Department of Commerce

Reduce Paper Usage, Save $1B+

Having worked with multi-agencies over the last 3 yrs, I came to realize that US Govt uses more paper than anyone else in the nation. We use paper, ink, printers, and faxes which probably amount to quarter billion dollars alone annually, when taken in amount the cost of items, human hours put in to turn the paper in electronic data, (and when not needed anymore), to file, to recycle/shred, and garbage disposal etc it ...more »

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Department of Defense

Expand Modeling and Simulation

Expand the modeling and simulation workforce in the DOD. Having a larger modeling and simulation workface will increase the number of studies that can be conducted. Furthermore, it will limit costly and environmentally unfriendly live-fire testing. Costs associated with live-fire testing include the cost of ammunition (ex. up to several dollars apiece for some rounds), the salary of the tester, and hazard pay for the ...more »

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Department of Defense

Decentralize USG and Contractor locations from DC to rest of the country

Spread USG offices out to the country to lower overhead costs and share access to USG facilities. Why does everything have to be centralized in the beltway? Its a huge terrorist target, its too expensive and is a nightmare for employees living in D.C. If you spread USG work out and leverage Videoteleconferences, email and VOIP phones you can drastically reduce the amount of USG and contractor overhead on building ...more »

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Department of Defense

Incentivize DoD to Discontinue Year End Fiscal Spending Sprees (via MWR Percentage Return)

Issue: DoD year end fiscal spending in order to secure the same size budget for subsequent years is wasteful, but institutionally (if not legally) encouraged through a significant portion of the DoD. Solution: Deal with the issue at the Congressional level and force a revamp of the laws and regulations which govern this. Being a simple guy, here is a simple solution: Reward excellence and proper stewardship! Structure ...more »

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Department of Defense

"End of Year" Spending Sprees

Around the end of every fiscal year (30 Sep), there is always a mad dash to spend "fall out" money within every organization in the DoD (& very likely within every other government department). How many unnececcsary $2,000 50-inch plasma TV's would be displaying the lunch menus in on-base Dining Facilities if military organizations didn't feel compelled to spend unneeded, "leftover" funds? There needs to be an across-the-board ...more »

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Department of Defense

Smaller Military

Scale down the size of our military. We already spend more money on our military than the entire rest of the world combined. We need to pull back some of our commitments and realize that future power will be determined by economic power, not military might. There is no reason to have bases in nearly every country in the world, or to send military aid to developed countries.

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Department of State

One World Government

The United States shall make every effort to work toward the goal of uniting the entire planet under a new world order. We could bring in more taxpayers from all over the world and end senseless war. Defense would be concerned with defending the planet instead of having to worry about another nation on our own planet.

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Department of Energy

Save Billions Through Domestic Production of Green Fuel - an Energy and Defense Collaboration

Proposition: By driving the development of domestic sources of biofuels at a mass scale, the Government can: -Save the country billions of dollars -Help drive down our trade deficit -Reduce carbon emissions, and -Keep our military men and women safe We propose that DOE and DOD work together to purchase biorefinery capabilities across the country. Let us tell you how this could work... Current State: We import 63% ...more »

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Department of Defense

Do we always need to buy refundable airplane tickets?

Does the military ALWAYS have to buy fully refundable tickets, which cost more? How many commercial flights do military personnel actually end up having to cancel or change? In the grand scheme of things, we might be able to save money by buying non-refundable tickets (at least part, if not most of the time) and paying the penalties when plans change. It may seem wasteful in those individual instances to cancel or ...more »

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Department of Defense

Let Military Personnel Book Their Own Travel

Last year I used the Defense Travel System (DTS) to book a flight from Washington, DC to Monterey, CA for a conference. My ticket cost us taxpayers over $2000! For that kind of money, I could have flown first class, but I ended up in coach on one of the worst seats on the plane - in the very last row of the plane, just in front of the bathroom and the galley. You know, one of the seats that don't recline. I am SURE ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Reallocate Defense Spending

Recall all troops from foreign lands. Focus our defense efforts on tangible threats to our nation: climate change, energy consumption, degradation of schools and infrastructure, reliance on foreign energy, drug smuggling. We're over-extended and it shows. It's time to get America back in shape, by focusing on America and Americans. Our troops would be used on construction projects, border security, and misc. other ...more »

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Department of Defense

Save Pride in America

Make the Armed forces more visible to the general public. Perform routine & maintenance maneuvers within view. There is great pride in America when you see & hear a couple of military jets flying overhead at 5000 feet, or seeing a convoy driving down the highway. Increase the everyday visibility of the Armed forced and increase pride in America. Show tangible items tax dollars are used for.

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Legislative Branch

Let the USG Produce/Refine/Store Oil for Its Own Use

In addition to Private production. (NOT Nationalizing/takeover) US Government Owned/Run Oil Exploration/Drilling/Refining/Storage to be used for USG needs (Cutting out the middle men for fuel). Fact: The US Government is the largest consumer of fuel in the US. Fact: Approximately 25% of the planned Department of Defense budget is for fuel. More is used during wars. Fact: The US Strategic Petroleum Reserves are in ...more »

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Department of State

Overseas posts - eliminate private vehicle shipping

At overseas Missions (Dept. of State, USAID, and others participating in ICASS) dispense with paying for importing/exporting personal vehicles for employees. Instead, use the existing motorpool (which may have to be augmented with additional vehicles), have employees provide proof of personal insurance and/or buy into a mission-wide insurance policy, as well as pay for gas and upkeep. In exchange, they would be assigned ...more »

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