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close the gap on temperatures in metro and public buildings

Turn down the AC in metro cars and office buildings to decrease the gap in outside and inside temperatures. People dress for the temps of the season, then ride on metro and sit in their location of employment all day wrapped in ratty sweaters and bundled in shawls. Productivity goes down when employees are physically uncomfortable, as well as creates negative impacts in health and morale. In addition, outside guests ...more »

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Please save our eyes! Replace our tiny computer screens

Pay respect and attention to the critical eye health of employees. Most of us in my federal agency are working 8-10 hr days on tiny computer screens. The extra investment into large screens per user will be paid back in a short time cycle based on increased productivity, efficiency, less time downdue to eye strain and headaches, improved morale, etc.

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Twenty-first Century Job-sharing

Job-sharing - Promote it! Have HR and technical management work together to help parties create these teams. There are many near-retirees, juggling parents, colleagues strapped with elder-care, persons who want or need to live outside of the region, etc. that would sign up for job-sharing. A number of federal employees stay on the job because they don't want to lose health and retirement benefits but are frazzled. ...more »

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Color printing

Color printing is significantly more expensive than mono-chrome. Color printers should not be allowed as the default printer when mono-chrome alternatives are readily available. When there is no ready mono-chrome alternative, the printer should default to mono-chrome, and to avoid paper wastage, the user should be reminded at print time that the print is mono-chrome , and simultaneously provided the option to change to ...more »

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Reduce the number of printers in offices

Mandate a standard for how many people one printer should support. This would reduce capital expenditures as there is no need for everyone to have a laserjet printer on thier desk. It would reduce toner and paper usage as people would give more consideration to printing a document if they had to walk to a central printer instead of having it print out on their desk.

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Reduce paper usage, buy e-Readers

Purchase e-Readers like the Kindle or Nook for employees use for training materials or other lengthy documents. When employees go to training courses now, you always end up with a big binder (or two) full of paper which sits on your shelf that you might refer to occasionally or gets thrown away. Instead of buying all of these binders and printing all of these training materials for courses, give employees e-Readers ...more »

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Require the use of e-signatures more

Institute the use of e-signatures so employees don't have to print out and sign forms, memos, etc.... This will reduce paper usage and potentially improve workflow as a document can move much faster electronically than being walked from office to office.

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Heating and cooling in relation to severity of outside temperatures saves energy and money!

Everything is relative. I suggest we provide relative comfort when setting thermostats for heating and cooling. If it's 100 degrees outside, then an A/C setting of 75 or 80 provides plenty of comfort. At 68 or even 70, that's too cold - and makes us want to put on a sweater in summer. In the winter, if the outside temperature is well below freezing, then a thermostat setting of 55 or 60 will feel plenty warm. If it's ...more »

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Office Square Footage Reduction in Federal Government

To promote cost efficiencies in working with the federal government, it is wise to create a model of efficient land use and city planning related to the massive square footage federal agencies require for large buildings. While cloud computing, server consolidation and off-site storage of servers, is a method for arriving at less square footage requirements for office space, the federal government does not use efficient ...more »

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Change how the government negotiates hotel rates

I suggest you change how the government negotiates hotel rates. When a hotel's regular rate is less than the government negotiated rate, the regular rate should be the government rate as well. Recently, I reserved a hotel and asked for the government rate; they gave me the price of $117 per night, which is the negotiated special rate for that area. Later, as I did more research on the hotel, I found that the daily rate ...more »

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