Department of Energy

Department of Energy

Multi-year budgets

a multi year budget process. The yearly budget process is often just that...a year long effort. The manpower expendature for budget development and justification on annually could be significantly reduced by having a three year budget. The annual effort for budget development and justification involves all hands across the organization to some extent. At least for research and development offices, where the investement... more »

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Save Paper, Use Electronic Files

In procurement our official files are now all electronic files-yet the vast majority of individuals in the office still print paper copies- this is a huge waste of paper and totally unnecessary. Also, almost all of our jobs can be done remotely, yet telecommuting is not allowed in most cases.

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DOE National Laboratories (Government Owned and Operated)

Make all or the larger DOE national laboratories into government owned and operated laboratories (staffed by federal workers instead of contractors). This is common in DOD and I would suspect that the DOD laboratories are operated cheaper than the DOE laboratories (salaries and bonuses are less for federal employees).

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Elimination and/or Reduction of Leased Space

The Department of Energy as well as other Federal Agencies (for both Federal & Contractor staff) are expending millions of tax dollars on leased space; of which is not fully occupied. My suggestion is to mandate that Government owned buildings must be utilized first; secondly all leased space needs to re-justified (lease vs goverment owned); and thirdly all leased space must be fully utilized (consolidatation and/or... more »

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Go Beyond Budgeting

I suggest we use continuous rolling budgets versus doing the budgeting (and programming) drill every year. This paradigm is explained in detail at www.beyondbudgeting.org and would save us money on multiple fronts. We wouldn't need the complete bottoms up painful annual budget drill and people wouldn't feel compelled to "use it or lose it" or attempt to sandbag and inflate thier numbers.

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Travel Costs

Allow employees to make their own airline reservations when they can get a lower price than the government travel agency offers. Often times I can get the same plane reservation on a travel web site for hundreds of dollars less than what I end up paying with the government contracted provider. The employee could then be reimbursed for the cost of the plane ticket on their travel voucher, just like they are for other... more »

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Use 360 degree evaluations

Use 360 degree performance evaluations. This will save money on multiple fronts: Often the poorest managers "manage up" fairly well and aren't recognized as being poor performers by THEIR bosses. This could help get rid of the worst and potentially turn around lifeless offices currently suffering under a poor manager thereby dramatically improving productivity. Additionally, 360's would help managers (and front line employees)... more »

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Lifecycle cost analysis

Encourage lifecycle cost analysis for capital improvement projects. Do not focus only on the current budget, but plan for years ahead. If a proposed project (let’s say changing light fixtures) costs 5 million dollars as a one-time cost, and would save 1 million a year, after five years the project will have paid for itself. I am confident the US Government will be here for a while, so why not invest now for cost savings... more »

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Turn off the lights when noone's home

enable one light switch per office in our building. Currently, one light switch powers the lights in two adjacent offices. Frequently the lights are on in an office that is vacant when someone needs lights to work in the adjacent office.

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Save/reinvest through energy use reduction

Mandate that all Federal office buildings prove, monthly, that they have reduced energy usage by turning off unnecessary lighting/equipment at night. At the end of the year, the cumulative savings from all Government buildings should be re-invested in alternative energy programs. The cumulative savings from this program will save taxpayer money and show the Government is proactive and serious about saving money and... more »

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IT Solution for Grants Management

Design and implement an Enterprise Grants Management System (GMS) that utilizes all data, variables, and business logic (including federal guidelines and compliance laws) associated with a complete “Grant” package. The benefits of such a system include but are not limited to: 1. An increased ability to track the status and risk levels of particular grant dollars. 2. An increase in quality data tracking and reporting... more »

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How to Eliminate America’s Addiction to Oil?

How to Eliminate America’s Addiction to Oil? Can America's addiction to oil be eliminated? Several innovative renewable energy technologies (such as wind, solar, hydro, biomass, biogas, geothermal, and ethanol); energy efficiency and hydrogen economy can eliminate our reliance on foreign oil. Various renewable energy technologies and hydrogen economy represent one of the most promising and innovative technologies of... more »

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