Executive Office of the President

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Instead of using proprietary operating systems Like Microsoft consider going to an Open Database Standard like Ubuntu.

Why continue to pay for proprietary operating systems like Microsoft when open database standard products like Ubuntu are available for free. The government pays millions every year for Microsoft enterprise licenses, for not only its operating system (Windows) but for its Office suite browser etc. All of these products are available in the open database standers arena and all are configured to work with Ubuntu. On ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

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Yes, I said it: ONE GIGANTIC MONITOR W/ BENEFITS - read on...

Most of us work in a common space in a group. Why not switch over to a common monitor / Graphic User Interface (GUI). Lose the gazillion monitors. Use one, a large one for each space or group. This change would facilitate MANY other positive changes. The layout of the space would be an open and shared environment. Beside your desk would be your computer box, but on your desk would be a keyboard and mouse and speakers. ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

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Work Camps

Unemployment in this country is at emergency levels. Welfare recipients need not just be given food, clothing and housing, but they need to learn some valuable life skills. Since this is an emergency, I suggest that FEMA set up camps (similar to those set up for hurricanes and natural disasters) that are designed to put the welfare recipients to work. Anyone who wants to receive free government benefits is welcome ...more »

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Department of Commerce

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Computer Power Saving can save over $200 million a year in Energy cost

Computer Power Saving SAVES over 200 million a year. Sleep mode allows the computer to basically shut off except it saves all the work on the desktop after a set time frame. Suggestion would be one hour of inactivity. The user then would only need to press the space bar and the computer is on and able to be logged into to continue work. Most users are instructed to leave computers on all the time for updates etc. ...more »

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Department of Commerce

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Computer Sleep Modes & Wake as needed.

Determine Computer Workstation Power-Saving Profiles based on Mission and apply a general power saving policy "sleep mode" to computers after being inactive for a max of one hour. Wake-On-Lan technology could be used to wake the machines for 'scheduled tasks' & updates. If a user hasn't typed anything in an hour, they should be patient enough to wait for the computer to spend 2-3 minutes waking up & restoring their session. ...more »

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Other Commissions and Boards

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Federal Software Development Center proposed

As a senior career software development contractor of over 30 years, I observe monumental wasted effort in reinventing the same or similar applications across different agencies and departments. Significant savings can be realized by synergistic consolidation of knowlege and technology sharing. My idea is to create a Federal entity to provide a software development infrastructure, and thereby ease the financial burden ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

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UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRATION SOLUTION:SELF FUNDED DETERRENT PREVENTING THE HIRING OF UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS

I suggest a new type of proactive solution in the form of an enforcement system to deter the hiring of undocumented workers (illegal aliens, deportable/inadmissible aliens) through self funded economic incentives (monetary rewards) generated by fines. It will encourage the public to report violators and discourage employers from hiring undocumented workers. A percentage of the fines levied on employers of undocumented ...more »

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Office of Personnel Management

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Redesign ACMIS contracts training records system

The ACMIS system to record COR/COTR 40 continuous learning points, for contract recertification, is user unfriendly. I just got out of a two-hour class on how to use ACMIS. A user-friendly system could save one hour/year per COR/COTR. For an agency with 5000 CORs, at $50/hr that would be a saving of $250,000 per year just for that one Agency. For starters, make the ADD button for adding records big and conspicuous. ...more »

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Department of Commerce

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Computer Power Management

I suggest you create guidelines for the energy settings on office computers and monitors and, along with the annual property inventories, have every property custodian certify that all computers on his inventory are set-up according to the guidelines. Exceptions would have to be documented and require the approval of the property custodian's supervisor. Such settings can save $75 in electricity cost per computer annually. ...more »

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General Services Administration

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Certified Power Management

I suggest you create guidelines for the energy settings on office computers and monitors and, along with the annual property inventories, have every property custodian certify that all computers on his inventory are set-up according to the guidelines. Exceptions would have to be documented and require the approval of the property custodian's supervisor. Such settings can save $75 in electricity cost per computer annually. ...more »

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Legislative Branch

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Turning off computers and monitors at night

A default setting on all computers and monitors to power off after the user has left for the day would save energy and, consequently, money. Even in sleep modes, a computer and monitor may consume up to 60 watts. Considering the number of computers used by the federal government and the number of hours the computers are not in use, huge savings are possible. Windows operating systems have a hibernation function which ...more »

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