Executive agencies should be required to post their responses to all Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests (excepting privacy-protected information) online in a searchable database. This would eliminate duplicate processing for frequently requested documents and be in line with open government principles.
All government documents should be printed on double sided paper, and all unnecessary documents should be printed electronically and sent through email. I heard one story of the Census Bureau spending $10,000 to next day air a pad of paper from Washington, DC to California. This kind of spending is why the government gets a bad rap, and simply ridiculous spending like this is not something I want to pay for in taxes! ...more »
Drop FISSA requirement that all official documents must have hard copy. At least set up a layered system of requirements.
Although this is an old idea, it never came to fruition because there are no common operating systems. Enable Federal agencies to scan documents into electronic format and to process case files electronically. Non-Department of Justice agencies would be required to use the same software platforms as DOJ (Adobe 9 and Word Perfect, etc.) This would reduce significant agency costs associated with copying, retaining and ...more »
Reducing barriers for agencies to issue customer service and continuous improvement surveys can result in significant savings to agencies while greatly improving taxpayer services and reducing administrative burden on the public. It only requires streamlining portions of the Paperwork Reduction Act that greatly impede two-way communication between agencies and the public, while maintaining OMB oversight of agency collections ...more »
Loan applications and other core functions such as this produce a large volume of paperwork. In the spirit of paperwork reduction, I would like to see this process streamlined electronically; perhaps in line with a realtime application for tracking. This would allow internal staff to follow the action, provide free-flowing information between divisions, and allow HUD to communicate outcomes with its customers without ...more »
Require National Council members and senior staff to read applications online rather than "flagging" applications that have to printed and mailed in multiple copies.Four times per year thousands of unnecessary pages are printed out for this purpose. There is a wonderful online review application system already in place that is not being fully utilized. The peer review panelists are required to read and evaluate the applications ...more »
To keep in line with the all electronic initiative, require Federal Government employees to receive their tax refund electronically.
A revision of ATF form 4473 (5300.9) Revised August 2008, could result in substantial savings in printing costs if the form was simply re-designed to a one page format. Currently the form is four pages long, with the last page of the form being a blank sheet of paper, which is normally discarded. By deleting the blank sheet of paper alone could result in substantial savings over the course of a year, and help the environment ...more »