Department of Homeland Security

BALANCING LIFE AND THE MISSION: COMPRESSED SCHEDULING IN LAW ENFORCEMENT

Over the past few decades, many state and municipal law enforcement departments across the country have studied the advantages and disadvantages of implementing a compressed work schedule (CWS) for their uniformed officers and agents. “Lateral thinking,” coined by Edward de Bono (1970) is a set of approaches and techniques designed to find radically new approaches to problems - to come at them from the side rather than ...more »

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Too HOT, but way COOL

Many government office buildings are kept too cold in the summer, and too hot in the winter. It is not uncommon to see employees in sweaters in federal offices in the summer. This not only uses excessive energy, but sets a bad example for the general public. All agencies would save significant overhead costs for utilities by adjusting building temperatures a few degrees warmer in the summer (encouraging wearing short ...more »

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Judicial Branch

Prisoners Grow Their Own Food

Prisoner self-provisioning, whether in govern run or privately operated facilities, require prisoners to grow and produce their own food. It is much cheaper for taxpayers to provide the "starts" for growing their own sustanance. In growing and providing for their own sustanence, we are also educating and training them in job skills. Reduces costs for support of prisons and prisoners. Increases job skills of prisoners ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Strongly encourage all Federal Prisons to grow their own produce and compost the excess waste.

There are many federal prisons that have enough space to effectively grow enough vegetation to reduce the amount of produce purchased from outside sources. This would also help the environment by decreasing the amount of fuel used to ship and transport produce purchased on a weekly basis. The compost would be an asset to the earth and help to replenish and stabilize nutrients within the ground. The consumption of ...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 the Treasury

DIGITIZE FAXING!

Agency Wide Shared Services (AWSS) should make an electronic fax service available to all areas of government. Faxing is currently time-consuming and expensive - and think of all the paper that’s wasted! Better technology is available and it’s time we put it to use. Ideally, the process would be as straightforward as sending electronic, unprinted documents online (via E-mail possibly). And we would be able to receive ...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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Department of Health and Human Services

Start Recycling Styrofoam

Here at the CDC we have recently acquired a Styrocycler that compresses expanded polystyrene foam (EPS) packaging (commonly known as Styrofoam™) into blocks that are 2% of the size of its previous volume. The blocks are then recycled by a vendor to create new EPS products, resulting in a closed loop material cycle. It’s great because it keeps all the Styrofoam out of our dumpsters and landfills. It saves plenty of money ...more »

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Federal Communications Commission

Stop printing CFRs, e-version is better

Save money? simple, stop printing hard copies of the Code of Federal Regulation. At least here at the FCC, we don't use those books, we use the e-version instead, yet each employee gets full hard copies of Title 47 CFR. This is my third year with the FCC and I have 15 thick books that I don't use because they are all available on the web. In fact, everyone is encouraged to use the electronic version of the code of federal ...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 Homeland Security

Default Double-Sided Printing

Set all printers at the Nebraska Avenue Complex (DHS HQ) to print double-sided. I know it sounds simple but for a lot of internal documents double-sided pages would not inhibit productivity in the least. Of course for official documents it can be adjusted to single-sided. If it is subsequently implimented across the entire federal government would not only save millions of dollars a year in paper costs but also reduce ...more »

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Department of Defense

OUTLAW FAXES

Get rid of fax machines!!! They are so "20th century". They take more time, cost more money, chew up floor space, suck up electricity.

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Department of the Interior

Original Idea and simple! Battery RE-use Program (Dry Cell - AAA, AA, C, D, 9V)

Many offices have a battery recycling program, where people can dispose of spent batteries. There are many devices that stop working once the battery reaches a certain amount of use, such as digital cameras, two way radios, etc. These batteries still hold enough charge to operate non-high tech devices, such as flashlights, remote controls, am/fm radios. I bought a battery tester and many of the batteries that people deposit ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Work Camps

Unemployment in this country is at emergency levels. Welfare recipients need not just be given food, clothing and housing, but they need to learn some valuable life skills. Since this is an emergency, I suggest that FEMA set up camps (similar to those set up for hurricanes and natural disasters) that are designed to put the welfare recipients to work. Anyone who wants to receive free government benefits is welcome ...more »

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Small Business Administration

Buy the truth and sell it not

With 40% of the employees approaching retirement, more focus should be given to retaining their experience and wisdom by sharing and mentoring others, especially potential managers. Transitioning into training programs should begin as early as possible.

 

A database of procedures with as much descriptive information should also be availble to help trainees to find established "tried and true" methods and procedures

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