Campaign: Department of Agriculture

Use premium American-made synthetic lubricants in all government vehicles.

I suggest that all government vehicles be required to use an engine oil with a spec equivalent to Mobile 1 Extended Performance, which is guaranteed for 15,000 miles between oil changes. The engine oil in most government vehicles is changed every 3,000 miles. I use the oil I am recommending here in my personal vehicle, and do 1 oil change for every 4 to 5 that the government does on their vehicles. By the way, because ...more »

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Waste of Agency Funds

Stop allowing government leadership and administrators to purchase new furniture, as they have been doing. There are warehouses full of perfectly good government furniture. Budgets are shrinking, yet Senior Executive Service personnel and even management personnel down to GHS-14's in USDA are allowed to purchase new office furniture without utilizing furniture at hand in government stockpiles. Their egos are spending ...more »

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Light-colored vehicles

Buy light colored vehicles. The black vehicles traditionally purchased for government use add to the heat of area they are in, particularly in the summer. This applies to all agencies. You do not have a generic category for all agencies.

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Roofs--paint white or convert to green roofs

Paint any black roofs white or off-white. This would reduce the heat generated by buildings on hot summer days. The other option is to convert roofs into green roofs. This would help cool the buildings. If feasible employees could have gardens on the roofs.

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Office Rental vs. Ownership

Phase out the rental of office buildings where reasonable. Often the cost of rental a building will exceed the cost of construction in just a few years and the landlord stands to make quite of good return over the length of building occupancy.

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Open source is not free, but it is close

I suggest the government move to open source software whenever an upgrade is scheduled. Employees already have to deal with new menus and features during upgrades, and most mature open source software has a similar look and feel as proprietary offerings. Therefore, the learning curve would not be too steep and there was going to be a learning process anyway when the upgrade happened.

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Reduce Surveys and Their Cost

USDA and other Departments collect sales and other data from farmers and businesses via mailed surveys every year. If sales, production, prices, and other income related data are included as part of annual income tax filing, then these expensive surveys may no longer be necessary or as lengthy. This way, all farmers or businesses will submit data, not only a sample from major States as annual surveys usually do. In ...more »

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Unnecessary Uniform Allowances

I suggest that the Government agencies that require their employees to wear uniforms, rethink this. Not all employees are frontliners nor need to be identified as Goverment employees. Many folks use there uniform allowance to stock up on Stetsons or socks for retirement. When you are legitimately required to wear a uniform, your needs should be individually evaluated and everyone does not need the same allowanance. ...more »

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GOV TRIP - Utilize Commercial Online Travel Booking - NOT GOVTRIP - AND GET COMMERCIAL FARES !

By using an online commercial travel booking service such as Travelocity or Orbitz we could save millions - literally. By using GovTrip we are wasting millions of dollars by 1. untold employee hours (and likely the most money) wasted due to poor website application functionality, 2. not being able to book the least expensive options, 3. the cost of the application itself, 4. difficulty in processing travel vouchers after ...more »

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