Office of Personnel Management

Go Virtual

I suggest you...have virtual meetings, trainings, and conferences. The government is notorious for feeling as though they need to see people face-to-face to get their message across. It is nice to have National Summits face-to-face, but many meetings, trainings, or conferences could be done virtually. Invest in web conferencing services such as Microsoft's Live Meeting, Cisco Systems Inc.'s WebEx Meeting Center, IBM's... more »

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Department of Labor

Community service for Unemployment benefits

Unemployment benefits are costing taxpayers millions, and in cities, there is much work that needs to be done. The suggestion is for participants who recieve unemployment benefits; after a reasonble 6 weeks of benefits, in order to continue thier unemployment benefits, the recipient will provide 20-30 hours per week in community service to non-profits, city and state programs. This idea, will allow for the unemployed... more »

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General Services Administration

Train Locally – Use Existing FEB Training in 28 Locations Across U.S.

Large cost savings could be gained if federal leaders were encouraged to train their employees in the cities they work. Approximately 88% of the Federal Workforce is located outside of Washington D.C. This is better for the environment and will save the federal government in travel and per diem costs. Federal training already exists in 28 large cities through the Federal Executive Boards (www.Feb.Gov). FEB sponsored... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Carry over money across at least 1 fiscal year; aka, instead of the annual summer money waste, save it for next year

The fiscal year cycles have become inherently wasteful, and as a result very frustrating. The annual scenario: we start the fiscal year in October on a CR, too worried about unknown budgets to buy even essentials until after Christmas (which, of course, greatly affects productivity); local departmental budgets aren't known until at least January if not March, and when budgets are at last finalized, frantic calculating... more »

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Postal Service

Use USPS NOT FedEx for Government Savings and Security

At USDA/NASS we use FedEx all the time for packages and envelopes, especially for 'priority' deliveries. It’s no secret that the USPS is suffering. Instead of 'outsourcing' shipping AND bailing out the USPS why not keep all mail originating from federal offices in the federal system and use the USPS? The USPS offers the exact same services as FedEX and since it is in the federal system, in theory, our federally protected... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

STOP RENTING BUILDINGS AND BUY THEM!!!

The Transportation Security Administration has been occupying the same rental space (office buildings) since 2002. If the government would decide to BUY a building to house federal agencies, for their office space; that would be smarter financially for the future. Airports have been located in the same geographical areas for years; purchasing a building for office use, is just smarter business, in regards to saving... more »

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General Services Administration

Green Rooftops

I suggest creating rooftop gardens on Federal buildings. Most rooftops are ugly, empty space. Private corporations are starting to implement this idea including PNC, which created a living mural on the side on one of their buildings. City Hall in Chicago and also implemented a Green Rooftop. Only three GSA buildings currently have Green Rooftops. This idea can be implemented at any government owned facility. Divisions... more »

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Department of Energy

Innovative Office Supplies Program - Web-Based Agency Supply Clubs (ASCs)

Innovative Office Supplies Program - Web-Based Agency Supply Clubs (ASCs). This program is easy to implement, produces immediate savings, is quantifiable, reduces significant administrative burden, improves the speed of operations, saves money for taxpayers, and helps the environment. This program can produce widespread savings all across government for as long as government exists because every single employee, Federal... more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Flexible Work Environment

I propose we eliminate the 1950’s cube farm approach from our federal offices and create a more flexible work environment. There are two keys issues here I want to present: 1. Elimination of government issued desktop computer, desk phone, laptop and cell phone. With 67% of Americans of working age owning a personal laptop (and cell phone), government provided office hardware is a duplication of what our employees already... more »

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Department of Justice

Stop Paying Federal Benefits to Inmates

Stop Paying Federal Benefits to Inmates Ensure Federal Benefits Are Not Paid to Ineligible Incarcerated Individuals. To eliminate the waste of taxpayer money government wide and run the federal benefit programs with more efficiency and save money: (1) Identify all U.S. Federal Agencies having programs that provide individuals, or beneficiaries of individuals, with some form of federal benefit or federal aid. (2)... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Train Frequent Flying Feds as Air Marshals

Train qualified volunteer civil service employees from other agencies/components who already travel frequently. Many flights already carry civilian federal government employees cleared at or above the level required for Air Marshalls. Many of those frequent traveling feds are capable and willing of serving as a public safety officer on flights that they are already traveling. I recommend a process that would allow... more »

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Department of the Treasury

Combine Requests for Information to our Customers: i.e. Return Census and Tax Forms Together

The same information is often requested from multiple agencies (name, address, dependents, and income). Where possible combine forms across agencies to consolidate the requests we make of our customers. Immediate benefits will include: • Consolidate requests to our customers (in 2010 we submitted our tax and census requests within weeks of each other) • Reduce duplicate envelope cost, a more “green” approach •... more »

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Department of the Interior

Employee Incentive Program to Decrease Travel Expenses

I suggest you create an incentive program for traveling government employees to lodge at cheaper hotels in order to decrease travel expenses. I envision the incentive program being based on the amount that the lodging expense is under the maximum lodging rate. For example, The maximum lodging per diem rate in Pittsburgh is $119. At this time, a federal employee could stay at a Red Roof Inn for $62.99 per night. If the... more »

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