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  1. 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…

    210 votes
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      12 comments  ·  strategic planning and management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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?

      106 votes
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        4 comments  ·  chief information officer  ·  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…

        92 votes
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          3 comments  ·  chief human capital officer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • HUD's Mission Statement - Employee Engagement

          Years ago, the Department engaged all employees in the selection of Core Values. This followed a process in which employees and managers prepared draft candidate core values, and senior management selected a subset that was put to the employee vote. Something similar should be done with HUD's Mission Statement. HUD will miss a valuable opportunity to engage its workforce if it does not open up the process to all employees. Thank you.

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            0 comments  ·  cross-cutting  ·  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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              1 comment  ·  chief administration 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 →
              • 23 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  facilities  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Public Housing/HUD REO to Homeownership

                  Public Housing/HUD REO to Homeownership

                  I submitted this with the old administration and received over 150 votes. This needs to be relooked at with the new administration. HUD should consider a pilot between the Homeownership Center’s Real Estate Owned (REO) Division and the Office of Public Housing. REO could sell homes to Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) and/or low-income Public Housing or Housing Choice Voucher participants in HUD-approved homeownership programs and/or Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) programs. The PHAs would purchase HUD REO Properties at a discount and then add the properties to their Public Housing or Project-Based Voucher inventory. The discounted…

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                    0 comments  ·  FHA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Lights should be replaced the same day the issue is reported.

                    The women's bathroom on the 4th floor (SW/blue section) is half dark because one of the lights needs to be replaced. I called Facilities at 8 AM Monday (1/8/18) and as of Friday (1/12/18), the light still has not been replaced. This is unacceptable. Even more confusing is that several facilities team members, those who clean the bathroom and empty the garbage, have seen this over the course of the week have, apparently, not reported it. For a relatively simple issue, lights should be replaced the same day the issue is reported.

                    6 votes
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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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                        1 comment  ·  facilities  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Ask construction labor unions to teach trade skills to inner city youth in cities such as detroit and Baltimore and fund coop communities

                        Offer career trade Training thru union apprenticeship programs with the intention to allow worker participants to invest in their communities on the projects they participate in in a cooperative fashion.

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                          0 comments  ·  community planning & development  ·  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.

                          22 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  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.

                            10 votes
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                              under review  ·  0 comments  ·  public affairs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 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.

                              42 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  chief information officer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • 22 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  chief information officer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • 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…

                                  8 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  policy development & research  ·  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…

                                    21 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  chief human capital officer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                        1 comment  ·  chief administration officer  ·  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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                                          1 comment  ·  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…

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                                            1 comment  ·  chief human capital officer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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