This is part of Gov. Chris Gregoire‘s attempts to rein in spending in the face of a projected $3.2 billion deficit for the 2009-11 budget period.
Gregoire expects the “four 10s” to save part of the $290 million she has asked her budget folks to find.
I can help but wonder just how much money is saved by shutting down an office one day a week. Lower lighting and heating bills, I suppose. And the upside is workers get a 3-day weekend.
Another thing I wonder: How helpful is it to provide services to veterans between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.?
This work week change affects 57 of the agency’s 630 employees, and only those at its headquarter’s office in Olympia. The state VA also has offices at the Orting Soldiers Home.
For Immediate Release
Date: October 3, 2008
Contact: Heidi Audette
Olympia – The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs will participate in the state’s trial of a 10-hour-per-day, four-day work week.
Beginning Monday, October 6, all services offered in the WDVA Central Office located at 1102 Quince Street SE in Olympia will be available for the extended hours of 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and closed on Fridays.
All other WDVA locations will operate under the current scheduled hours of operation.
Veterans and their families may take advantage of the following services that will be offered under the extended hours Monday through Thursday:
Claims and Benefits Services
Call Center (1-800-562-2308)
Veterans Estate Management Program Assistance
Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program Assistance
Veterans Innovations Program Assistance
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Program Administration
Veterans Conservation Corps Administration
WDVA Administrative Support including budget and accounting, human resources, payroll and public relations.
For additional information, contact WDVA at 1-800-562-0132, option 1.