General Services Administration

Government-wide Reuse and Disposal Initiative

I propose that a Government-wide Reuse and Disposal program be established. This would allow for quantifiable cost savings in procurement and disposal across the entire government. It would also result in a measurable reduced impact on the environment. Too often equipment that is disposed of within one agency is still useful to another. A computer that was used for high speed data analysis 3 years ago is still more than ...more »

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Department of Defense

Get Serious About Base Realignment and Closure

Get serious about BRAC - we have too many military bases where there is no operational mission - many with the overwhelming population of employees being contractors. Putting an umbrella over several bases and calling them a "Joint Base" generates limited savings and saying you closed a base, only to now call it an "annex" to another nearby base offers limited gains, as well. The intent of base realignment and closure ...more »

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Overseas limitation

The five-year overseas limitation should be eliminated. The rule limiting Department of Defense employees serving overseas should be changed. Capable, valuable employees should be permitted to continue to serve for a longer period. Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs would be greatly reduced, effectiveness and efficiency would be greatly improved with this increased continuity of operations. The increased turnover ...more »

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DoD a leader for Water Conservation efforts

The Department of Defense should lead water conservation efforts by implementing water collection methods and recycling on its facilities, ships, etc...For example ships undergo inclement weather at sea instead of allowing rain to go down the rain, a collection method or apparatus should be installed to redirect or harness this wasted blessing.

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Department of State

Significantly Reduce Security Protection of Gov't Officials

By limiting security protection to just the President, Vice President, Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, and, whenever necessary, those with legitimate threats against them, we could save our government millions of dollars! Not just millions of dollars this year, but tens of millions in the years to come. Think about how much money our government spends on private airplanes/military flights, hotels, rental cars, ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Sort SAVE Award ideas by common threads

There have been some wonderful ideas captured in the SAVE Award process. Also, many ideas are being repeated several times. It would be good to take a look at all the ideas and sort them by theme instead of agency and find the top ideas that way. For example, several people have suggested a post for recycling items that are useful, one was from NASA, DHS, and USDA. They all are suggesting basically the same thing, a repository ...more »

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Department of Defense

How to Better Spend Military Recruiting Dollars

Dollars spent for military recruiting are especially high and the highest category is traditional advertising i.e. tv commericals. The 17-24 demographic doesn't respond to television advertisements in the same way previous generations did. To eliminate wasteful spending on over the top capaigns, better results can be obtained through more targed campaigns that hit the passion points of the dempographic but at a lesser ...more »

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$3,196,000 savings yearly: Assign MIST/CMSE to U.S. Embassies & hire Foreign Service Nationals in Africa to augment teams

This inter-agency proposal saves $3,196,000 yearly and supports U.S. -Africa goals for economic growth and young African leader outreach. Background: The Defense Department's U.S. Africa Command sends military members in teams (Civil Military Support Elements, Military Information Support Teams, and other types) to U.S. Embassies in Africa for 3-6 months at a time. These service members, non-commissioned officers (NCOs) ...more »

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Department of Energy

Deploy Vehicle Idle Elimination and/or Reduction Technologies ($300M - $375M in Savings)

Deploy no idle/limited idle time vehicle technologies. Many law enforcement agencies and departments across the country require vehicles to sit at idle for significant periods of time (4-8 hours) during the course of a work day. This idle time is necessary due to hostile environmental conditions (extreme heat or cold) or other operational requirements. Currently, anti idle technologies exist that allow interior enforcement ...more »

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Department of Energy

Take action on energy efficiency of Federal buildings

I suggest we audit the energy performance of all Federal buildings, both civilian and defense facilities, and commit to concrete targets for improving efficiency through smart management techniques and upgrades in future years. The benchmarks established and future progress could be transparently disclosed to show how our government is taking measurable action toward using public resources as efficiently as possible. ...more »

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Department of Defense

DoD Thin client laptop implementation

Innovation: In today's DoD environment, people need computers to get their jobs done. Most users have computers complete with a processor, RAM, hard drive, applications, etc. In a lot of cases, users also have multiple computers at their desk to work different levels of classification. The truth is, the cost for all this extra hardware, space, cooling, power, software licensing, etc. is unnecessary. In fact, thanks ...more »

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The KISS Method to energy consumption

Energy use has to be a big expense to our government agencies. Some easy things that we can do to help in this expense are simply to turn it off. At the end of a workday, shut off all lights in work spaces and power down our computers. It can be as easy as, if you’re not using it, turn it off. I can't tell you the amount of lights and unnecessary power consuming items are left on and nobody is using them or even needs ...more »

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