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Early out and buyout authority for 2 fiscal years

Early out and buyout authority for 2 fiscal years Grant federal agencies in executive branch authority to offer early outs and buyouts by reducing the highest salaries and benefits (S&B) expenditures. Most highly paid officials are eligible to retire or near retirement probably receiving close to the highest compensation in their level (e.g., about 72% of Senior Executive Service (SES) located in Washington, DC, a city ...more »

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Early out and buyout authority for 2 fiscal years

Early out and buyout authority for 2 fiscal years Grant federal agencies in executive branch authority to offer early outs and buyouts by reducing the highest salaries and benefits (S&B) expenditures. Most highly paid officials are eligible to retire or near retirement probably receiving close to the highest compensation in their level (e.g., about 72% of Senior Executive Service (SES) located in Washington, DC, a city ...more »

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Stop contracting office facilities

Stop contracting office facilities. Many of the rural communities where Forest offices sit, do not have existing infrastructure suitable for office space. When bids are competed local contractors usually can not compete with larger, national out of area contractors to build and maintain the facilities. Therefore the money from facility rental doesn't stay in the community as intended. It instead goes to larger out of ...more »

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Purchasing bottled water is wasteful

Stop purchasing bottled water for large campaign fires and other incidents. Use instead potable water trucks and canteens as fire crews have used in the past. Plastic bottled water is expensive. The bottles create waste, and can not always be recycled in the local communities where the fires are happening. For the most part field going fire fighters have to empty the water bottles in pack canteens anyway.

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Sync Real Property Inventory and INFRA/I-Web FRPP Cycles

The requirements for Real Property Inventory and INFRA/I-Web Federal Real Property Profile (FRPP) assessments overlap. For Real Property Inventory, we must physically verify the asset. For FRPP we must do an assessment of the asset. Real Property allows the use of the FRPP assessment for verification, HOWEVER, Real Property has a five year cycle that is currently in its 3rd year, whereas FRPP has a five year cycle that ...more »

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Green Power-Saving Computer Monitors

Older computer CRT monitors and displays are costly, heavy, and somewhat power hungry. Not to mention well out-of-date with the newer LCD and Flatscreens available to us. I suggest a CRT monitor recycle center be created (maybe outsourced) to receive and process the older systems for Mercury, plastic, metals and glass. A government truck could go around to locations to pick these up as they are collected. A program ...more »

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Going Green with landscapes

Most all government facilites have some kind of yard with grass and landscaping. I have found during some rain storms that some of these have city water sprinkler systems (timed) still working and what a waste of good water. I suggest rain reservoirs be installed on roofs of this facilites to caught rain water and then use gravity to feed the yards. A soil moisture detector could determine when the water needed to be ...more »

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Sell compostable materials (excess food) to local agrigulture

Food that goes uneaten on ships and in federal buildings (and other compostable materials, like paper plates and napkins) can be collected and sold to local agricultural entities. This way these items do not go to waste in a landfill and the local economy can benefit. Saw other posts on giving the food to the homeless, so if that is also done - compost items that are not safe to eat.

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Eliminate booking fees for travel

Let employees who travel book their own travel. With a given set of parameters, most people who use the internet can find cheap flights and hotels and go through the booking process on their own. Right now we spend time setting up the entire trip and then pay a fee for someone to book the travel for us using the information we already selected and using the credit card information that we already input into the system. ...more »

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Saving millions on emergency travel

I suggest the federal government look seriously at how we make emergency travel for wildfire fire fighters and other emergency responders. For the last 7 years I worked out of the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center as the Lead Dispatcher. It was not uncommon to make $250,000 worth of one way flights per month for MN folks leaving the state to assist in other parts of the US. The procedure was to make every flight reservation, ...more »

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