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ACTION LINEEXT. 77000 Schedule differences a problem 2849th Civil Engineering Squadron is allowing QThe half of its employees to work Rex time and it is creating problems as far as carpools and vanpools are concerned. Why won't they let everybody go on flex time? A believe you are referring to the compressed work schedule within civil engineering w hich is currently implemented in some work areas on a trial basis. The base civil engineer and staff considered w hat sections were allowed to test this program. In early February, this program w as expanded, but was still under test. Each branch considered the workload and requirements on customers to determine which work areas were feasible for this program, and at the same time gave adequate consideration to mission support of this installation. Vou should ask the senior managers in civil engineering about the alternate work schedules. This program may better suit your individual needs. I At May 24, 1991 Turn off the ACTION UNE is your opportunity to nuke H;I1 AFB a better place to In e, w ork and play. When you call Ext. 77000, or send on LOGD1S or OificeYWn to ID "ACTION:' your comments will be recorded and staffed through the agency responsible for action. Tlease give your supervisor and chain of command the opportunity to work with you in answering questions and solving problems before calling ACTION' LINE. This will help me better serve your interests through ACTION 11 Hilltop Times heat in our building work in Bkig. 849 in a big bay area and it is hot in here. The most prevalent answer we receive if we complain about it is that the outside temperature has to be S 5 degrees for three consecutive days before the can be turned on. We here in work would be area my happy just to have the heat QI v turned off. believe a lot of the heat retention and smell is caused by the modular furniture we have in here. It doesn't allow for airflow. I'm sure the regulation calling for three days of 65 degree temperatures was written before the age of modular furniture and the lighting fixtures that come with it, and also the individual mechanized office equipment, all of w hich put out heat. It may not reach a certain temperature outside, but I feel consideration should be given to temperatures reached inside where the people are trying to work, especially in those areas where windows are not available. It's miserable in here and if we can't have then can we at least get the heat turned off? I V f ' j LINE. Repair storm drain near BIdg. 100 Moj. the northeast area by BIdg. 100, there is a drain grate that is deteriorating. It is right in the path of the pedestrian area and could become a real hazard. Could we get it fixed before someone gets hurt? Ogden Qln Gtn. Dolt W. Thompson Jr. commander ALC Clean walkway in 1200 area Thank you for identifying a possible safety hazard. Civil engineering initiated a job order to repair the storm drain and the job is now completed. In the future, you can identify similar problems directly to the civil engineering customer desk at Ext. 73045. Would it be possible to have the covered walkway between Bldgs. 1244 and 1233 cleaned up? It's been overlooked in years past and it's very dirty inside. Last fall I noticed several spiders, including a black widow, had set up housekeeping inside the structure. The walkway could be very attractive as well as convenient to use if it were cleaned up. Provide future It's always nice to hear from someone who takes JT genuine interest is beautifying Hill AFB. You will be pleased to know that 2849th Civil Engineering Squadron workers swept the sand and debris from the covered walkway between Bldgs. 1244 and 1233, and will dispatch an entomologist periodically to spray for spiders and bugs. Thanks for bringing this to the attention of civil engineering. l 4 RIF information the reduction in force of 1,320 employees to place in fiscal 1993 or calendar 1993? Also, is there going to be an operations and maintenance RIF this year, and how many employees will be affected if there is? Could you give us some firm information on these things so that we can make informed decisions regarding our personal welfare? QIs i Hill AFB is projected to lose 1,320 civilian posi-rtions by the end of fiscal 1993. I want to emphasize that this reduction involves positions and not people. Air Force Logistics Command headquarters at Wright-PattersoAFB, Ohio, made it clear that it intends to achieve the position reductions through normal attrition. This means that by implementing a hiring freeze and abolishing as many vacant positions as we can, we will be able to meet our reduction goals without separating employees through a RIF. There is no way to predict at this time if any employees at Hill will be separated as a result of these position cuts. Operations and maintenance is not planning a RIF. Based on the president's budget and Air Force allocations of fiscal 1992 monies, it appears that no RIF will be required in that account. As more information becomes available on these subjects, I will continue to keep all employees advised through the Hilltop Times. 4 n Can comp time simulate the 5-4- 9? a The majority of the people in my van pool went'on the 9 shift May 17. Those of us who are on the Time and Attendance System won't be able to go to the compressed work schedule until later. This means I have had to quit my van pool. This will be a real hardship for me because I travel 72 miles round trip to work. Would it be possible to allow the people who are on TASYS to work one hour comp time a day and then use the comp leave for their day off so that they, can begin the compressed work schedule now? appreciate your concern and recommendation. Jr However, I cannot authorize the use of compensatory time for employees on TASYS to participate in the with the O&M funded employees. By law, Federal Wage System employees (wage grade) are not eligible for compensatory time off, but must be paid overtime for any authorized overtime duty. There are large numbers of wage grade employees on TASYS who would be affected. In addition, comp time and overtime are driven by workload and mission requirements, rather than being designed around transportation to and from work. I don't have automatic solutions for all of the carvan pool problems faced by Hill AFB workers. I am confident that most of them will be worked out over time by employees themselves. In your case, I do have a couple of thoughts for your consideration: If your problem is only temporary, perhaps you could continue with your van pool for most days in each pay period. On the nine-hou- r days, while you are waiting for your ride, spend the hour doing something for your own edification, such as using the base library or one of the fitness centers. I have been made aware of an employee at the Internal Revenue Service who has a situation similar to yours. She has an hour to herself to write letters, read books, study subjects she enjoys or catch a few winks before going home. She loves it. D You mentioned that the majority of your van pool went 9 on May 17. Could the rest of you form a car pool temporarily and rejoin the van when TASYS is VI I 9 modified? I wish you well in finding the solution best for you. For more information on overtime and