Department of Agriculture

GOV TRIP - Utilize Commercial Online Travel Booking - NOT GOVTRIP - AND GET COMMERCIAL FARES !

By using an online commercial travel booking service such as Travelocity or Orbitz we could save millions - literally. By using GovTrip we are wasting millions of dollars by 1. untold employee hours (and likely the most money) wasted due to poor website application functionality, 2. not being able to book the least expensive options, 3. the cost of the application itself, 4. difficulty in processing travel vouchers after ...more »

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Department of the Treasury

Combine Requests for Information to our Customers: i.e. Return Census and Tax Forms Together

The same information is often requested from multiple agencies (name, address, dependents, and income). Where possible combine forms across agencies to consolidate the requests we make of our customers. Immediate benefits will include: • Consolidate requests to our customers (in 2010 we submitted our tax and census requests within weeks of each other) • Reduce duplicate envelope cost, a more “green” approach • ...more »

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General Services Administration

Train Locally – Use Existing FEB Training in 28 Locations Across U.S.

Large cost savings could be gained if federal leaders were encouraged to train their employees in the cities they work. Approximately 88% of the Federal Workforce is located outside of Washington D.C. This is better for the environment and will save the federal government in travel and per diem costs. Federal training already exists in 28 large cities through the Federal Executive Boards (www.Feb.Gov). FEB sponsored ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Unplug

Unplug your workstation computer and printer as you leave each day. If each federal employee unplugged their computer when they left the energy costs could be reduced by millions of dollars.

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Office of Personnel Management

Upgrade Productivity Software

Each agency, and even among agencies, should use the same version of Microsoft Office so employees may collaborate more efficiently. This will reduce staff non-productive time in contacting tech support for upgrades to compatability software, or having to find someone in the office with the software.

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Department of Health and Human Services

Reduce the Use of Paper/Non-paper Resources when Printing

A simple method for the federal government to save money is to reduce the use of paper and non-paper resources when government employees print documents and use related electronic equipment. As many of the agencies have their own IT department/component instituted, the actions below should be able to be taken with no additional cost: 1. Change government employees' default print settings to double-sided. Encourage all ...more »

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Department of Energy

Consolidate DOE HQ IT Computer Servers Into One Data Center

Consolidate DOE HQ (FORS & GTN) IT infrastructure into one energy efficient data center. Currently, DOE HQ operates more than 15 computer rooms in the FORS & GTN buildings. Not sure anyone knows the exact count. Most, if not all, are inadequately designed and operated to be energy efficient. In addition, it is not uncommon to find computer servers installed in general office rooms. Consolidating / relocating the ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Power down computers when not in use!

Encourage computer users to shut down computers at night if they are not in use. This will not only save the power that the computer uses while sitting idle, but it will cause the computer to generate less heat, meaning cooling systems will also use less power as well. A hidden benefit is that the computers will last longer before component failure, as just being on, whether in use or not, ages the computer faster than ...more »

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Department of Justice

Use Computer Energy Star Features

We are mandated to purchase Energy*Star computers and attachments, yet most of the time we do not enable the features. While most departments policy state that employees are required to power down their computers when not in use with a dispersed work force this policy is hard to manually enforce. By mandating that the screen saver be set to 30 minutes or less and that the screen saver puts the monitor into stand-by ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Require Electronic Submissions

At FDA, we still accept paper submissions which require huge paper storage, scanning, and snail-mail acknowledgment systems and a large number of personnel. Electronic submissions are available but the digital signatures that are required to allow one computer to "talk" to another securely are a major deterrent for adoption. My idea is to use web technology SSL (secure socket layer) to allow firms to send submission ...more »

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Executive Office of the President

Consolidate basic non-sensitive web hosting functions

I think Federal agencies should consolidate hosting and data storage for non-sensitive websites and some internal systems. Each year Federal agencies spend millions of dollars maintaining systems to accomplish redundant tasks. Most agencies have many of the same types of content such as: --Public Affairs/Press releases/Bios --Grant–making functions --Policy functions --Regulatory guidance/enforcement --Technical Assistance ...more »

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