Department of Energy

Real Time Pricing for Electricity Rates Can Save Hundreds of Billions

Investigate/Implement Real Time Pricing for electricity rates for all local, state, federal, DoD facilities to include military, education, etc... 10% annual cost savings realized at Naval Support Activity Panama City FL earned. This could be worth hundred of billions to the country. Shift hours of operation to non-peak hours.

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Executive Office of the President

Travel Location First Consideration List

Issue list of U.S. locations that should be considered first when government agencies are planning for a conference, meeting and/or training. The list should focus on U.S. locations hit the hardest by our current downturn in the economy (e.g., high unemployment rates, recent loss of industry/large businesses). When face-to-face federal government meetings must occur, consideration of hard-hit U.S. locations will most ...more »

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Department of Defense

Consolidate local military recruiters into one civilian position

My innovation is to change the military recruitment process by having civilian recruiters. Personnel: One GS-11/12 could replace five E-5/6’s. There is savings in personnel costs and those uniformed individuals can rejoin their unit and ease some of the combat rotations. Marketing: Currently, millions of tax dollars are spent by each branch in competition with the other. The Army gets a rock climbing wall; the Marines ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Use Open Source

Use open source products rather than 3rd party. This idea would eliminate tremendous amounts of money that is wasted buying products with no comparative advantage. For example, consider how much is spent on every government employee to provide a slew of Microsoft products that are mostly not used, provide no comparative benefit to citizens, and provide no tangible benefit to users over open source versions? This idea ...more »

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National Science Foundation

Live where you work; Work where you live

Encourage agencies to hire employees within a certain radius of the physical work location. This could reduce the need for employee transit benefits, allow employees to shorten their overall day (work hours + commute hours), and it would help the traffic congestion, Metro over-crowding, and the environment.

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Social Security Administration

Wasted analog telephone lines/Sub-Par Contractors

I believe the government would save a lot of money, if they audited all the telephone lines and numbers they pay for to insure they are truly being utilized. After consulting with my Director, I worked for over a month going back and forth with AT&T, trying to get two cell phones turned off that the office no longer needed or used. The AT&T representative said they couldn't turn off the cell phones because we could ...more »

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Department of Transportation

Local Government Transportation Planning

Partner with more local governments and businesses to promote transportation alternatives. For example, a bike sharing program in a city may help both federal and local government workers move about the area with greater ease. It additionally would allow for a reduction on fuel consumption and green house emissions. An effort such as this could be partnered with local mass transit incentives and programs such as car-sharing ...more »

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Department of Energy

Job Stimulus

There are a lot of operations the government does for itself; maintenance, IT, legal, etc. While some of these aspects may need to be government-run for security purposes, others may not be so critical. If we allow local organizations and businesses to be provide their services without contract or non-compete agreements (this part is important), we would help them to grow, allow those whose business focuses best on those ...more »

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Department of Agriculture

Buy locally instead of through GSA

I suggest that government purchase agents be allowed to buy locally items that may be on GSA, but can be picked up at at a local store without the cost of shipping. Office supplies are a great example of this. Why go out on GSA and buy an office supply when it can be bought at the local superstore? From what I understand, purchasing agents use to have this ability, but no longer do.

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