General Services Administration

General Services Administration

Occupancy Sensors in Cublicles

Install occupancy sensors in cubicles. Often many employees spend hours in meetings and walk away from their cubicle with lights, monitors, and other equipment running. Our agency has installed occucancy sensors in our cubicles with good results.

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Quick settings for computer energy efficiency

There are numerous types of software that will set your computer for energy efficiency, quick ‘soft’ shutdown & fast start-up. We all know that shutting down our computer means that we will have a long wait in the morning to start it back up. So most people leave their computer on all night, wasting enormous amounts of energy. With a “soft” shutdown type of software, we can control scheduling for power on, stand by,... more »

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MONITOR TRAVEL

TRAVEL MUST BE MONITORED AND AUDITED; PARTICULARLY FOR THE SES. I AM CERTAIN YOU WOULD FIND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN TRAVEL EXPENSES PAID OUT IN FEDERAL TRAVEL WHICH IS NOT PAID IN ACCORDANCE WITH FTR.

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Use The Most Fuel-Efficient Vehicles Available For The Application

All US Government agencies and other affected entities (such as grantees and contractors) shall procure increasing percentages of the most fuel-efficient vehicles available for the application, including hybrid-electric vehicles, as part of their annual vehicle acquisition plans. By 2015, at least 50 percent of new light-duty vehicles acquired by each agency and affected entity shall be the most fuel-efficient vehicles... more »

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Ageny Resource Sharing

Conduct an Agency Resource Sharing Network, where agencies compile a list of extra supplies they have remaining at the end of the month. Each of the agencies then meet to discuss what items are needed for their agencies and what is remaining and the agencies can share their extra resources. This will eliminate procuring additional supplies, such as computers, office supplies, paper, and printers. The resource sharing... more »

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Public/Private Partnerships

Do more outreach and foster public/private partnerships. Many companies/individuals are thriving amidst the down economy. Government doesn’t do a good enough job of leveraging these resources. Non government individuals and organizations can help bridge the gap exponentially and help prevent cuts to positions or services. We need to encourage more of the private sector to partner with government more strategically.... more »

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Office Space

Aggressively negotiate leases up for renewal. Given economic conditions and the availability of commercial space, negotiations are in favor of the customer.

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Cap Travel and Give Agencies Flexibility within their Travel Budgets

Require each agency to spend no more than a certain percentage of salaries and expenses on travel. Then, working within that cap, allow agencies to spend their travel funds more flexibly than today. If an employee is authorized to take a trip to a certain city and the employee can find a lower rate via the internet than through the traditional travel system, the employee should have the flexibility to book the lower... more »

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CREATE CONSERVATION GARDENS AT FEDERAL FACILITIES

Achieve low maintenance, beautiful landscaping while saving precious water and money. Incorporate native and drought tolerant flora, native bunch grass meadow (instead of traditional lawn), mulch and weed barriers (retain moisture, reduce weeds), hardscaping (stone, wood, dry creek beds, paths, patios), recycled materials, and a water efficient irrigation system (drip emitters, smart water controller). Include signage... more »

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Single Rate for Meals & Incidentals

Set one M&IE rates for travelers instead of the current six rates ($46, $51, $56, $61, $66, $71). The rate should be set at the average $58 of the 6 current rates or slightly less. The meal allowance is to provide travelers with meals that are ordinary and necessary, not lavish or extravagant [IRC 162(a)(2)]. Meal costs do not vary dramatically around the country at ordinary establishments such as Applebee’s, Denny’s,... more »

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Reduce Frivolous Spending

Tighten what exactly government employees are able to order through vendors. This can be done by limiting the choice employees have for specific items; pens, pencils, paperclips, staples, etc. These are all standard items that can be selected and kept consistent in order to reduce cost. It is unnecessary for employees to order fancy paperclip holders, overdone inboxes, or special notepads simply because they may prefer... more »

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Saving Papper & Green action

Hello. My name is Octavio Martinez and I work a year ago for the GSO area as Receiving Clerk in Managua Post Nicaragua. As well as we print a lot a documentation for the support of physical files. An option that I had begun to implement is to set new top and bottom margins using the page setup file options reducing margins top and bottom in 25%, I mean from 0.75-inch margins top and bottom to 0.562-inch both, which gives... more »

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Self-Booking of Air Travel Through Online Discount Websites

Consider allowing air travel to be booked through online travel websites or directly with airlines, for domestic flights. Even allowing for the fact that government-negotiated rates with U.S. carriers allow for refunds and itinerary changes, oftentimes booking though an online website would be significantly cheaper, even adding in the occasional cost of an airline change fee if an itinerary had to be changed after a non-refundable... more »

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Follow Auto Mfrs Recommendations on fluid changes

GSA leased vehicles should follow maufacturers' recommendations on changing oil and transmission fluid. My understanding is that GSA currently exceeds those recommendations to reduce their short term costs. This can increase engine wear, especially in the early life of a vehicle. By following the manufacturers' recommendations and certifying or providing the service records upon sale to the public, GSA should see increased... more »

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