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Four Tens instead of 5 days

Make all non emergency government agencies go to four ten hour days with every friday off. The buildings could shut down a day early and save millions in energy costs. Also, environmental benefits would be substantial by keeping cars off the road an extra day.

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Fuel or Electricity Savings

Shut hot water taps off in toilet rooms of government buildings. I notice Americans absent-mindedly wasting hot water when washing hands when cold water is all that is necessary. Indeed bacteria grow in water temperatures of 100-120 deg F much more readily than they do in colder water. Fuel to operate boilers or electricity used to heat water could be spared, saving taxpayers thousands of dollars and the environment from ...more »

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Email Free Friday

I sugget an Email Free Friday each month. People are getting spoiled and lazy in using email within the office. Having an email free Friday would promote person to person contact and allow workers to use their communications skills.

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Geothermal Heating/Cooling

In all new or smaller governement buildings (retrofit), use geothermal heating/cooling systems. A geothermal heat pump or ground source heat pump (GSHP) is a central heating and/or cooling system that pumps heat to or from the ground. It uses the earth as a heat source (in the winter) or a heat sink (in the summer). This design takes advantage of the moderate temperatures in the ground to boost efficiency and reduce ...more »

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new jobs, civil works projects

we have an economic crisis and unemployment crisis that are putting a lot of families through hard times. when american families struggle the government also struggles by lack of tax revenue.we also have lots of public works projects that need to be done as well. seems if you marry the two we might have an answer. what about creating a civil contruction corps, made up of people who either have skills or need job skills, ...more »

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Convert Unused Use-It-Or-Lose-It Leave to Total Time in Service

The imperative to use "use-it-or-lose-it" Personal Leave at the end of a calendar year can be counter-productive throughout the Federal Workforce. Federal offices are sometimes burdened with time-critical work at the end of a calendar year, and yet they must deal with significantly reduced staffing -- partly due to workers taking personal leave to enjoy year-end holidays, and partly due to workers taking personal leave ...more »

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Stop Printing Cover Sheets

In my office, with every document that is printed, a cover sheet with our username is printed as well. Most of our work is non-classified, and I know that in two years, I have collected over a ream of these cover sheets. I suggest that cover sheets for non-classified printing be abolished.

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Electronic Project Documents

Eliminating most hard copies of project review documents would significantly reduce production costs as well as waste paper. Each project requires minimum 3 reviews during design phase, and each review consists of 10-20 copies of 2,000 pages of drawings and specs. That's $15,000 per project when you include shipping. Electronic submittals would greatly reduce costs.

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The EPA presently does not use value methodology unless a project is over $25 million. Typical Value Engineering practices can s

The EPA presently does not use value methodology unless a project is over $25 million. Typical Value Engineering practices can save 10%-20% of total project cost if applied. The threshold VM/E limit should be lowered to $2 million to capture additional savings of tax payers funding. The present VE screen processes are not of true value as believed. In other words if the VE/M process is truly followed a minim of 10% savings ...more »

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Eliminate ACE-IT

Eliminate the ACE-IT organization in the Corps of Engineers. They are costing the Corps hundreds of millions over budgeted cost. Management is non existant and the Corps is being charged 4 to 5 times the commercial rate for IT equipment. (One small example: a basic $2200 computer purchased at Best Buy is being charged to the Corps at $7000 -- multiply this by 50,000 Corps employees) This is just the tip of the iceberg, ...more »

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National Power Grid, Water, Internet Work Projects fashioned like the "Manhatten Project" during WW II

Many unemployed would sign up to support national work projects to build a smarter energy grid, or water transport system, or internet and communications networks. It would build our infrastructure and put people to work. It can be overseen by our existing Corps of Engineers or the like. Let's get it on!

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