Campaign: Department of Commerce

Reduce Paper Usage, Save $1B+

Having worked with multi-agencies over the last 3 yrs, I came to realize that US Govt uses more paper than anyone else in the nation. We use paper, ink, printers, and faxes which probably amount to quarter billion dollars alone annually, when taken in amount the cost of items, human hours put in to turn the paper in electronic data, (and when not needed anymore), to file, to recycle/shred, and garbage disposal etc it ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Commerce

Duplicate Entry

Duplicate Entry Flagged to Be Removed

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Campaign: Social Security Administration

REQUESTING SSA PUBLICATIONS-STREAMLINE THE OPTIONS

Currently, as a Teleservice Representative for the Social Security Administration, I have access to a large supply of paper fact sheets and publications that are stored in our supply room. I even have a somewhat dust-covered supply on my desk and in my file cabinets. I think we can save shipping costs and the paper used to produce these SSA publications and fact sheets if we focus on using the Public Information ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Homeland Security

UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRATION SOLUTION: SELF FUNDED DETERRENT PREVENTING THE HIRING OF UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS

I suggest a new type of proactive solution in the form of an enforcement system to deter the hiring of undocumented workers (illegal aliens, deportable/inadmissible aliens) through self funded economic incentives (monetary rewards) generated by fines. It will encourage the public to report violators and discourage employers from hiring undocumented workers. A percentage of the fines levied on employers of undocumented ...more »

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UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRATION SOLUTION: SELF FUNDED DETERRENT PREVENTING THE HIRING OF UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS

I suggest a new type of proactive solution in the form of an enforcement system to deter the hiring of undocumented workers (illegal aliens, deportable/inadmissible aliens) through self funded economic incentives (monetary rewards) generated by fines. It will encourage the public to report violators and discourage employers from hiring undocumented workers. A percentage of the fines levied on employers of undocumented ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Health and Human Services

Paper and Printing Reduction: Mega Ideas!!!

Lots of ideas to reduce paper and printing costs: Duplex (double-sided) printing default, no more glossy paper, print 2 pages per side of paper, reduce graphics, use most economical print font, no more personal printers, raise print consciousness via emailed policy and agenda item at all-hands meetings.

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Campaign: Legislative Branch

Revist the prison island solution as it worked with Australia. We could use Mars.

Australia is a unique among the nations of the world because it originated as a prison island. In the 17th and 18th century the British took their common criminals and other prisoners halfway across the world to Australia. There they would leave them with some supplies, and the prisoners, all alone, began to cultivate the island. Also many of the prisoners became shepherds. They began to raise many, many sheep. Sheep ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Veterans Affairs

Scratch This! (Pad, that is).

I have a suggestion to save money - government wide. I call it "Scratch this! (pad, that is)." This is a very simple idea with huge cost-savings. When I was in the private sector, I worked at a hotel/resort that conducted business with a printing company (letterhead, business cards, etc.) We were constantly steno pads, tablets of paper, etc., for folks to jot down notes (even though those notes were of a temporary ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Defense

Reduce Paper-Printer Use- Buy a Kindle

Reducing the reliance of an organization on printed documents requires a level of commitment that challenges preconceived notions and established norms of managing documents. Create a requirement for all government agencies to migrate towards document digitalization by minimizing the reliance on printed media. Reducing the bulk of printed documents across the government saves not only untold millions in ink and paper ...more »

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Paper Save

Every Government employee refrains from printing just one sheet of "letter" sized paper per day for each of the next 365 days. This would save a minimum of $50M per year assuming paper at 6-7cents.

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Campaign: Department of Veterans Affairs

Make Electronic Filing Work to save money and paper

this is a small idea, but it would save money and paper.... we have switched to electronic filing, but there are two ways in which we have not caught up. (1) we continue to be provided with sets of 3 file labels which are printed out before the case is assigned. One label is on the litigation folder, the other two are placed inside the folder for labelling the record on appeal, despite the fact that we no longer need ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Health and Human Services

Stop Ordering Phone Books

Stop ordering pallets of local phone books! Send an email for request, and then obtain an exact number requested, no more. We will find that most people do not need or want a phone book, and many only take it because it is sitting there so they feel they might as well, but they would never have gone out of their way to request it because they don't need it. Save the money and the paper.

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