Department of Education

Data-driven upgrades and repairs

Each year, the government is involved in retrofitting, upgrading, and maintaining its buildings. However, to date there is not a comprehensive database that contains information about buildings' energy use and tracks building maintance actions or the benefits derived from them. Thus, there is no clear way to determine what work has already been done and whether the work led to energy savings, among other things. A database ...more »

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Department of Justice

Turn off electrical equipment when it's not in use.

My suggestion is simple -- so simple that most households do it to some degree. Namely, turn off electrical equipment when it is not in use. I have worked in the last two years as a contractor in three federal agencies -- the FAA, the Smithsonian Institution and the U.S. Dept. of Justice/COPS. In all three agencies, I noticed a great deal of energy waste. In particular: Employees leave lights on in rooms, including ...more »

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Social Security Administration

Online Social Security Statements/Status

Allow beneficiaries of Social Security to access limited payment status information online. Functioning similarly to an online bank account, this feature would prevent many calls to the 1-800 number and many office visits for questions regarding payment status and overpayments. Not much would need to be available to prevent a significant portion of calls and visits. (Payment status, Overpayment balance, Recent checks, ...more »

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Department of the Treasury

Saving Paper and Money

Working as an administrative clerk, I deal with a lot of paper. What I consider a waste of money is the amount of paper used for creating our weekly timesheets (Form 3081s). To curb the costs of purchasing paper and shipping it to records centers, I recommend moving the entire process to an electronic storage system. Since our timekeeping system (TAPS-SETR) already stores timesheets from week-to-week, the only necessary ...more »

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