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                          0 comments  ·  [Closed forums] » Staff Rotations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                Eka responded

                                Thanks for your idea! You have certainly given this a lot of thought. We will look into whether this is possible and get back to you soon.

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                                  jay responded

                                  Interesting idea! Let me look into this and get back to you.

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                                    jay responded

                                    This is a great idea. We’re definitely thinking about things like this in our IT management objective, so let me see just how close to this we’re getting. :)

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                                      jay responded

                                      Thanks for this additional information, Norman. We’re looking into this further and will get back to you soon.

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                                        2 comments  ·  [Closed forums] » Town Hall  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                          4 comments  ·  [Closed forums] » Town Hall  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                          jay commented  · 

                                          @Adam, we'll probably merge them eventually, but given that one deals with security and one with speed, we want to get a better idea of which is the priority.

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                                            17 comments  ·  [Closed forums] » Town Hall  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                            jay commented  · 

                                            I don't believe the cost of "additional labor time wasted" was factored in here, but I'd be pretty confident that it would be outweighed by the cost of banner sheets being printed throughout the building each and every day. Personally, I think the problems you're describing—too many printouts on the printer, people taking others print jobs—are cultural ones that should be addressed by the office. If folks were to simply grab their printjob when it was done printing, I can't imagine the paper pile-up would be that great.

                                            I'm also (and again, personally) an advocate of, well, making printing a tad more burdensome than it has to be, if the end state is that we opt for more paperless processes and reduced demand on printers. I think we're forgetting a key factor here—the environment—which is just as (if not more) important than today's taxpayer, 'cause if we ruin the environment (more than we already have), we're hurting every taxpayer to ever come.

                                            Consider that EVERY page printed produces 13 ounces of wastewater, costs $0.06, and that just 500 of those sheets (which the average employee would print in less than a year) destroys about 6% of a tree. I agree that the lack of banner sheets could be an added aggravation, but—at the risk of sounding like a hyperbolic treehugger—is it worth the Amazon?

                                            In any event, my personal opinions don't really matter. Personally, what I can promise is that if you can demonstrate enough demand for the return of banner sheets, by getting the votes of your friends and colleagues, we'll definitely revisit this issue. :)

                                            jay commented  · 

                                            hmmm. well then. perhaps something the HITS help desk (202-708-3300) could assist with?

                                            jay commented  · 

                                            i hear what you're saying, but to play devil's advocate, what will be the impetus to switch to paperless processes if printing remains so simple? :)

                                            more seriously, though, are the high-volume print jobs your office runs for an internal office process, or a HUD-wide function? either way, i'd urge you to take to ideas in action (or your office's leadership) to push to have that particular process rethought in a paperless way. as you know, HUD does thousands of different disparate functions—most involving paper—so the only way we're ever going to cut down on our printer reliance is by digitizing them one by one.

                                            but to your ultimate point, doesn't the user still have the choice as to whether they want the banner page? this option wasn't banned; the default was simply switched (which is a powerful tool for the indifferent user). in an environment where MOST people (or offices) may not print in high volumes so frequently that banner pages are essential, isn't it more practical to simply allow those who DO need the function to switch it on? :)

                                            jay commented  · 

                                            personally, i'm in favor of the removal of banner sheets for some of the reasons stated above. true, banner sheets may make it a tad easier to identify where a print job begins and ends in an office that prints large amounts of paper, but isn't the real solution here to move toward more paperless processes than continue to print at the expense of the environment and the taxpayer?

                                            more broadly, @laura is correct in that the reason we no longer have banner sheets is because those opposing 'em took to ideas in action and made it happen. lesson learned: if you don't like something HUD is doing, find some supporters and get your ideas implemented at ideas in action.

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