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  • Here's a suggestion
    contrarian
    Any time government gives a benefit away, the recipient should have to run a mile to get it. We'd become the healthiest people on the planet and save a fortune in medical costs. I'll leave the details about how to implement my "Run A Mile for the Money" program to DD, that should be interesting.
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  • Which would you rather have--keeping your job or having your agency build large cubes?
    Little Professor
    The federal government spends a fortune on space rental and furniture. That money (in tight times) takes resources from your personnel compensation and benefits funds. The larger the cubes (or offices) built, the more space is required. The larger the space, the higher the rent. So, if to get the "condo cubes" so many have become accustomed to having requires renting another floor in a building, management has few options as to where to get the additional money. Besides, since the vast majority of feds can now telework, why do you need large cubes? My agency is allowing telework 4 days a week. When those who do this actually do come into the office, they sit at a kiosk. I'm all for anything that frees up to pay for people instead of space.
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  • To Little Professor
    Moderate
    I am a proponent of the right to telework. I have the right to telework. However, I rarely use it as my home facilities do not accomodate it for the most part. There are exceptions, but they are not very frequent.(probably less than 10 days per year) That is my choice.------------Therefore, I need a decent space to store my work as well as decent space to do my work.-------I only speak for myself and no one else.
    worker
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  • Get over it ...
    O2B XFed
    I was a GS 15 Branch Chief for 19 years until I retired. I'm a big guy (270 lbs, 6 ft)but I survived living about half that time in a 64 sq ft cube. If I can do it anyone that does not need to spread out large maps or blue prints can. Space should be provided as a job needs it rather than as a sign of status.
    Finally ExFed
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  • ANOTHER RIGHT HAND LEFT HAND THING
    MAZ
    It is interesting that most BRAC locations don't have the roads to support so many people moving into the locations. If the space rules would be applied less people would move into the spaces resulting in less traffic. More people would have to telework and in the long run the savings would add up. Funny how policy and regulations can be applied to fit the situations, to bad leadership is so short sighted. I say the Congressman/woman would be glad to support less people moving into a BRAC location, it seems like a good move to make. Larger spaces and shift work is another good idea too.
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  • Telework
    Moderate
    Telework is not mandatory. If it were mandatory, then the government would have to pay for the space.
    worker
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  • Space
    Tom T.
    My Agency (IRS) is on a contant quest to reduce space, but has not taken a brainless approach, and is willing to play the long game to improve. For my work group, this has had 2 results, smaller cubicles and telework. If you really want to understand how little space you really need work form home. You will be shocked how stingy the landlord (you) is, the home already has most of its space deidicated to other functions. The IRS has used telework to reduce space by completely elimiating office cubicles for one type of telworker (the type that comes in 1 time a week). They tend to wait to eliminate the cubicle until it is needed for another or savings can be captured (smart right). As for the smaller cubicle, my last move downward was from a poorly designed but very large one to a much smaller extremely well thought out space with some external stoage space. The smaller space is so much better, I can reach about half of the useable space from my chair. As for the person who wrote in, I would be interested to know if the is a permanent move. At difererent agencies I have been involved in short term moves into spaces in transition (horrible temp space ahead of a better permanent space). Short term can be years but the wait is often worth it.
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  • Waste of Money
    Linda
    When my office moved from an old, non earth-quack viable building (for Feds anyway, the State moved in.), we got new cubicles that were smaller desks and thinner walls. There was nothing wrong with the old cubicles and they had thicker, better sound proving and bigger work spaces. What a waste of money.............Then a couple of years ago, the IRS decided that 12 Revenue Agents should share a cubicle as we are supposed to be in the field anyway. But, come into the office 1 day a week...........So, that would be 2 plus people in one cubicle a day?.....Then they lowered that to 5 per cubicle. Ok, you get one day a week. Why bother. There is not enough space for 5 people to store all their cases. There are times when there is not enough space for 1 to store cases.......Luckily, I am in a small office that was going to have a lot of new people when we moved, then didn't. So we have lots of cubi space and that didn't occur......It is not condusive for me to work at home. To get the space I need, I would have to convert an entire room......I use those rooms for other things. I prefer to work in the office.
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  • Can they mandate telework in your case?
    Moderate
    You must be large case or LMSB. They do that in one office not far from me. When we moved our cubicles got smaller and they moved our cabinets into the cubicle. I'm okay with it, but if I had work that required me to spread out, I would be in trouble.
    worker
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