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at NIH? You can post anonymous queries at www.
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icon) and we’ll try to provide answers.
Feedback: Is there a policy on where government
vehicles (utility trucks) can be parked? On a few
occasions I have noticed a government vehicle
parked in Bldg. 21’s general parking lot. On one
occasion I have seen a blue utility truck parked for
almost one week in the same spot. Seeing the parking
crunch, should such vehicles be taking up these
spots during working hours? I am sure if this vehicle
was parked in red parking that it would have
been hastily removed.
Response from the Office of Research Services: NIH Parking Policy 1410 delineates the priority for
parking spaces on the NIH campus. Vehicles designated
for “official use” (vehicles owned or leased by
the U.S. Government) have the highest priority for
assignment of parking spaces. Government vehicles
should only park in spaces marked specifically for
“Government Vehicles.” Anyone assigned a government
vehicle should contact Rusty Mason, (301)
451-4811, in the Office of Research Services, Division
of Amenities and Transportation Services, to
receive assigned parking.
All vehicles not parked in compliance with policy
or law are subject to ticketing or towing by the NIH
Police. Violators who park a government vehicle
illegally can or could be responsible for any action
or cost associated with the incident and can also
face administrative discipline. If you observe a government
vehicle parking in a space not reserved for
government vehicles, contact the NIH Police, with
the license plate number, at “311” from an NIH
phone or (301) 496-5685 from a mobile device.
Feedback: Can you provide an update on the Maxiflex
pilot that you wrote about last year? (NIH
Record, Mar. 30, 2012).
Response from the Office of Human Resources:
After successful implementation of the Maxiflex
pilot in several institutes and centers, the Office of
Human Resources is prepared to release Maxiflex in
ITAS to the NIH community this spring.
Maxiflex is a type of flexible work schedule in
which an employee may vary the number of hours
worked on a given workday, the number of hours
each week, and split his/her work day within the
limits established by the IC. This new work schedule
was created to address the ongoing needs of the
NIH workforce to meet operational requirements that are not always limited
to a traditional work schedule, while recognizing our dedicated staff’s worklife
demands on their time.
The Maxiflex pilot included a cross-section of participants from intramural
to administrative staff. The Center for Information Technology and Office of
Human Resources staff completed enhancements to ITAS necessary to facilitate
Maxiflex timekeeping in March 2013. The ITAS system updates are on target to
be released in late April with a short testing period to ensure operational functionality.
Maxiflex, like all other work schedules, is subject to supervisory approval based
on organizational work requirements. The Office of Human Resources is confident
that all ICs will have Maxiflex as a new work schedule option in ITAS by
late May-early June 2013.