President Bush Directs Executive Departments and Agencies to Conserve Energy, including Carpool, Telecommute, and Transit
President Bush sent a memo to heads of executive departments and agencies that included the following, "All agencies should conserve fuel so we can reduce overall demand and allow extra supplies to be directed towards the hurricane relief effort. In particular[emphasis added], agencies should temporarily curtail non-essential travel and other activities that use gasoline or diesel fuel, and encourage employees to carpool, telecommute, and use public transportation to reduce fuel use."
Furthermore, agencies have to report back through the Secretary of Energy, within 30 days, on the fuel conservation actions taken.
Will the agencies do anything new related to commuting options, especially OUTSIDE the National Capital Region? Most of the commute benefit programs are aimed only to federal agencies "within the Beltway".
Will it be smoke and mirrors? Reporting what is already being done?
At the same time, will TDM agencies use this memo to open doors/enhance relationships with federal agencies in their areas?
I guess we'll see in 30 days.