Department of Homeland Security

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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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Postal Service

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Use USPS NOT FedEx for Government Savings and Security

At USDA/NASS we use FedEx all the time for packages and envelopes, especially for 'priority' deliveries. It’s no secret that the USPS is suffering. Instead of 'outsourcing' shipping AND bailing out the USPS why not keep all mail originating from federal offices in the federal system and use the USPS? The USPS offers the exact same services as FedEX and since it is in the federal system, in theory, our federally protected ...more »

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Department of the Treasury

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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 the Interior

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Simplify IT security - One userid and one password per employee

Reduce the number of userids and passwords needed to access computer systems. Having 42 - yes, 42! - different password requirements to operate on all the platforms that I access is anything but secure. Let me use ONE userid, not the 5 I currently need, and ONE password, not the 42 I currently need. Would greatly reduce the ability to forget/lose this information, the need to "write" it down, etc.

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Department of Health and Human Services

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Power down computers when not in use!

Encourage computer users to shut down computers at night if they are not in use. This will not only save the power that the computer uses while sitting idle, but it will cause the computer to generate less heat, meaning cooling systems will also use less power as well. A hidden benefit is that the computers will last longer before component failure, as just being on, whether in use or not, ages the computer faster than ...more »

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Department of Agriculture

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Fix OCIO (IT OR ITS)

The ITS Staff we have in this state is swamped with work; when we pay $3500/year to service each computer and don’t get things fixed it slows us down. Therefore we can’t do our job effectively, which in turn, wastes taxpayer’s money. It seems ineffective to pay so much money per computer when we have to wait long periods of time to get things fixed and do our job properly. I have spent many hours with IT trying to get ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

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Better balance security with employee productivity and functionality.

Security has run amok. It's important, but so is productivity. Need to better gauge risk before implementing changes that affect ability to get work done rather than automatically implementing every precaution regardless of risk level vs. impact on the organization. Savings would be in reduced need to troubleshoot and adapt existing applications in a constantly-changing security environment as well as increased productivity. ...more »

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Department of Agriculture

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Telework LIbrary/ Telecommuting Station

Government offices considering a new telework program should factor in that those employees will at some time need to report in person. A telework library could be set aside to allow a rotation of those employees who will not have a regular desk. This will help to save space when figuring the budget. In addition retirees could be utilized in telework positions as sources for advice according to their expertise and monitored ...more »

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Executive Office of the President

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Electronic Signature-A GREEN Cost Saving Initiative

Update the E-Sign Act of 2001 requiring electronic signature on all documents and accompanying storage within 5 years. Savings in paper, mailing costs, fax machines, paper storage (it is a MAJOR GREEN initiative). Efficiency is increased by seamless transfer of information at the speed of the network. Security is increased by electronic encryption of documents. Federal acceptance will jump start private sector for major ...more »

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Legislative Branch

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Federal Agencies Buy Products made in the USA as a Mandatory Source of Supply

It should be mandatory that all Federal agencies must try to purchase products made or assembled in the United States before buying products made else where. All motor vehicles purchased by the federal government should have the vehicle identification number (VIN) start with the number "1" when purchased. It's time to bring American jobs back home, The federal government needs to upgrade the industrial base in this ...more »

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Department of Commerce

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Citizenship

Clearly define benefits of citizenship and eliminate financial gifts to any person who is not a citizen of the United States of America. Eliminating housing, food, medical, utility and cash dollars to anyone not born or naturalized as a citizen of the US will save the government millions of dollars. State governments that provide assistance directly to any person could instead provide dollars to fund community help such ...more »

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Department of Defense

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Security Clearance Duplication

Tons of money is spent on security clearances. Each agency does not accept the others and redo the entire process. Then it is put into one of many different databases, each of which has to be maintained and staffed. Each agency should be forced to accept another investigation and use only one database to store all clearances.

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