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Use Free or Cheaper Software

Look into free or cheap open source software alternatives to replace proprietary software packages. Often, people have professional level, expensive products like Photoshop when they could get by with a cheaper desktop or web-based alternative.

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Energy Savings

Would it be practical and cost effective if there was a mandate that all federal workers worked from home at least once a week. I would think this would at least cut energy cost.

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Require all copiers to print, by default, two sided black and white without banner page

Require all Federal Agencies by management decision and/or to place into copier contracts the provision that, by default, all printing will be two-sided black and white without banner page unless the individual overtly changes printing preferences. Tremendous waste of paper, ink and color copy print charges (2.3c B/W versus 9.7c per copy cost on average) exists when employees blindly prints copies because most copiers ...more »

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Redistribution of Government owned art and collectibles

The government owns collectable items, autographed documents, art work, furnishings, and other tangible goods that it pays substantial funds annually to store and protect, but which are essential invisible and unused by the public or by agencies. Recommend a 5 to 10 year program to sell (or perhaps lease) these items to both generate revenue and reduce costs? Perhaps the Mount Vernon Ladies Association would pay to ...more »

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Video Conference for Town Hall Meetings

I suggest the President host webchats/video conferences in town halls instead of actually going to the town on occasion. The security cost would be much less. Secret Service could remain in Washington with the President. The travel expenses of the President via Air Force One would be eliminated. The President would have more time to work, as he is not traveling.

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IT Security Authorizations

I suggest that the federal government have a repository of IT Systems that have been security authorized so other federal agencies could leverage them. This would reduce effort from other agencies that need to do the same authorization.

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Executive Order to Control Earmarks

Earmark process is inappropriate, extra-constitutional, and adding $50 billion to $100 billion a year to deficits. Executive order is needed stating -- the President and the Agencies shall not execute funds appropriated that were submitted or requested through OMB. The President may make line item exceptions, at the recommendation of any agency head, provided that agency head provides a budget offset that is accepted ...more »

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Citizen Oversight Program

I suggest you consider an initiative that enables knowledgeable citizen volunteers, including retired federal employees, to conduct on-site observations of agency operations in order to provide common-sense ideas to help Government do its job better and save money.

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Create Incentives for Fed Workforce to Save Mone

Incentivize cost reduction in execution of federal programs. Today inertia, risk averse budgeting, and the Anti-Deficiency Act lead to static, over-stated baselines as agencies and programmed budget line item managers pad (fudge) their estimates. If the extra budget is not required for intended program the funds are obligated to other administrative areas or or applied to next years programs, rolling forward a fudgable ...more »

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Single Accounting standard for Federal, state, and local governments

The Federal government has spent countless dollars tracking the stimulus money that has been transferred to state and local governments. I have been advocating, since the early 1980's, that (like the private sector) the public sector should have a single government-wide accounting standard, based on generally accepted accounting princlples (GAAP), for federal, state, and local governments. This single public sector GAAP-based ...more »

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Centralized Federal Desktop Core Configuration Testing

The Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC) mandated by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requires federal agencies to standardize desktop configurations. Currently testing for the FDCC is being done agency by agency, and in some agencies is being done at even finer levels so that there is much duplication. It seems to me that it would save considerable time if applications were tested for FDCC compliance ...more »

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make paperless systems paperless

Require proper use of "paperless" systems, in addition to simply requiring their nominal placement. Our agency has implemented a number of systems with e-signatures to speed approvals & routing. However, the way these systems are often used is worse than manual. Secretaries prepare things electronically, print them, walk paper around for signatures, scan them back in and then sign for managers who do not work in the ...more »

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Revamp the federal hiring process

Entirely revamp the federal hiring process. Federal agencies have a terrible time hiring skilled individuals because the hiring process disconnects applicants and hiring officials. The massive load of application "points" veterans carry (without adequate job skills) further challenges employers to hire skilled staff. Fix this and the rest will follow.

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