Legislative Branch

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Workfare Not Welfare

Require individuals and families work a number of hours each payment period to support their benefits. Consider this a service learning opportunity where everyone is obligated to help earn their income. Opportunities can exist in day care centers, adult day care centers, homeless shelters, cleaning parks and roadways. States, counties, cities, and communities are reducing staff due to the economic conditions and need ...more »

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General Services Administration

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Occupancy Sensors in Cublicles

Install occupancy sensors in cubicles. Often many employees spend hours in meetings and walk away from their cubicle with lights, monitors, and other equipment running. Our agency has installed occucancy sensors in our cubicles with good results.

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General Services Administration

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Quick settings for computer energy efficiency

There are numerous types of software that will set your computer for energy efficiency, quick ‘soft’ shutdown & fast start-up. We all know that shutting down our computer means that we will have a long wait in the morning to start it back up. So most people leave their computer on all night, wasting enormous amounts of energy. With a “soft” shutdown type of software, we can control scheduling for power on, stand by, ...more »

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Department of Transportation

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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