Department of Health and Human Services

Electronic Format for all current paper documents

Change Policy to give electronic format for all requests, unless other format is specifically stated. For example, responding to freedom of information act requests, all paper documents must remain paper, one sided printing, in the current policy. This needs to be updated and electronic format such as PDF should be the default. A PDF is exactly the same quality as a paper copy, losing no information, saving paper, ink, ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Eliminate personal desktop printers

Eliminate personal desktop printers Use printing stations for all, defaulting to double sided printing. In the event of confidencial material, individuals can submit a request to aquire a desktop printer, but this would drastically reduce printer and ink purchases, and paper as more people will not be temped to print as much because it will not be at their fingertips.

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Department of Energy

Small changes make a Huge difference....

Each year each Federal organization implement a similiar process locally. Employees submitt ideas on a "SAVE" award that are applicable to their own department or office. I think if every organization implemented just one idea within their own office then the cost savings will be huge. People will feel like their ideas are being heard and are welcomed. Morale could improve and teamwork could be more embraced. Ideas ...more »

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Department of Labor

SAVE PAPER< TIME< MONEY

All agencies that require paper drafts for review by another person could electonically send their draft to the reviewer for edits and release. Thus elminating less paper, less time spent reviewing, and less ink ,and less energy.

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Department of Energy

Each organization complete a six sigma lean event

Have each organization complete a six sigma event to streamline their processes to reduce waste. I know the organization I work with has implemented new ideas out of the air and sometimes performs additional work than that is what required. It needs to be determined if this additional work efforts are actually needed and are benificial. A lean six sigma may find numerous ways to streamline processes and reduce waste. ...more »

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Department of the Treasury

Eliminate the $1 note and the penny.

The average annual production of $1 notes from 1980 - 2009 was 3.5 billion. The average lifespan of a $1 note is only 21 months. The average lifespan of a coin is 30 years. An April 7, 2000 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report stated that the government seeks to keep roughly 7.5 billion $1 notes in circulation. The cost of minting 7.5 billion $1 coins at $0.12 per coin is $900 million. The number of new ...more »

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Department of Energy

Pick the top 10 ten ideas to implement.

Pick the top 10 ideas to implement. There are alot of good ideas that people have submitted. Some people have been really creative and put alot of thought and effort into writing their ideas down. It would seem only appropriate to pick more than just 1 idea to implement.

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Department of Transportation

Establish a Government Owned Paper Shred Services!

This would create jobs, create revenue and save the government money. The government is required to save records for so many years and then dispose of those records. On top of that, the everyday usage of shredding that takes place due to information (classified or personal) printed that must be shredded. We all see the big shredding bins, full of paper, waiting to be picked up…..by a contracted out company. That ...more »

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