Department of Energy

Department of Energy

Eliminate “Guidance Letters" for EERE funding

I suggest we eliminate “Guidance Letters.” These are unique to the office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), and are mostly a duplicate of funding documents. So, for each funding document, EERE also gets a second document to give them “guidance” on how to spend the funds. EERE spends a lot of time tracking both types of documents and keeping them matched up. Since no one else in DOE uses these, couldn’t... more »

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Recycle Paper through a Portable Smelter

For security purposes, all the classified reports etc are shredded. At some sites, the amount of such paper shredded is very significant. Once shredded, it is sent to a landfill for permanent disposal. May I suggest that at locations where this quantity of paper shredded is significant and if space is available, then a portable paper smelter be hired where this paper that is to be shredded could be completely dstroyed... more »

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Solar/Wind energy generators on top of all Fed buildings

Cover all Federal building rooftops with solar panels and small wind turbines. These would largely be out of sight and would help to reduce the huge energy costs for day to day operations in most of these buildings. In addition, it would establish us as a leader in this technology, create much needed jobs, make us a greener entity as a whole, and lessen our dependence on foreign oil. This would be a great step in the... more »

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Sleep/Hibernate/Standby/Turn-off Computers

I suggest that federal employees either shut down, sleep, hibernate, or standby their computers when they leave the office. Not only would this save the government a lot of money on their electric bill, but it would also save the government money on cooling (i.e. air conditioning) since idle computers can radiate a lot of heat.

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Save energy while toasting bread, etc.

(1) Put up signs by elevators to walk up and down 2 flights of stairs for energy saving and good exercise. (2) Require electric toaster manufacturers to have a selector for either 1 or 2 slices to be toasted. This would avoid heating the elements for an empty side of toaster.

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Process Efficiency Improvements

I believe that there is a huge opportunity cost that is associated through inefficient processes and procedures throughout Government agencies. I would recommend that additional resources in funding and personnel be allocated toward statistical improvement techniques such as Six Sigma where processes are broken down and inefficiencies are identified. By training a selected number of individuals in each organization,... more »

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Hybrid, Hydrogen Fuel Cell, Solar, Natural Gas, and Electric Vehicles at All Government Facilities

I suggest you by Executive Order, or Federal Mandate that you require all government sites and/or facilities to replace all government SUVs, pickups, cars, and buses with the most energy efficient vehicles on the planet (i.e., Hybrid, hydrogen fuel cell, electric vehicles, natural gas, solar, etc.). At one of the largest Department of Energy (DOE) Field Sites (Savannah River Site) on the planet, we have one hybrid car... more »

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Terminate HSPD-12.

I suggest the termination of the HSPD-12 program. It was an unfunded mandate from the start and has been hugely expensive in terms of added cost to agency security requirements. It is costly, inefficient, provides no greater security to the workforce and has failed to deliver on its promised benefits. (Example: interagency reciprocity.) From the start folks in the security business recognized it as a boondoggle for... more »

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Re-adjustment of Water Sensor Toilet Flushing

I suggest you re-adjust the water sensor in each Water Sensor toilet in the DOE to flush one time upon exiting the stall. Currently, I find that toilets flush 2 and even 3 times per person. Water and energy would be conserved and personal anxiety relieved if the flushing mechanism were to be adjusted to flush once per individual.

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Increase tax revenues

I suggest that we add millions to the Treasury coffers and drive down the political pressure to continue support to huge numbers of overseas USG contractors, if not ineffective overseas programs, by submitting in the next legislative cycle a proposal to Congress to eliminate (maybe over a year or two) income tax exemptions for USG contractors.

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Federal Government Saving Money Travel/Hotel Expenses

I suggest that the Federal Government can save money related to travel hotel expenses. When I travel, I always name my price for hotels by using bidding procedures on web sites. I save massive amounts of money by doing this, possibly up to 50 %. This may mean some new regulations and updates in the FAR, but it could save millions if it could be implemented.

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Departments of Federal Government Share Resources

I suggest that the various Departments of the Federal Government work together to save money, instead of being so seperate. For example if The Department of Interior hired a contractor to teach a class for 20 participants, and they only had 15 registered, then if the class was applicable to other Department's of the Federal Government, it could be advertised on a designated web site for all of the Federal Government.... more »

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Spend to Save...money and the environment

My idea would initially cost the government some money but in the long run would save money and prevent unnecessary pollution and waste. I believe that it should be mandatory that all government buildings, including small science centers like the one I work in, install Water Sense toilets (in most cases only the flushing mechanism would need to be replaced), motion sensors for lights and make recycling paper and other... more »

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