Department of Energy

Department of Energy

DOE National Laboratories (Government Owned and Operated)

Make all or the larger DOE national laboratories into government owned and operated laboratories (staffed by federal workers instead of contractors). This is common in DOD and I would suspect that the DOD laboratories are operated cheaper than the DOE laboratories (salaries and bonuses are less for federal employees).

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Multi-year budgets

a multi year budget process. The yearly budget process is often just that...a year long effort. The manpower expendature for budget development and justification on annually could be significantly reduced by having a three year budget. The annual effort for budget development and justification involves all hands across the organization to some extent. At least for research and development offices, where the investement... more »

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Computer Security through fewer passwords

Develop a single Federal Computer interface for employees. This can be done by creating a single federal log in page which allows linking to all other accounts without further logging in. We have developed a computer based work environment where we have a dozen or more separate and distinct user names and passwords (I currenlty have 12 I use regularly). Each user name and password has separate and distinct requirements... more »

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Use Shared Office Space and Telecommuting

The Department of Energy does not effectively promote or use shared office space and telecommuting to save operating costs, energy, resources, and impact to environment. By improving the frequency of telecommuting for employees, there would be less office spaces needed and setup designated shared offices to match schedules when employees need to attend the main office. This would work at the Department of Energy’s -... more »

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An Idea to Save Heating and Cooling Costs and Reduce Greenhouse-Gas Emissions

The problem: Many people who work in government operated buildings often feel that the rooms in these buildings are too hot in winter and too cold in summer. The thermostats in many of these buildings either do not work or cannot be adjusted. It is very strange, inconvenient, and wasteful to have to wear short sleeves in the office and then have to bundle up going home or outside during the cold winter, and to have to... more »

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Save files electrionically

Save all paper documents electrionically into shared drive and for employees who telework can access shared file to pull documentation and save their work in shared drive.

 

This will save millions on printing paper, ink replacement costs, printer maintence expense, frees up storage room and save storage expenses

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Put desktops to sleep or Hibernation when not in use.

Many areas are forced to leave there computer turned on for patching, backups and other maintenance reasons. Everyone knows it’s a waste of electricity but this maintenance that needs to be done and nobody wants to be slowed down during the day. If we were to require that all the systems have Wake-on-LAN enabled these systems could be put in a low power mode when not in use, and then "awakened" for all the needed maintenance... more »

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Roof top solar panel installation

I suggest placing solar panels on roofs of government buildings to generate electricity and greatly reduce the monetary cost while being kinder to our environment. The NIH, for example, had monthly electricity bills in the millions several years ago.

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Change the look of government credit cards to help prevent fraud and abuse.

Change the look of the government travel card and purchase card. This is NO COST, and should help with fraud and abuse. I review the misuse report for the travel card. I often hear that the card resembles their personal card. There is NO COST to the government to request the banks to change the color and enlarge the wording on the card. A bright solid colored card with large letters across the entire card which reads:... more »

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Elimination and/or Reduction of Leased Space

The Department of Energy as well as other Federal Agencies (for both Federal & Contractor staff) are expending millions of tax dollars on leased space; of which is not fully occupied. My suggestion is to mandate that Government owned buildings must be utilized first; secondly all leased space needs to re-justified (lease vs goverment owned); and thirdly all leased space must be fully utilized (consolidatation and/or... more »

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Green Lighting

I suggest that all new government buildings be constructed utilizing "daylighting" technology in place of flourescent lighting where practical. "Daylighting" refers to the use of products ranging from skylights to polycarbonate glass substitutes. These products spread light efficiently throughout the day while blocking UV rays. This would significantly cut energy consumption during daylight hours while encouraging... more »

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Stop Sending Paper documents

Stop requiring submission of information to our oversight agencies in paper form. Information can be submitted either via media with accompanying cover letter, or encrypted and emailed to the agency for processing. When we submit information, it must be sent in paper form, which is then scanned and entered into their tracking database. Seems like creating a PDF or PDF-A of the submission which is forwarded electronicly,... more »

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Safe On Site Wind Energy Using Vertical Axis Wind Turbines To Offset Energy Costs

With the current national emphasis to move toward green energy, I suggest the installation of Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (VAWT) on Government buildings around the nation. These turbines would provide electrical power directly to the buildings, thereby reducing the amount of electricity drawn from the utility grid. This offset could save millions in power bills across all agencies. Unlike conventional wind turbines... more »

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