Department of Defense

Ovens In Kitchen - Save Time AND Gas

Installing one or more ovens to cook food during lunch would save a great deal of money. Many government facilities are geographically large, and it can often take 10 or more minutes to get to/from the work site from the main gate. Further, on-post dining facilities are underutilized due to concerns on food quality or variety. As a result, many employees drive off-post to eat, where much of the commute it spent simply ...more »

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Department of the Treasury

Replace Cash

Printing money is expensive. We could save money with an automated system. I propose we show our patriotism by getting an American flag tattooed onto our hand – or some patriotic Americans can have it on their forehead. The flag will be specially coded with a small bar code under it that is unique for every citizen. A database will keep track of each person’s accounts. To enforce this system, cash will become void ...more »

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Executive Office of the President

Mow and remove unwanted vegetation with sheep and goats where possible

Mow and remove unwanted vegetation with sheep and goats where possible. Natural vegetation removal through the use of sheep and goats wherever possible is something that could save the government millions annually, reduce pollution, maintenance, gas and oil requirements, while producing lean, healthy protein that needs to be purchased on a regular basis by the government anyway. With advances in portable electric netting ...more »

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Export-Import Bank of the United States

Facilitate import export with international countries

I advise that you facilitate import export with/betweem international countries such as North Africa etc... - they have excellent cheap products that are almost impossible to import in the states. This would cut spending if customs and USDA etc would be controlled but less expensive. We would get more exotic, tasteful and cheap products in the states. Please would not have to go obese with junk food but would have more ...more »

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Department of the Treasury

GROW - FEAST - REPEAT

My suggestion is to create a small ecocycle for federal buildings with onsite food services. New food services contracts could include onsite production of produce, either on the grounds of the facility or on facility green roofs. This would turn water sucking lawns and bushes into food producing plants and herbs. Food is harvested by contractor and used in daily menus. Garden and vegetable waste is then composted to ...more »

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Legislative Branch

No More Junk Food Ads

Prohibit advertisements for foods and beverages which have no nutritional value. This would apply to foods and beverages which exceed a minimal level of harmful fat and sugar. This would reduce the prevalence of obesity, especially in children who are attracted to these ads.

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Department of the Interior

Encourage a Plant-Based Diet

Government can become more efficient in its goal to reduce greenhouse gases and its carbon footprint by encouraging a plant-based diet. A recent study by Worldwatch Institute stated that 51 percent of human-caused global greenhouse gas emissions came from the production of meat, eggs and dairy products. A few ways to encourage a plant-based diet could start with communicating information about how the current industrial ...more »

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Legislative Branch

No free Federal Booze or "bonus" for travel

Ban on all purchases of liquor, entertainment, or food with government-issued credit cards. Instead, a voucher with a specified limit (like an ATM) issued and “charged” with per diem rate for meals while in travel status. Un-used portions are returned to the Government or relinquished. No more cash “bonus” for travel. Legislative, executive, or judicial travel where liquor is served must be paid for by end-user and ...more »

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Department of Justice

Food Service Bureau of Prisons

Create a way for inmates to sign-up for meals they plan on eating, before they are prepared. This would eliminate food being prepared for the whole population and only one half of the population shows up to eat the meal. The excess prepared food is thrown away. This would eliminate a lot food being wasted. Often inmates spend money in the commissary to purchase food and do not come to mainline to eat.

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Department of Justice

Green Guy Coordinator

I see a lot of really good money saving ideas listed here but how many will never be seriously looked at? Why not create at least one position for a person to work with all the facilities and coordinate efforts between them to maximize the savings? HUGE money savings can be had at nearly every institution but what works for one will seldom work for another. All too frequently programs are implemented across the board ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Reduce food waste and donate unused food from government cafeterias

Recent estimates indicate that 40 percent of the US food supply is wasted. A significant fraction of that food waste is generated by the food service industry as exemplified by government cafeterias. I suggest tracking how food is wasted in government cafeterias, determine how to reduce the waste, and divert unused food towards food banks or homeless shelters. In addition to improving the efficiency of government cafeterias ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Use Inmate labor to reduce cost of incarceration

Inmates cost the United States tax payers hundreds of millions of dollars each year. We have inmates sitting around with very little to de except cause the correctional staff issues to be concerned with. Let's use this vast labor force to be productive and REDUCE the cost of their incarceration and tax payer burden. Something as simple as institution farms would not only dramatically decrease the cost of feeding all of ...more »

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Department of Agriculture

Revamp FDA Practices

Investigate and outlaw common FDA practice of FDA officials' seeking and obtaining employment within food and drug industries for which the applicant was instrumental in obtaining FDA approval. (Research shows an FDA emplyee obtained an infuential possition with the Soft-drink industry after they were instrumental in the approval of aspertame.)

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Department of Health and Human Services

SOS Save our Students!

Implament healthier food choices for school lunches. How can we stop a childhood obesity epidemic if our schools are teaching kids that tater-tots are an acceptable choice of vegetable. Encourage schools to implament school based gardening programs including greenhouses so they can either use the produce in house or send it to distrobution centers for food pantrys or government commodities. If children are involved in ...more »

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