Department of Defense

Charter Depot Maintenance Facilities

Instead of having DOD maintenance facilities that are staffed by government employees they should be staffed by contractor employees. Under this idea, the government would provide the facilities and the equipment while a contractor provides the workforce. In essence you would have a chartered maintenance facility. The government would then monitor the contractor’s performance to make sure tax payer money is being appropriately ...more »

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Department of Defense

Get rid of the 50/50 rule

Get rid of the 50/50 rule which is only in existence so Congress can please their constituents while screwing the rest of us. Without 50/50 Organic maintenance facilities have no competition or very limited competition. There is no incentive for them to actually produce anything because they know the work will always be there. The result is that tax payer money is wasted while the nations war fighters suffer.

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Department of Defense

Stop painting equipment "[insert Air Force Base] brown"

Stop painting equipment, fences, backs of signs, etc. "[insert Air Force Base] brown". Thousands of dollars are wasted every year by the Air Force (and other branches of DoD) painting things non-industry standard colors. For instance, painting the back of stop signs in not only unnecessary, but a perpetual maintenance issue. Other items, such as electrical equipment must be ordered special in order to match this color. ...more »

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Department of Defense

Lower the voltage to save energy

Lower the voltage on the "electrical services" to buildings to save energy, on DOD Activities that operate and maintain their Electrical Utility Systems". Taking each building separately and lowering the tap connections or a manual selector "tap changer" adjustments at the "pad" or "pole" mount transformers that provide the electrical service to the buildings. As the voltage is decreased- the current or amperage will ...more »

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Legislative Branch

NATIONWIDE SAVINGS ALL AGENCIES - TELEWORK - SAVING GO BEYOND THE RENT...

Consolidate administrative offices and make teleworking mandatory. In rent alone it averages about $600 per employee, not to mention the average cubicle cost $7000.00. Multiply that by the number of administrative employees, add in the guard service, electricity, phone, etc. This could be a HUGE savings nationwide. Allow workers to work from a home office, maybe have some smaller Government shared "hubs" scattered around ...more »

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Department of Defense

TERMINATE OFFICE MACHINE LEASES

CANCEL DEFENSE AUTOMATED PRINTING SERVICE (DAPS) COPIER AND PRINTER LEASED MAINTENANCE AGREEMENTS: I suggest cancellation of maintenance agreements for common office equipment such as printers, copiers, etc., (allowing, for rare mission essential functions such as safety and customer volume with appropriate high level agency authority). A review at one federal location determined it would be cheaper for personnel to ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

TEN HOUR WORK DAY

TEN HOUR DAYS, for Federal Employees, will lower energy consumption and utility bills from the buildings and vehicles we use. It will lower maintenance costs for infrastructure and mechanical devices. It will build morale by giving employees more freedom to enjoy life one extra day. Productivity would increase. Customer service would increase. Apathy would decrease and there would be less call outs from “burn out”. ...more »

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Department of the Interior

Don't be fooled by FMSS

Here at the National Park Service we use the program FMSS to account for our assets, appoint maintenance schedules and more or less keep track of what we own. The program requires a lot of data to function well and since its incarnation (it) has assumed many things about the condition of our assets. The problem I have with this system is that it does not necessarily take current conditions into account when determining ...more »

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Department of Transportation

Advanced escalator technology

To decrease energy consumption in federal office buildings and decrease escalator maintenance costs, retrofit escalators with auto detection technology to automatically start and stop escalators, as appropriate. Thus, the escalator would start when a person approached it, and when no one is near the escalator, it would shut down. In the alternative, require this technology for all new federal construction and when ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Weekly Rolling AWS

Subject: Weekly Rolling AWS I work in the main complex of CMS in Baltimore, MD. The main complex is structured in three large buildings. My idea is to have rolling alternate work schedules each week. On Mondays and Tuesdays, one building would entirely be shut down and all employees within would be on AWS. On Tuesday and Wednesday, another building would be entirely shut down and all employees within would be on ...more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Ceiling fans at each cubicle station add summer cooling and winter heating

Install ceiling fans (or some equivalent facility-appropriate fan) controllable at each cubicle. In the summer, employees who turn on their fans will make their air feel an average of 5 degrees cooler, so the HVAC temp can be turned up that much. Meanwhile, employees who prefer a slightly warmer environment can leave their fans off, giving each person more control over their environment while saving the government money. ...more »

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