USPSOIG.gov Savings Impact Model (SIM)
- URL: uspsoig.gov/sim/run-sim
- Started: February 2014
- Deployed: April 2014
- Role: Full-stack developer
- Tech: Drupal 7.x, PHP, CSS, jQuery
This was an interesting side project; the USPS OIG website had an old feature called the "Savings Impact Model" (aka SIM), but it was never finished by the developer who worked on it. It seemed to be mostly forgotten for a while, but in early 2014, I was asked to finish it and get it working correctly. Since the requirements had changed significantly, this turned into a full rebuild, but I finished it within just a couple of months.
The overall concept was relatively simple: Build something that visitors can interact with, predicting the budgetary impact of the USPS OIG's audit report recommendations, if those recommendations are implemented as-written by the US Postal Service. This idea didn't really have much of a form, so I visualized it like a long-form addition/subtraction problem, like in elementary school; USPS budget on top, cost savings/avoidance underneath, and sum of those values on the last line. Then, below that, a list of the audit reports that could be clicked to include them in the equation.