Department of Defense

Recharging Alkaline Batteries is Possible using Solar

I suggest you try and recycle alkaline batteries using the following method. My husband did this at home quite by accident, and it works fantastically for AA alkaline batteries. We have found that we can recharge and recycle alkaline batteries by putting them into our solar outdoor lighting systems instead of the expensive "solar" batteries. I guess the trickle charge is low enough and long enough to perform the job. ...more »

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Legislative Branch

The Air Program Information Management System (APIMS) Implemented Federal Government Wide for Implementing Executive Order 13512

APIMS is an Air Force owned IT system, specifically designed to do Air Emission Inventories (AEI) including Green House Gas Inventories. I has the capabilities to do Scope 1,2 & 3 as it applies to these inventories, it is a web based system, fully accredited and secured and hosted at DISA Oak City. With the standizing of algorithms, naming convention and scope requirements already available, this truly makes APIMS the ...more »

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Social Security Administration

A Web application that allows a person to get real-time data on the wait times of local Social Security offices

Although, the Social Security Administration is trying encourage people to use functions online to avoid people coming into field offices, people still come in and wait in lines. If a person has to come in, I think there should be a way that through someone's smartphone or computer they can search for local offices and find out what the average wait time will be. It would help SSA offices and people manage their time ...more »

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Department of Energy

Electronic Invoicing

I suggest you require all vendors to submit electronic invoices verser paper. These electronic invoices can automatically be upload into the accounting systems. The Department of Energy has developed a system that could be used by other agencies. The cost savings could be tremendous and the vendors receive a more timely payment as a result.

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Legislative Branch

Government-wide excess property website

I suggest the implementation of an U.S. government-wide website that allows any government agency to procure excess property for only shipping cost would save the government much money. The site would be comparable to GSA advantage, but purchasers would not have to pay for the item, they would merely have to pay/arrange shipping or pick up. This saving would be immediate. It would give the government the means to stop ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

BALANCING LIFE AND THE MISSION: COMPRESSED SCHEDULING IN LAW ENFORCEMENT

Over the past few decades, many state and municipal law enforcement departments across the country have studied the advantages and disadvantages of implementing a compressed work schedule (CWS) for their uniformed officers and agents. “Lateral thinking,” coined by Edward de Bono (1970) is a set of approaches and techniques designed to find radically new approaches to problems - to come at them from the side rather than ...more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Smoke free Federal Buildlings and Offices occupied by Federal Employees

Make Federal Buildings and Offices occupied by Federal agencies/bureaus smoke free environments. This would include the area surrounding the building. As a result, it would decrease the number of employees taking smoke breaks during the day, ultimately wasting the tax payers money. According the the CDC, 21% of adults over the age of 18 are smokers. The average smoker takes 4-6 smoke breaks per day. If it takes 15 ...more »

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General Services Administration

Replace Fax Machines with Internet Fax Service to Send & Receive Faxes via Email

Traditional fax machines are extremely wasteful. However, many employees across the government need to send and receive faxes for a variety of reasons. We should replace all fax machines with internet fax services, which provide fax-to-email and email-to-fax capabilities. That means you can receive any fax as an email (comes in just like a scanned document), or send any email or scanned document to a traditional fax ...more »

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Executive Office of the President

Outsource Federal E-mail services to the commercial sector

Companies such as Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and others offer Federal Government security compliant E-mail services at a fraction of the cost of comparible Government provided E-mail services. Requiring competition would result in immediate cost savings to the Government. Additionally, it would improve the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of Government information sent in E-mail. It would improve the processes ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Electronic Movement of Memos instead of Snail Mail

I suggest that instead of routing paper memos with paper "buck slips" via inter office mail, snail mail, FedEx, etc., that instead each desk have its own mulit paper scanner to scan that memo and then start the routing process. I suggest that the .pdf version of that document along with the forwarding of the e-mail up the chain of command be deemed as the "original" memo and the act of forwarding the memo acts as an ...more »

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Executive Office of the President

Scan More, Mail Less

Interoffice mail should be limited to items that cannot be scanned and emailed (or posted to a shared folder or workspace). If employees have access to a high speed scanner, no document is too long to be scanned and emailed. Along with immediate savings on physical delivery costs, scanning more documents will also save money in the long-term. Electronic records are easier to track, store, and retrieve. They take up ...more »

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Department of the Treasury

Electronic Document Circulation & Approval Processes

Many document circulation processes (e.g. for working drafts, incoming letters, etc) involve hard copies being sent around. Also seems like there are a lot of processes with an "official" part which involves the "formal" hard copy circulation, while the electronic version of the same documents are sent for review via email or posted to a shared folder/workspace. Hard copy circulation may be necessary for a variety of ...more »

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Department of the Treasury

Use SKYPE for traning!!

All employees should get a web cam on their desk computers or laptops. We can save money by having Trainings via SKYPE. Everything is live and will be seen by the teacher. The cost of travel, Per Diem and Logging will be saved. (All Departments)

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