Department of Energy

Department of Energy

Lifecycle cost analysis

Encourage lifecycle cost analysis for capital improvement projects. Do not focus only on the current budget, but plan for years ahead. If a proposed project (let’s say changing light fixtures) costs 5 million dollars as a one-time cost, and would save 1 million a year, after five years the project will have paid for itself. I am confident the US Government will be here for a while, so why not invest now for cost savings... more »

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Use 360 degree evaluations

Use 360 degree performance evaluations. This will save money on multiple fronts: Often the poorest managers "manage up" fairly well and aren't recognized as being poor performers by THEIR bosses. This could help get rid of the worst and potentially turn around lifeless offices currently suffering under a poor manager thereby dramatically improving productivity. Additionally, 360's would help managers (and front line employees)... more »

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Travel Costs

Allow employees to make their own airline reservations when they can get a lower price than the government travel agency offers. Often times I can get the same plane reservation on a travel web site for hundreds of dollars less than what I end up paying with the government contracted provider. The employee could then be reimbursed for the cost of the plane ticket on their travel voucher, just like they are for other... more »

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Save Paper, Use Electronic Files

In procurement our official files are now all electronic files-yet the vast majority of individuals in the office still print paper copies- this is a huge waste of paper and totally unnecessary. Also, almost all of our jobs can be done remotely, yet telecommuting is not allowed in most cases.

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Government Security Clearances Be Recognized By TSA

I suggest that Federal Employees who have a current Security Clearance that has been performed as a requirement for their job and includes background and national agency checks and interviews should be allowed by the Transportation Safety Agency to go through minimal security screening and that their HSPD-12 Government ID be used for expeditious service. This would enhance security, reduce TSA costs, improve customer... more »

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Mandatory Telework Days

The Federal Government was closed in the D.C. area for four days in February during the blizzards of 2010. Rather than close the Federal Government altogether during bouts of inclement weather, implement “mandatory telework” days instead. I think those agencies that have established VPN capabilities for their employees should never have to close due to inclement weather when their employees are capable of working from... more »

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Eliminate the polygraph

Eliminate the polygraph which reduces national security by producing too many false positives, It thus eliminates qualified candidates and employees, and reduces morale and productivy. It causes money wasted on lawyers and shatters lives. It also threatens national security by providing false sense of security when one passes the polygraph, and the polygraph produces many false negatives. Its deterrent value is nil... more »

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Eliminate parking subsidies!

Eliminate the parking benefit and instead provide more incentives for biking/walking/public transportation. By making parking even cheaper for employees, we encourage driving. Instead, provide greater incentives for NOT driving, including more flexibility for telecommuting and condensed (i.e., 4-10) work weeks. The 4-10, as suggested by another person on this site, is also a great energy cost saver for buildings -... more »

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Common Suite of IT Services (Email, Sharepoint, etc)

Implement a common DOE federal IT service infrastructure. At the DOE, multiple Program Offices have IT spending authority, and as a result, they have implemented their own IT infrastructure. As a result, DOE has multiple email systems, multiple data centers, multiple help desks, multiple storage networks, multiple etc. In addition to the additional costs associated with operating separate IT systems / infrastructures,... more »

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Laptop-based computing

Consider making new computer purchases laptop-based. Laptops are portable for meetings, conferences, and telecommuting. Cyber security controls exist to lock down laptops to reduce concerns regarding data thefts. Laptops also reduce the need for Agencies to purchase and support separate home-based configurations for telecommuters. Cost reductions come from reducing the number of systems supported by Agencies with telecommuters.... more »

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Federally Facilitiated Energy Project Financing

I suggest that the government set up an office to raise private funds to invest in energy-saving capital upgrades to federal facilities. Saving energy is important, but it's also expensive. The current funding methods for energy-saving projects include appropriations and financing. With other priorities (including deficit reduction), appropriations are hard to come for. Current financing -- through Utilities (UESC... more »

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Turn off the lights!

I suggest that all government buildings be required to turn off the lights in the building after hours. I've seen too many federal buildings with their lights on in the middle of the night. It's shameful when we need to save money AND energy.

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