Currently all government agencies have a vast array of personal computers. Typically government employees only use a portion of the computing power of these computers in their official duties. The untapped processing time of computers represents a vast untapped resource to the government. The software exists to take large complex computations typically handled by supercomputers and parse out small parts of these ...more »
I suggest you... Get the various agencies on the same track/schedule related to grants and funding opportunities where feasible. The government continues to talk to entitlement jurisdictions and grant recipients about strategic planning and building sustainable communities. We have numerous funding sources designed to get the country back on track both economically and socially yet we make the process extremely hard ...more »
This one probably wouldn't save a dime, but in terms of government mission, sacred trust, etc., how about a nod to the LIFE in "life, liberty and pursuit of happiness"? Pretty simple idea, really: Have GAO, agency IGs, or Offices of Quality Assurance do studies of people adversely affected by government decisions made by benefit-paying agencies, who DON'T appeal but whose adverse determinations appear to have been incorrect. ...more »
Volunteer = Work
Community involvement is needed to help improve the conditions in the United States. Developing an initiative to allow employees who chose to volunteer to receive work credit would increase the number of volunteer participants. The work credit would be minimum in regards to the overall benefit of the community.
Much better use could be made of open space on large government campuses. For example, where space allows, remove the grass and plant edible food that could be donated to local food banks. Use permaculture to create low maintenance garden space that can grow fresh local produce. Government workers could garden at lunch time and donate a portion to the community. Let's use our land well and set a positive example for our ...more »
Summary: Navajo Area Division of Sanitation Facilities Construction (DSFC) can better share maps and other information about how homes are served with water and sanitation facilities with the Navajo government and public. This will enable Navajo communities to plan new development that is cheaper and easier to serve. This will save money, reduce environmental impact, and provide running water and sanitation to more ...more »
I suggest you encourage State Employees to help with charities/community work monthly or have a quota done every 6 months (for example clean the community, teach writing/reading, help the poor, help builders...) Everyone should give a little bit back of their knowledge to the community but this should be compulsory to every department such as a 'duty'. This would help to save spending on training people...
Start a program to let government printers to donate scrap paper to local child care centers or other interests that could reuse the paper for art projects etc. This would be paper that would be normally be discarded into recycle and waste containers under normal working conditions. This would give to the community while saving paper.
Clean up services could probably conducted by employees themselves and/or volunteer groups. If a cleaning crew still has to come to for other tasks then that money should go to a cause they promote Ex (Breast Cancer, Wellness, etc.).
We need a national clarion call to mobilize volunteerism to solve our nation’s most challenging problems and to maximize our citizenry engagement – whether the challenges are local, regional, national or international. We can do this without adding to the national debt and in fact can create immediate cost savings without reinventing the wheel – we do so by calling a new generation of Americans and all generations to ...more »
I suggest that DHHS develop a social support web application that helps communities address their own health and human services needs by facilitating the transfer of goods, services, and information from community members who have more than they need to community members who have less than they need. I believe that the typical community in the US has a significant store of human resources unemployed or underemployed ...more »
I suggest we start a program to start teaching our children “at an early age” a second language. There are more and more companies hiring employees putting emphasis on someone who is bilingual before looking at someone who is perfectly qualified in every area except being bilingual. I don’t look at this as “forcing” a second language on a child, but giving that child a chance to excel beyond expectations. Children ...more »