compensatory time, contact Nancy Lucas, Human Resources Directorate, Ext. 76142. Q Paper waste causes a concern am concerned about the amount of paper that is in producing the G037G products. With product, we receive numerous pages that are either or of no use whatsoever because all they have on is a heading. All this paper is just thrown away. something be done to stop this waste? QI every blank them Can't 4 It is difficult to provide a response to your inquiry without knowing specifically which of the G037G products you are referencing. The 1881st Communications-Compute- r Systems Group produces approximately 342 groups of G037G products every day. Each G037G product is printed and separated into groups by a commercially available computer program called However, the 1881st will pursue with the vendor the possibility of eliminating some of the extra pages. A process action team recently reviewed the distribution of all G037G products. Your directorate should have been represented. If you are receiving something you don't need or a product that appears to be in error such as pages with heading but no data, you should contact your supervisor, the G037G monitor, Vickie Farris, Financial Management Directorate, Ext. 75551, or the 1881st Network Control Center at Ext. (73282). These contact points will use the procedures that are already in place to relay the information to the programmer in 1881st who will research the situation. As a matter of information, all computer generated products are recyclable, including the blue cover sheets on prints and carbon paper green line listings. The cover sheets can be recycled with other colored paper that is separated from white paper. Carbonless green line listings can be recycled with colored paper. This paper actually improves the quality of the recycled colored paper. Carbon green line listings can also be recycled with regular computer paper after carbons are removed. What are my savings plan options? am being riffed off the base. Is it true if I the invested portion of my Thrift Savings Plan it will be subject to state and federal taxes, plus a 10 percent penalty? Can I avoid these hefty taxes by rolling my Thrift Savings Plan into an Individual Retirement Account? QI There are several Thrift Savings Plan withdrawal options. The next two options only apply if you have less than $3,500 in your TSP. If you chose the option to roll your TSP account into an IRA or other eligible retirement plan, no taxes or penalties will accrue in 1991. If you chose to take your TSP in cash, then your TSP fund will be subject to income tax in calendar 1991 and the 10 percent early withdrawal penalty prescribed by law. If you have more than $3,500 in your TSP and have less than five years of federal service, then you must roll your TSP proceeds into an IRA or other qualifying retirement account. If you have questions regarding TSP, or would like a pamphlet which explains the different withdrawal options, please contact Carolyn Bronson, Human Resources Directorate, Ext. 76142. If you have questions regarding tax liability, please contact your tax consultant or the Internal Revenue Service. f regret that you have undergone some discomfort your work area; however, civil engineering is actively pursuing a solution to the heating air conditioning situation in your building. In fact, a job order has been initiated to evaluate and repair the temperature control problems in your area. The heat shop has valved off the steam to the perimeter heat system (the wall mount Jryi I in radiators). BIdg. 849 has been a problem area in the past. The heating, ventilation and air conditioning team did major control work in this facility last summer. The job order will remain open until the problems are solved, and the HVAC team, along with other mechanical shops, will be returning to the facility to check calibration of controls and operation of valves to ensure that the system is operating properly. Let me also take this opportunity to mention that you are absolutely correct in saying that the on base will not be turned on until we have three consecutive days of outside temperatures of 85 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. This is Ogden Air Logistics Center policy, and although it may seem ludicrous to you, there is good reason for it. The heating and systems at Hill AFB are two separate systems. Therefore, before we turn the air conditioning on, we must first turn the heat off. As you can well imagine, this is a massive undertaking for a base the size of Hill. I am sure you also understand Mother Nature is very fickle at this time of year. The temperatures were probably in the 80s when you sent your action line; however, four days later the high temperature was only 39 degrees. Save the trees Q Why were four large trees near BIdg. 785 cut down? il The base civil engineer made the decision to re-- r move the four dead trees. Environmental Management's base natural resource planner confirmed their condition. Parking bumpers needed There are parking bumpers for all the parking stalls on Fir Street except across from BIdg. 1234. Would it be possible to get some there for safety reasons? i You're right. The rest of the parking stalls along Fir Street have parking bumpers. We will have parking bumpers installed within 30 days. However, the 2849th Civil Engineering Squadron does have a plan to replace the bumpers with curb and gutter in the near future (hopefully by the end of this summer). The curb and gutter will look better and be less of an impediment to snow removal operations. Thanks for your call. Aerobics steals tennis time Often we are unable to get a tennis court because there are no times available. The court is being tied up three days a week for aerobics and it seems unreasonable to me that they would construct an outstanding facility for tennis and then dedicate so much time for aerobics when there are classes held at the community center on the same days and hours. This seems to be a blatant duplication of facilities and a waste of funds, especially when there are no alternatives for indoor tennis. Can't they find some other place, such as the West Area facility, to hold the aerobics class? By conducting the aerobics classes from 4:30-5:3p.m. there are two hours of tennis time wasted as compared to only one hour if they were held from either p.m. or 6 if a be This would seem to least at compromise p.m. aerobics absolutely has to be conducted in the tennis bubble. Q 0 4-- 5 5-- This aerobics class has been an established pro-- r gram for five years and provides a valuable service to a large number of patrons. The success of this program centers around the time the class is offered, location, consistency, program structure and qualified instruction. The class is held in the bubble because it is the only fitness center facility, including the West Area facility, large enough to handle the large class size. The community center aerobics class is a separate operation and is in no way affiliated with the fitness center aerobics. The classes use different approaches the fitness center is dance aerobics; community center is low impact, high impact and bench aerobics. Consideration is being given to a fitness center aerobics class time change if more of the base changes to a compressed work week.