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Release Census Address Files

Currently, Census Address Files are not in the public domain. Releasing only the list of address, while protecting personal privacy, would be a boon to private sector while saving other governement agencies resources since they are paying to develop these same addesss lists. For example the broad band mapping program is spending many millions, a nationwide address file would save them millions since they need not compile ...more »

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At NOAA the grants process is online; applicants apply online and much of the grant process is handled online.

 

We need a mostly online process for contracts as well.

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Eliminate use of styrofoam and plastic bags in cafeterias/restaurant of Fed buildings. Even if a contractor runs the sevice, require use of recyclable cardboard containers, paper cups and bags. Require them to offer cost incentive for people who bring their own food or beverage containers. Require recyling in all Fed cafeterias. Offer incentives to adjacent food service places to use recyclable or re-use (bring your ...more »

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I suggest you...

On this website, on the submit ideas screen, Under category selection - allow "ALL ORGS" as an option.

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Reduce Travel and Per Diem by use of VTC.

I suggest that travel costs can be reduced by the use of more Video Tele-conferencing (VTC). People can get together without the expense of airfare, hotels, per diem etc. This should become the first consideration where a meeting will last fewer than three days.

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Limit expenditures on office consumables

Implement a per FTE cap on office supplies. As an example, teachers often receive only $100-$200 a year for their classrooms; why not impose a similar limit for federal employees? If the supply of office consumables was restricted, staff would find greater efficiencies for their use (and re-use).

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Default to Double-sided Printing

Set double-sided printing as the default setting for printers. While the goal should be to print as little as possible, printing is sometimes necessary in order to work efficiently. We can drastically reduce the amount of paper used, however, by setting government printers to default to double-sided printing, and lock in this setting if possible so that employees cannot change it back to single-sided printing. In offices ...more »

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private vendors on campus

Government facilities should start allowing more private vendors into the campuses or facilities. The revenue from these lease agreements then could be reinvested to offset the operating cost of the facilities or for improving current structures. This could also have an added benefit, as the employees will tend to say on campus if the goods that they are requesting are nearby. For instance I know of a few government facilities ...more »

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Supplies

Look around, how many pens do you have? Maybe 7 per employee on average? Office supplies are a major source of waste as each person uses far more than they actually need each year. Obviously everyone needs a few pens, but I am sure everyone could cut their personal supply use by $50/year.

 

If everyone makes a small cut (few pennies each day) its impact across the full federal government will be huge.

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Fleet of USG automobiles

Evaluate the numbers of automobiles throughout the USG and see what can be done to cut down on the number of official USG cars. Many autos are not associated with transporting high-ranking Cabinet officials.

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Put Travel in the Hands of Workers

One thing that has frustrated me over the course of my 15+ years of federal service is the way in which we book travel. In this day and age, the use of a travel agency to book and manage travel is antiquated and unnecessarily costly. Although it may be useful for a small portion of federal employees, the vast majority are capable of handling their own travel arrangements. Empowering employees to book and manage their ...more »

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Stop Running Contests. Start Making Changes.

Stop running contests. Start making changes. We probably waste more time (hence money) running contests and evaluating ideas than we save. It's great to have a web site to gather suggestions and rate them. But we should start making lots of changes and not focus on the one winner.

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