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Clearances should be transportable amongst government agencies

Security clearances are used by multiple agencies (DoD, DOE, DNFSB...) but there is no reciprocity between agencies. A Q-clearance granted by DoD should be "portable" if the employee goes to DOE and requires a Q-clearance for that job. Clearances are very expensive (paperwork, investigations, interviews, etc) and the delay in obtaining the new clearance prevents the employee from being fully productive when the join ...more »

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Four-Day Work Week

When most agencies went to a Compressed Work Schedule (CWS), Friday's are not very productive (almost a ghost town). If all Federal agencies would go to a 4-10 work week the following savings could be realized: (1) heating/cooling and energy reduction of Federal buildings; (2) reduced maintenance costs of Federal buildings; and (3) less wear and of Federal, State and local highways. In addition to the cost savings to ...more »

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Capability for All Government Employees to Telecommute

All federal employees should be able to work from home at any time (24/7) and when the weather or a personal situation requires it. Employees could be more productive and the government would not lose that productivity during weather-related office closures or local emergencies. All the benefits (environmental, personal, etc.) make this a smart, cost-saving move on the part of any 21st century enterprise.

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Allow more flex time/telework and let's make a virtual government

I suggest we make better use of the flex policy. As an example, the amount of telework days are limited to one per week for this office. I propose that there are some weeks where I could have worked every day from home. I understand that there are some weeks when I need to be in the office but we should allow the worker and supervisor the flexibility to make that decision. My personal savings each day I work from ...more »

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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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Enable Federal Employees To Use Lowest Available Airfares

My suggestion could result in millions of dollars in savings associated with: lower air travel costs, avoided baggage fees, and avoided charges from travel vendors for making airline reservations. I suggest you either require (preferred) or allow travelers to search for airfares on low-cost non-contract carriers such as Southwest Airlines out of airports within a reasonable driving distance and allow them to be reimbursed ...more »

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Increase the Use of Video Conferencing

I suggest increasing the use of video conferencing wherever possible within the government in order to decrease travel and travel expenses. Greater reliance on video conferencing would allow us to be "face to face" with the people we need to talk to without paying around $3,000 per person per week in travel expenses. Plus, this would reduce the amount of greenhouse gases created from flying from one site to another ...more »

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Put solar panels on government buildings

Put solar panels on all Government buildings in the South and West to save govt money and reduce mfg costs to encourage private use. It takes ~ 9 years to recoup costs of installing solar panels (not an issue for Govt who stays in buildings for decades). If there was a larger market for solar panels it would drive economies of scale to reduce costs to individuals (for home, small business, etc.).

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Increase Teleworking Wherever Possible

I suggest increasing teleworking (working from home) wherever possible within the government. This would not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions due to the reduction in driving; but it would also reduce the amount of space, rent, and utilities needed to house such employees. These employees would simply need a telework station to come to once a week or so for uploading needed information. In this case, even team meetings ...more »

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Simple But Effective - Recycling Office Supplies

Perhaps a cliché suggestion but the use, and misuse, of office supplies in the government is disturbing. The most notorious offender: plastic 3 ring binders. They can cost $10 each, and get thrown away like its nothing. Then, instead of reusing the binder, a new one is purchased. Another $10. A shiny new binder every time a report is printed for internal use is utterly ridiculous. It take 3 seconds to empty a binder, ...more »

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Instituting a "Wellness America" Project

I highly recommend that the federal government takes the lead and enforce in instituting a “Wellness America” project which will constitute all federal/private organizations/employees to implement and maintain a healthy lifestyle. This project, if implemented, will focus on the different issues we are experiencing like healthcare cost. This project is worth an investment as one way to reduce healthcare cost in the future ...more »

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