Department of Commerce

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Legislative Branch

Intra-Agency "Craigslist" for excess equipment

I know the government has methods of dealing with excess resources but the centralize warehouse can be rather inefficient. A place to post what you are looking for or trying to eliminate would be very useful for office furniture, lab equipment, computers, etc. Then transfer happens person to person rather than having to hunt through a warehouse or poorly descriptive database.

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Department of Homeland Security

Inefficient Computer Components

The majority of computer components within our division consist of huge power (wattage) consuming machines. This leads to higher energy costs per employee which consequentially affects the carbon output within our work locality. From research, there is evidence to suggest that our current output in terms of power exhausted could be mitigated by purchasing energy efficient computer components in which make up the computer. ...more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Advertise Job Detail Opportunities Nationwide

Currently, opportunities for job detail assigments are handled in an ad hoc manner. Sometimes they are advertised within an office or agency, and sometimes they are done on an individual basis. I am suggesting that a database of job detail opportunities of 120-days or more be advertised in a central location similar to USAJOBS (perhaps a blog). In that way, anyone that is interested would have the opportunity to apply ...more »

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Legislative Branch

The Air Program Information Management System (APIMS) Implemented Federal Government Wide for Implementing Executive Order 13512

APIMS is an Air Force owned IT system, specifically designed to do Air Emission Inventories (AEI) including Green House Gas Inventories. I has the capabilities to do Scope 1,2 & 3 as it applies to these inventories, it is a web based system, fully accredited and secured and hosted at DISA Oak City. With the standizing of algorithms, naming convention and scope requirements already available, this truly makes APIMS the ...more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Redefine Liberal Leave Policy to allow Telework

When OPM declares "Liberal Leave Policy" due to inclement weather or other events/emergencies, Federal employees are expected to use annual leave (without prior supervisory approval) or come in to work. I suggest that the "Liberal Leave Policy" be revised to also allow employees with valid telework agreements to telework from home (without prior supervisory approval). This would greatly increase Federal employee productivity ...more »

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