ones.

                    The president is looking for…

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                      1 comment  ·  policy development & research  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                        1 comment  ·  healthcare  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Individual Recycling Bins should be issued to HUD Staff in order to increase the frequency of staff recycling. Currently, offices only have

                        Individual Recycling Bins should be issued to HUD Staff in order to increase the frequency of staff recycling. Currently, offices only have one centrally located bin for paper-only recycling. This dis-incentivizes recycling of paper, plastic, aluminum, and glass. Through providing individual single stream recycling containers, HUD will incentivize and maximize the frequency of recycling.

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                          1 comment  ·  sustainability & economic resilience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Add Name/Title to HUD Forms Requiring Signatures

                          We have HUD forms that require people and entities to provide their signature (often attached to an important certification). However, many HUD documents don't have a space for the person or entity to print their name or their title. So often we just get an unreadable squiggle as a signature, and it's very difficult to know who actually signed these important documents.

                          HUD-92432 (5/79) - Commitment for Insurance of Advances - is illustrative. It requires the mortgagor and mortgagee to provide their signature and date, but there is no where for the signer to print their name and title. This…

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                            0 comments  ·  multifamily housing  ·  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…

                            5 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  chief human capital officer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                              • Allow users to contact the IT Helpdesk by email for non-immediate issues

                                There are times when a computer issue has to be solved "right now," but there are other issues that could be handled better by email communication. It would address several issues: 1) issues triage - should help the helpdesk with workload management; 2) visual assistance - instead of having to describe the error message (that may have disappeared five minutes ago), a screenshot could be sent; 3) communications accuracy - there would be no mis-translation of the problem, as sometimes happens with verbal explanations.

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                                  0 comments  ·  chief information officer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Alternative Suspension Centers

                                  Fund and support Alternatives to school suspension, to encourage children/teens who are suspended from school, to have a place to receive their homework, tutoring, mentoring, counseling, intervention -away from the traditional school setting. There are factors that we have learned in a similar project, that inhibit these students from being able to address issues affecting their safe school experience. We have to find other ways to help children to know someone listens -and cares. The key is a partnership with community faith-based agencies , parents, Educational authorities and police. There has to be triangulated communication between parents/school/counselor/child to address and…

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                                  • 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…

                                    16 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  chief human capital officer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • The HUD Emergency Alert system

                                      The HUD Emergency Alert system is a good idea, however, I think a couple of improvements would make it even better.

                                      First, when the automated system calls a person I think it would be more useful if it gave the basic message and then as many automated systems will do it will have you press a number (say, 2) for further information. Otherwise, to confirm you received the message press 1 and to hear it again press 0. This last time it took it two minutes to go through the entire message to let me know that for a three…

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                                      • Rapid Rehousing and Housing First

                                        Rapid Rehousing and Housing First are principles and priorities which have many positive attributes.  With reasonably funded programs based on these principles, it is possible for many individuals and families to more quickly from the experience of homelessness, to housing stability. 

                                        When these principles are imposed as the only approach for which any reasonable level of funding is available, the result is the creation of dependencies and people with no desire to gain self-sufficiency. 

                                        It is important that the implementation of programs to serve our homeless neighbors always include the elements of goal setting, accountability and self-improvement.  The number of…

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                                          0 comments  ·  policy development & research  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Coordinated Entry for Homeless Programs - Illusion rather than solution.

                                          Coordinated Entry is a good concept, much like rapid rehousing. Without in the absence of a supply of housing that is actually affordable, it just becomes a waiting list, containing only a tiny representation of the people in need of housing.

                                          When a good idea is implemented in a manner that it becomes the solely funded and required means of serving our homeless neighbors, the “good” declines rapidly.  The combined factors of ineffective screening and a lack of responsiveness (either by choice or limited opportunity) by those on the coordinated entry list, results in significant delays in housing - along with…

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