Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Eliminate TYPEWRITERS!

Yes, believe it or not, the government still uses them. When I worked for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission not too long ago, every secretary had one and the agency spent Godknowshowmuch keeping them maintained. What's even funnier is that the sole reason they kept these antiquated dust collectors was so they could quickly date correspondence once it had been signed, as if a regular computer printer or a date stamp ...more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Create a Repository/Distribution location for Inter-Office Envelopes

Create a Repository/Distribution location for Inter-Office envelopes. We mail a high volume of internal communications and are constantly ordering new boxes of Inter-Office envelopes from contracted Office Supplier (which is more expensive than purchasing from Office Max/Best Buy store). Because we have a very low volume of return correspondence, we only reclaim a small percentage of the Inter-Office envelopes. The ...more »

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Department of Energy

Waterless facilities and mandatory e-mail correspondence

I suggest you begin using waterless urinals to save thousand of gallons of water a year in all government facilities. Falcon, Kohler, and numerous other restroom facility companies manufacture these products that ease cleaning, reduce plumbing costs, and save money. Wired did an entire expose on the issue at http://www.wired.com/magazine/2010/06/ff_waterless_urinal/. In addition, mandating the use of e-mail for correspondence ...more »

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Postal Service

Use USPS NOT FedEx for Government Savings and Security

At USDA/NASS we use FedEx all the time for packages and envelopes, especially for 'priority' deliveries. It’s no secret that the USPS is suffering. Instead of 'outsourcing' shipping AND bailing out the USPS why not keep all mail originating from federal offices in the federal system and use the USPS? The USPS offers the exact same services as FedEX and since it is in the federal system, in theory, our federally protected ...more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Use Generic Letterhead and Plain Paper

My agency has customized letterhead printed for each of its major components. Instead, use a generic template for all to use and establish an agency-wide SOP on how to insert the organization's name. The generic letterhead should simply contain the agency logo, name, and "Washington, DC". If needed, add the website URL. Keep it simple. It's very costly to print reams and reams of customized letterhead. In addition, ...more »

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