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Streamlining Ethics Approval for Sponsors of Government Travel

I would like to propose a mechanism for streamlining the approval process of Sponsored Travel by Federal Employees. This proposal would create a single government-wide or agency form/agreement that the Sponsoring Agency, Business or Academic Institution’s delegated representative may sign in acknowledgement of sponsored government traveler policies. The document would include: • A statement indicating that the traveler ...more »

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Cap Indirect Costs for Grants

Limit indirect costs on grants, co-operative agreements and contracts. Nearly a third of the NIH budget every year is spent on facilities and administrative costs which do not directly contribute to improving the health of the nation.

Capping these costs, requiring cost sharing for some mechanisms, or at least having a standard F&A rate across federal agencies would save hundreds of millions of dollars every year.

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NIH Lab Spaces

Locate all labs on campus, due to the high cost of build out, and decommissioning. The government can move its admin space off campus and move the labs on campus as the need arises. This will save the Governments billions.

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Light it What you Need - Get a Digital Light Meter

Get a Digital Light Meter and Share it with Others Each office, hallway, conference room should be measured for the amount of light needed. Most areas are too bright and use up too much energy. Light up what you are using and get the right amount of light where you need it. A meeting area, a desk area, but not all the lights in the ceiling need to be ON. Use low-lights on walls. Lots of ways not to feel 'in-the-dark'. ...more »

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Newsletters Don't Have to be Printed

Keep it simple...The monthly printed newsletters can be reduced dramatically. Have a contact person put out the URL site to staff and keep a small amount of the printed newsletter in a shared location. Soon you will see most people like to read the newsletter by e-mail. Very few need the printed information. It's all about saving paper and toner and costs to have it printed.

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Discuss only top 25% of grant applications in NIH peer review

Improve NIH grant application peer review process by using the process pilot tested with most of the ARRA reviews conducted in 2009: This involves having a mail or online review for all applications followed by a face to face review meetings with discussion for ONLY the portion of grant applications that truly are likely to be considered for peer review. So if the typical NIH Institute's payline is up to the 18th percentile, ...more »

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Property Reutlization Awareness

Raise the level of Excess and surplus property reutlization programs. The Government has the ability to save and improve efficiency if they would provide training and actively promote the surplus property reutlization programs to employees and espically procurment officials.

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