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Convert all approval documents to PDF using digital signatures

SAVE: Time, Money and the Environment. 1. The amount of time spent printing and walking/sending around documents that require signatures of approval is immeasurable. These documents include memos, cover sheets, requests for annual leave, timesheets, budget spreadsheets, purchase orders, contractual agreements, scheduling requests, etc. In most cases, these documents are printed and then hand delivered to be hand ...more »

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Please save our eyes! Replace our tiny computer screens

Pay respect and attention to the critical eye health of employees. Most of us in my federal agency are working 8-10 hr days on tiny computer screens. The extra investment into large screens per user will be paid back in a short time cycle based on increased productivity, efficiency, less time downdue to eye strain and headaches, improved morale, etc.

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International Air Travel - Cut Travel Costs by Up to 50% by Shifting from Full-Fare to Restricted Ticketing

At USAID, Operating Expense funds, which pay for direct-hire employee travel, are always limited. However, we regularly purchase more expensive, full-fare plane tickets for international travel, because that class of tickets allows us to change the ticket with no fee. In my past six years with USAID, I have only changed my ticket a handful of times. It would be less expensive to pay the $100 - $300 change fee on ...more »

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Twenty-first Century Job-sharing

Job-sharing - Promote it! Have HR and technical management work together to help parties create these teams. There are many near-retirees, juggling parents, colleagues strapped with elder-care, persons who want or need to live outside of the region, etc. that would sign up for job-sharing. A number of federal employees stay on the job because they don't want to lose health and retirement benefits but are frazzled. ...more »

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Require the use of e-signatures more

Institute the use of e-signatures so employees don't have to print out and sign forms, memos, etc.... This will reduce paper usage and potentially improve workflow as a document can move much faster electronically than being walked from office to office.

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Heating and cooling in relation to severity of outside temperatures saves energy and money!

Everything is relative. I suggest we provide relative comfort when setting thermostats for heating and cooling. If it's 100 degrees outside, then an A/C setting of 75 or 80 provides plenty of comfort. At 68 or even 70, that's too cold - and makes us want to put on a sweater in summer. In the winter, if the outside temperature is well below freezing, then a thermostat setting of 55 or 60 will feel plenty warm. If it's ...more »

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Reduce paper usage, buy e-Readers

Purchase e-Readers like the Kindle or Nook for employees use for training materials or other lengthy documents. When employees go to training courses now, you always end up with a big binder (or two) full of paper which sits on your shelf that you might refer to occasionally or gets thrown away. Instead of buying all of these binders and printing all of these training materials for courses, give employees e-Readers ...more »

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close the gap on temperatures in metro and public buildings

Turn down the AC in metro cars and office buildings to decrease the gap in outside and inside temperatures. People dress for the temps of the season, then ride on metro and sit in their location of employment all day wrapped in ratty sweaters and bundled in shawls. Productivity goes down when employees are physically uncomfortable, as well as creates negative impacts in health and morale. In addition, outside guests ...more »

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Identify Talented Staff and Empower Them

We need a better system in place in the Federal government to identify talent amongst us. So many folks with so much potential are not noticed amongst us and we lose out on the possible benefits this person could provide to the federal government.

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Encourage Staff to Use Their Brains

Funny yes.. but true. Thinking outside the box is a missing element so much for folks working inside the "system". The success' and efficiencies in the private sector come from freedom of thought and inspiration that is sometimes hard to find in government employees. We need to foster ideas that foster ideas!

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Professional level mandated telecommuting

For any federal employee at the level of a GS9 or a FS 4 mandate 8 hours per week for telecommunting. Very few positions could not handle this with very very little coordination and management. More productivity would be gained and less transport stress on "the system".

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Office Square Footage Reduction in Federal Government

To promote cost efficiencies in working with the federal government, it is wise to create a model of efficient land use and city planning related to the massive square footage federal agencies require for large buildings. While cloud computing, server consolidation and off-site storage of servers, is a method for arriving at less square footage requirements for office space, the federal government does not use efficient ...more »

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