Second Quarter, 2014
Some of the significant highlights of the Second Quarter, 2014 overtime performance are:
2014 Second Quarter Civilian Overtime Performance
- Overall, core civilian overtime usage, excluding Snow, Superstorm Sandy and other emergency events, is trending virtually flat based on a 2nd quarter to 1st quarter comparison.
- In the 2nd quarter of 2014, core civilian performance, excluding PATH and Aviation Department, is 13,000 hours, or 22%, under plan.
- The primary drivers of the overage continue to be PATH and Aviation departmental performance.
- All other civilian departments are on target and expect to adhere to budgeted levels through 2014.
- Year-to-date, total civilian overtime expenses are $60 million.
In the 2nd quarter, PATH overtime is over plan by 25,000 hours, or 38%, mainly due to the accelerated construction for the installation of Positive Train Control, higher than anticipated unscheduled absences, and the continuation of the enhanced frequency of train service for the Pulaski Skyway closure. Aviation overtime is 11,000 hours, or 20%, over plan. Factors contributing to Aviation’s overrun included accelerated capital construction support for runway rehabilitation at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and airfield compliance maintenance requirements at John F. Kennedy International (JFK) and LaGuardia (LGA) Airports, as well as higher than planned staff coverage due to vacancies to support the new workload requirements and higher than anticipated unscheduled absences.
2014 Second Quarter Police Overtime Performance
- In the 2nd quarter of 2014, total Police overtime is 37,000 hours, or 17%, over plan. This is comparable to overtime usage in the 1st quarter.
- Year-to-date, total Police overtime expenses are $69 million.
The overrun of Police overtime is primarily due to higher than anticipated training needs, increased heighted security checkpoint coverage and unplanned full-scale exercises including mutual aid partners. It should be noted that costs incurred on overtime for various activities are recovered through grant reimbursements and other recoveries.
- The Agency continues to focus on overtime monitoring and mitigation
- Preliminary Integrated Absence Management Program data from the period of March - May shows an 8% and 24% decline in lost days attributable to sick and injury-on-duty (IOD) absences, respectively, as compared to the same period in the prior year.
PATH’s mitigation strategies include the realignment of staff schedules to maximize straight-time coverage of weekend work required for the installation of Positive Train Control and the increased focus on absence management with the enhancement of the PATH Employee Safety Program, including the communication of daily safety tips and special safety demonstrations by supervisors for injury-on-duty prevention.
Based a recent assessment of JFK electrical workload, additional electricians have been authorized. Aviation is also assessing the viability to leverage electrical contract services, where appropriate. This will provide for greater flexibility in the deployment of agency electrical staff.
With the continual assessment of workload to meet changing operational requirements, Police is able to manage to a total workload, of which overruns in overtime is matched to corresponding underruns in straight-time hours. In addition, the continuation of training and staffing of more officers with specialized skills required for certain detail posts ensures a full complement of qualified staff is available for deployment, thereby avoiding overtime usage.