Use Open Source Software. Replace MS Office with OpenOffice to start with. Replace MS Windows with Linux (Ubuntu for example.) Replace Photoshop with GIMP. There is a free, open-source equivalent to virtually all commercial software products.
I have noticed when the attorney’s go home for the day they do not turn off the lights in their offices.
Have the lights in people’s offices on a motion detector so that if there is no body in the office the light would automatically turn off. When someone does enter the office the light would automatically turn on. This would save money and energy.
Have some of the office work contractors on a temp to hire basis. This would save money since temps are paid more than federal employes
Recommend a civilian version of the Defense Acquisition University (DAU). Many of the acquisition and program management courses are built for DOD acquisitions. There are millions of taxpayers funds being used to purchase non-DOD supplies and services. Some of the training needs to be geared toward non-DOD acquisitions and contract management.
All required acquisition and program management training needs to be available online. Our people need training but with limited resources they may not be able to attend the training or there is so much work that they may not be able to be out of the office for 5 to 10 days. Anyone that is supporting a procurement activity should be allowed to take the training online. This would also allow the program office staff ...more »
In order to incentivize agencies to save money, work with Congress to allow agencies to keep a portion of the amount an agency saves (say, 2% of what they save each year) of their appropriated funds in contracting for a "rainy day account" and to use as incentives to reward efficient workers. The remaining percentacge of the agency's saved funds (98% in this example) could go back to the pay off the national deficit. ...more »
I suggest we get rid of all systematic paper-based printing requirements. Various agencies, like mine, have many printing requirements that only made sense in a pre-broadband world. For instance, my agency prints fifteen copies of everything released, then prints a compendium. We have a national universal broadband strategy now. Libraries already receive e-rate discounts. Put it all online only! It is costing a ...more »
medicare coverage for claimants that are found disabled to start right away. if a person is disable that person needs medical treatment.
Utilize existing subject matter experts (Employees with Disabilities, especially Disabled Veterans) to perform accessibility surveys at ALL of our offices and meeting locations to determine if the facilities comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Draft a transition plan to correct deficiencies utilizing maintenance dollars. This will help reduce EEO Complaints and Program Delivery Complaints.
Give all Federal employees personal days to take care of business that we cannot do during the normal work week just like most private companies do. Because a lot of times this is done while at work which is taking away from the money they are paid to be working. Some business can only be done during work time and breaks and lunch are not long enough to do it.
let's call it gBay
I suggest that the federal government investigate using free shareware software to perform its business as opposed to commercial software we are purchasing. There is a variety of free software that could help the government perform its many operations at less cost.
When people have bloodwork done at the VA they should be given the option of having the results e-mailed to them.
This would allow the staff more time for patient care.
When people apply for citizenship through CIS they sould be able to apply on line.
The fee could be paid by credit card or Pay Pal just as if you were shoping on line.
Replace light switches with sensors in non-security areas so lights will automatically be turned off when not in use.