Department of Transportation

Replace Single-Flight METRO Escalators With Stairs

According to METRO’s website 13% of its 588 escalators were not in service today (7/22/10). The majority of those currently being repaired ascend a single flight and the agency spends between $25M-$30M annually (in direct costs) to maintain them. This does not include overhead costs, like energy consumption. Other subway systems utilize stairs for single flights because stairs increase the flow of traffic, are less ...more »

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General Services Administration

CREATE CONSERVATION GARDENS AT FEDERAL FACILITIES

Achieve low maintenance, beautiful landscaping while saving precious water and money. Incorporate native and drought tolerant flora, native bunch grass meadow (instead of traditional lawn), mulch and weed barriers (retain moisture, reduce weeds), hardscaping (stone, wood, dry creek beds, paths, patios), recycled materials, and a water efficient irrigation system (drip emitters, smart water controller). Include signage ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Save Paper/Go Electronic

Although this is an old idea, it never came to fruition because there are no common operating systems. Enable Federal agencies to scan documents into electronic format and to process case files electronically. Non-Department of Justice agencies would be required to use the same software platforms as DOJ (Adobe 9 and Word Perfect, etc.) This would reduce significant agency costs associated with copying, retaining and ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRATION SOLUTION:SELF FUNDED DETERRENT PREVENTING THE HIRING OF UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS

I suggest a new type of proactive solution in the form of an enforcement system to deter the hiring of undocumented workers (illegal aliens, deportable/inadmissible aliens) through self funded economic incentives (monetary rewards) generated by fines. It will encourage the public to report violators and discourage employers from hiring undocumented workers. A percentage of the fines levied on employers of undocumented ...more »

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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 Health and Human Services

Scripted shutdown of CPUs after nightly updates.

Scripted shutdown of CPUs post nightly updates. If it really is "impossible" to shutdown non-essential cpus each night in order that updates be run, at the very least the scripts that run the updates could insure that the CPUs are turned off after the installs. Though as major computer companies (see Cisco) somehow manage to keep computers off at night. Perhaps scheduled updates for 20% of an networks computers each ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Inefficient Computer Components

The majority of computer components within our division consist of huge power (wattage) consuming machines. This leads to higher energy costs per employee which consequentially affects the carbon output within our work locality. From research, there is evidence to suggest that our current output in terms of power exhausted could be mitigated by purchasing energy efficient computer components in which make up the computer. ...more »

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Department of the Treasury

Federal Shuttle System

Institute a fuel efficient shuttle for federal employees to federal government facilities in the Washington DC metro area, using as a starting point the shuttles already operated by selected departments, such as State. This will increase efficiency of transport across the government, reduce the cost of taxis, and possibly reduce Washington area traffic congestion. System (routes, time tables, etc.) ould be designed ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Strongly encourage all Federal Prisons to grow their own produce and compost the excess waste.

There are many federal prisons that have enough space to effectively grow enough vegetation to reduce the amount of produce purchased from outside sources. This would also help the environment by decreasing the amount of fuel used to ship and transport produce purchased on a weekly basis. The compost would be an asset to the earth and help to replenish and stabilize nutrients within the ground. The consumption of ...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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Department of Energy

Vending Machines Placed Timers

Vending Machines placed on timers. This allows vending machines that do not need continous cooling to turned off when buildings are not occupied. Alternatively, they could have times and motions sensor that turns them on when someone wants to use the machine off hours.

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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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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Simply Policies for Significant Savings

Please Note: This proposal is not intended as a formal paper and is more akin to a rough draft. All numbers used are estimates using anecdotal evidence that was available during the Save Award submission period. This proposal addresses two usages of power with the potential for significant savings in energy and government costs with minimal cost of implementation. Simple estimation techniques are applied from observed ...more »

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Department of Defense

Energy Conservation - T8 LED tube lights

Reduce office lighting in federal agencies greater than 55% by installing T8 LED Tube Lights (by passing the ballast). T8 LED tubes are environmentally friendly, lasts much longer than fluorescent lights - 50,000 / 80,000 hours, uses 15 watts per light, come with a five year warranty, UL approved, GSA schedule, & produce footcandles equivalent with fluorescent lights and in accordance with IESNA. The ROI is less than ...more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

READ THIS IMPROVED IDEA! WHY LEAD A HORSE TO WATER WITH A CANTEEN IN YOUR POCKET?

My idea is simple, yet encompasses a variety of our collective thoughts: LET US PRACTICE WHAT WE PREACH! Why do I have 3 fluorescent lights above my cubicle, and 2 more on each side of my desk? Let's reduce the lights and use more energy-efficient, longer-lasting bulbs. Natural light is free and has health benefits, which enables employees to be more productive (productivity = $$$)! All faucets and toilets in our buildings ...more »

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