General Services Administration

Tire Repalcement on Government Vehicles

I suggest that every branch of the government that maintains vehicles such as light trucks and maintenance work trucks and SUVs change from new tire replacement to recycled tires manufactured by a reputable retreading company. For example if any light truck with standard size tires needs to replace those tires, the average cost per tire at government rates would be approximately 175 dollars per tire. By using recycled ...more »

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Department of Commerce

Buy Instead of Rent Government Facilities

Buy the land and the buildings government offices are housed in instead of paying rent on them for years on end. This way a finite amount of money will be spent on housing an office or agency instead of a constant outpouring of government funds for rent that will never be recouped. When new buildings are built the government can recoup some of the cost of the original building if sold or even rented to a non-government ...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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Department of Labor

Stop Unnecessary Relocations!

Stop expensive relocating of agencies. DOL is relocating offices at the cost of $3million to them and another gov agency is moving into the same vacating leased premises at the cost of another $3 million move, and this does what? Save money? Whose? Not the taxpayers. This looks like political musical chairs. The reason the other agency wants the space DOL is being forced out of - Central location and good public transporation!. ...more »

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Department of Education

Computer Based Training Development

Computer Based Training (CBT) is often used by the government at the cost of millions in development. There are many Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) software programs that can be used to develop CBT. I suggest the government in every branch procure this inexpensive software and develop its own process driven training programs that will run on any government computer that has Flash loaded. Programs like Adobe Captivate ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Real Property Inventory Cost Cutting

Allow current federal employees to complete inventory verifications. We have recently paid contractors between $200,000 to over a million dollars to produce information that is useless and then we hire another company to go back out and verify! Why not use current employees to verify inventory, we know what we are looking for, the format we need and we can complete it with 1/4 of the costs and half the time! Oh, and ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Telework Tools Need To Be Software Based

I suggest moving away from expensive laptops, fobs, MobiKEYs and suggest moving to software-based telework access (e.g., Cisco). A large number of private sector companies that work with sensitive information allow employees to access email and networks through software-based access. Admittedly, there is a cost for the software, but it is much less than the cost of all the equipment and subscription costs of laptops, ...more »

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Department of Justice

Use of Digital Signatures and other advanced technology Government wide

SUBJECT: Authorizing the use of Electronic Signature and other technology to reduce the reliance on paper based systems at the Department of Justice and it's Bureaus. PURPOSE: To implement Electronic Signature and other technology at DOJ. This would improve efficiency of operations, increase security of the documents and reduce excessive costs associated with printing (paper, toner, printer/copier repairs, scanners ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Electronic Faxing

FREE FAXING - no machine costs, no toner costs, no paper costs, and automatic verification of receipt. Eliminate the need for a Fax and wasted paper. Use Faxcom which sends electronic faxes from a website to other fax machines or other people on faxcom. Our address is http://faxcom.uscis.dhs.gov and the service is already funded.

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Department of Agriculture

Optional lump sum transfer of station benefit payments

I recently accepted a new job and was fortunate to receive the governments quite generous relocation benefits. These benefits were so generous, they cost American taxpayers approximately $140K. I suggest providing an optional lump sum relocation benefit for employees and let them handle their move on their own. I would have gladly accepted a lump sum payment of $75K and would have fared much better. Lump sum relocation ...more »

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