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Transit Benefits for Bikes

Commuters should be able to receive transit benefits for bikes in lieu of Metro benefits. These could go towards bike maintenance, or to pay for bike storage lockers at Metro stations. At just $0.55/day for a bike locker, this is a third of what I currently receive to take a bus instead. By encouraging commuters to bike, and making it easier to do so, savings could be realized not just in less SmartBenefits being paid ...more »

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Common Sense

Build an extensive intercity train system.

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Improve public transport system in major cities

We need better public transport system like more buses in new routes, trains, metro in new destinations and train service between cities. For example train fare between New York and DC is way high compared to driving. This will save the environment from pollution, reduce dependency of our country on gas and reduce stress while driving for long hours. After improving public transport system, the government can increase ...more »

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Automate FAA’s application and certification processes

Automate a web based process so the public can make application for aircraft certification, design and production certification and government personnel and review and process the data electronically. Currently the public must submit a application for aircraft certification, design and production certification using paper forms. Signed “inked” applications and associated data are mailed or hand delivered to the FAA. ...more »

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Virtual Training

With the large number of current employees retiring and a new crop entering, training needs are going to be substantial. In addition to this, travel costs have been increasing. In order to save money, all Federal agencies should further utilize virtual training opportunities. For example, all of our Regional offices are set up for video conferencing, however we seldom utilize it for training purposes. Those offices who ...more »

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Smartphone for accident standby @ the FAA

I would suggest supplying a smartphone for those on accident standby. I personnally have a droid from verizon and it comes with alot of free apps including the gps navigation system. This is highly needed to get to accident sites and would eliminate the need for a separate gps and other endless possibilities the phone has to offer.

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Temperature Control

With the heat index it was about 105 degrees yesterday (Thursday, July 8). Many employees in the DOT HQ's building had sweaters on to stay warm and in some cases were using blankets! If the Federal government is serious about conserving energy, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and cutting costs - I would suggest adjusting the AC systems in all Federal buildings to a reasonable temperature.

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SAVE Money by cutting Travel Costs

Have Federal Departments use a strategy that encourages their administrations to match employees to work assignments that are in their living areas or near their homes so travel costs to jobsites and projects is greatly reduced. Instead of having a federal employee travel from Alaska to California to work on a design or installation project just hire and train someone in California to do the job. This idea may not be ...more »

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Increase Computer Based Training

Typically I attended three training classes a year at the FAA Academy at a cost of approximately $2000 to cover my travel/food/lodging a for a one week course. Most of these courses are nothing more than the transfer of information and there are no actual hands on practical experience from the courses. I feel the government should increase the utilization of computer based training. The savings for me alone would be ...more »

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Printing

Default all network multi-function printers to double-sided printing. If someone prefers a single-sided copy they can manually change the default, as most of us do now to print on both sides. This will save paper and toner.

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Airfare

Make a deal with all airlines to allow government employees making reservations through SATO to use the nonrefundable fare rate yet be refundable to the government.

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