Legislative Branch

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Save $20M+ annually - Electronically Print & Deliver Congressional Record

The Congressional Record cost tax payers $28,390,000 each year to print and deliver to Congress. If converted to electronic format, voice and color enhancements could be added simultaneously with electronic dissemination to significantly reduce these costs in the millions of dollars. Additionally, speedier dissemination (via email, RSS Feed, special website, etc.), authentication and preservation would be guaranteed ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

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PRUNING THE WORKFORCE-Eliminate MRA...allow 30 and out like Military

Like any robust thriving plant, the government workforce needs a pruning. Recommend providing 3-5 years additional time to employees tenure who have reached 30 years service but are still short of Minimum Retirement Age (MRA). If an employee accepts the added time which puts them at MRA and 30 years service, they must execute retirement option within 6 months. This would allow a new generation, in particular the war veterans, ...more »

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Executive Office of the President

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Stop Agency Conferences at Hotels/Conference Centers

Specifically address the number of Government Conferences and make them prove an ROI (not just cancel them). Each agency should give the top five agency 'conferences' that are sited at a hotel and conference center and justify the site costs, the staff time to organize the events, and the employee travel to attend.

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Department of Commerce

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Reorganize and focus on mission critical objectives, consolidate services

I suggest we reexamine the need to recreate service areas in each of the existing executive agencies. We should put the focus of the agency on the mission and consolidate the services areas into a single agency. This removes multiple layers of bureaucracies within each agency and allows for efficiencies of scale and consistent application of service and support. Agencies can then focus on mission critical areas and ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

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Piggybacking or pooling of software purchases for maximized cost savings @ local level

There should be a mechanism for federal agencies to piggyback or pool resources to purchase software and maximize efficiency of scale. For example, if I want to purchase 1 license of a product, the cost is much higher than if I purchased 500 licenses. If I'm aware of other users of this software across the federal services, ideally I should be able to contact that group to piggyback on their purchase and avoid paying ...more »

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Office of Personnel Management

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Health Care Cost Savings for taxpayers, agencies, and employees

Enroll all employees into the VA Health Care System, except for persons whose residence is geographically challenged to travel to a VA Medical Center. Those persons would remain covered by FEHB. Then, a portion of the projected savings from individual agencies' health insurance benefit costs could be redirected to the VA to enhance its services, where needed, for both our veterans and government employees. It would save ...more »

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Legislative Branch

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Active use and promotion of Flex time, telecommuting and other time.work options

Press the federal agencies to actually allow employee use of the flex time options that are 'on the books' but too often individual management determine they do not want to employ in their divisions My boss is great and does her best to meet the requests of employees, but I have countless collegues who are not 'allowed' to access time/work options. If an employee has proven to be professional, productive, performance ...more »

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US Agency for International Development

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Twenty-first Century Job-sharing

Job-sharing - Promote it! Have HR and technical management work together to help parties create these teams. There are many near-retirees, juggling parents, colleagues strapped with elder-care, persons who want or need to live outside of the region, etc. that would sign up for job-sharing. A number of federal employees stay on the job because they don't want to lose health and retirement benefits but are frazzled. ...more »

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Department of the Treasury

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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

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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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Department of Justice

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Consolidated Purchasing of Paper from One Source

I suggest we set-up for the Consolidated Purchasing of Paper by all Agencies from One Source. In serving as a Contracting Officer for the last twenty-two years I have had to procure a lot of supplies to keep the mission of the office going. Included in those are paper products in various colors, sizes, thicknesses, holes, no holes and with varied recycled content. While our use of paper has hopefully decreased with ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

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font change cuts costs by 30%

We should consider implementing the use of Century Gothic as the default font across government. Century Gothic uses about 30% less ink than Arial or Times New Roman. http://blog.printer.com/2009/04/printing-costs-does-font-choice-make-a-difference/ While the savings per user might be small, this, combined with simply printing fewer documents, could add up across the federal government. Additionally the reduced ink ...more »

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