If all printers capable of printing double sided were made to do so by default, it would save lots of money and resources.
Other Commissions and Boards
In my branch there are more managers than we need and way too many program leaders. We need more workers. We are well educated and professional and can do our jobs without so many program leaders (13s) and branch chiefs (14s). This is a huge waste of money. For this few people and with all the training we have, only one branch chief is needed, not the 5 we have now.
I think a fundamental way in which the US Government can improve performance is by ensuring agencies/programs in an oversight and/or regulatory capacity provide direct value to the mission as opposed to just creating bureacracy to ensure compliance. There must be a way to govern effectively while at the same time improving how the mission is achieved. For example, reporting requirements should be derived from data/information ...more »
Harvest the miles of unused copper cabling in government data centers among all the agencies.
Every federal agency has its own criminal watchlists and biometrics databases. This creates an information sharing nightmare -- whenever a department wants to run a background check on an individual, it must consult a myriad of watchlists, department records, and fingerprint databases to ensure that the individual has no criminal history. This inefficiency could be eliminated by establishing a central Office of Identity ...more »
Direct all Federal agencies to set air conditioning at a minimum of 76 degrees, absent a mission specific reason to keep the room colder. Too much energy is wasted keeping rooms uncomfortably cold, to the point where many workers have to wear jackets or sweaters indoors in the summer.
Instead of requiring employees to go through AdTrav for train tickets at a cost of $30.50 a trip, allow us to use Amtrak.com to make our own reservations and purchase tickets. (Corporation for National and Community Service)
Instead of building or relocating a satellite communications station in Okinawa or Australia, American Samoa should be considered. This location is in a very advantageous geographic location for satellite communications over the Pacific region. American Samoa is the only United States territory south of the equator. Creating a Federal Government satellite communications facility/compound in American Samoa would also ...more »
Eliminate mailing of bills and send bills to customers electronically only. The amount of savings will be realized in paper, stamps, labor, printer wear and is the correct example for all businesses.
Please note that I never worked with DIMHRS and don't know if any of my coworkers had either. However, as a federal employee, I think some of the problems were obvious. Background: DIMHRS was the DoD's initiatiative to consolidate 100+ personnel programs into a single application. After over 12 years and $1B spent, it was reportedly stated to be a disaster by Joint Chief of Staff Chair Mike Mullen and cancelled (?) ...more »
Many Procurement regulations are geared for a large government organization that is seeking to acquire very large products or services. For those of us in smaller agencies, these reguations are budensome and not always necessary. Can some Procurement regulations be reduced quantity so that small agencies can acquire small goods and services more quickly and efficiently?
I suggest discontinuing the distribution of the Federal Register by the United States Government Printing Office via the Postal Service. With the availability of the Federal Register online (and most agencies not using them anymore or being advised of changes), this would greatly decrease use of paper resources, put less stress on the United States Postal Service, and assist with eliminating more waste in our landfills. ...more »