Executive Office of the President

Electronic Signature-A GREEN Cost Saving Initiative

Update the E-Sign Act of 2001 requiring electronic signature on all documents and accompanying storage within 5 years. Savings in paper, mailing costs, fax machines, paper storage (it is a MAJOR GREEN initiative). Efficiency is increased by seamless transfer of information at the speed of the network. Security is increased by electronic encryption of documents. Federal acceptance will jump start private sector for major ...more »

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US Agency for International Development

close the gap on temperatures in metro and public buildings

Turn down the AC in metro cars and office buildings to decrease the gap in outside and inside temperatures. People dress for the temps of the season, then ride on metro and sit in their location of employment all day wrapped in ratty sweaters and bundled in shawls. Productivity goes down when employees are physically uncomfortable, as well as creates negative impacts in health and morale. In addition, outside guests ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Ban Smoking on All Govt Property

Collectively, our country loses billions of dollars in lost work productivity every year due to smoking. This is a national disabing phenomenon and it needs to be addressed for the economic health of our country. Post signage to ban smoking on all government property, including building entrances, parking lots, sidewalks, etc.

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US Agency for International Development

Please save our eyes! Replace our tiny computer screens

Pay respect and attention to the critical eye health of employees. Most of us in my federal agency are working 8-10 hr days on tiny computer screens. The extra investment into large screens per user will be paid back in a short time cycle based on increased productivity, efficiency, less time downdue to eye strain and headaches, improved morale, etc.

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Legislative Branch

Active use and promotion of Flex time, telecommuting and other time.work options

Press the federal agencies to actually allow employee use of the flex time options that are 'on the books' but too often individual management determine they do not want to employ in their divisions My boss is great and does her best to meet the requests of employees, but I have countless collegues who are not 'allowed' to access time/work options. If an employee has proven to be professional, productive, performance ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Healthy Refreshments

Discontinue the practice of serving sodas and junk food at official functions, e.g., picnics, receptions, etc. Serve only healthy, nutritional foods and beverages. This will reduce healthcare costs, illness and sick leave. It will also enhance productivity and encourage healthful living.

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Department of the Treasury

Combine Requests for Information to our Customers: i.e. Return Census and Tax Forms Together

The same information is often requested from multiple agencies (name, address, dependents, and income). Where possible combine forms across agencies to consolidate the requests we make of our customers. Immediate benefits will include: • Consolidate requests to our customers (in 2010 we submitted our tax and census requests within weeks of each other) • Reduce duplicate envelope cost, a more “green” approach • ...more »

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General Services Administration

Train Locally – Use Existing FEB Training in 28 Locations Across U.S.

Large cost savings could be gained if federal leaders were encouraged to train their employees in the cities they work. Approximately 88% of the Federal Workforce is located outside of Washington D.C. This is better for the environment and will save the federal government in travel and per diem costs. Federal training already exists in 28 large cities through the Federal Executive Boards (www.Feb.Gov). FEB sponsored ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Productivity

Require mandatory work from home days during inclement weather days (for a portion or all of the work force in the affected area) as a means of testing COOP plans and reducing waste.

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Department of Health and Human Services

Communication Training

Communication is the key to success in the workplace. I think that all employees, Federal or otherwise, that work on government projects should go through mandatory communication training. There are communication failures in the workplace-- day in and day out. These failures cost us greatly, because they require us to redo work, cause resolved and unresolved conflict, waste time and productivity having to recommmunicate ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Results Only Work Environment

Implement the program being piloted in OPM in every feasible agency and OPDIV. We already have the tools to do it. The performance monitoring matrices have been developed and implemented. Results Only Work Environment (ROWE) is practical for most if not all office based positions and has increased productivity and reduced cost effectively in the private sector for years. It has also allowed companies to recruit and ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Lack of access to personal email decreases work productivity

Dealing with inefficient communication between my children’s' caregivers and doctors, etc. decreases work productivity and employee engagement across DHS. Asking employees to use their government email address for personal emails is inappropriate for three main reasons. First, not all employees have access to their work email when not a work. What are these folks to do when not in the office? How are they to check ...more »

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