Department of State

Invest in properties, save millions on rent

Buy properties in poor foreign countries instead of renting them at overpriced rates. In most less developed countries, two years of rent spent on lodging diplomats could afford the mansions they are staying in. Houses are very cheap and locals are overcharging Americans most of the time and we are getting locked into very disadvantageous lease contracts, if the properties were bought at the real local market price for ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Shared Office Space

Why not implement a program of office-sharing in conjunction with tele-commuting. This may not work in all situations, but given that most agencies routinely have people on travel, or on Alternate Work Schedule off-days, why not, for those that can, have "swing office space" instead of every one having a dedicated office that they may only be in 30% or 40% of the year? In fact, I notice that on any given day, only 40 ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Consolidate Operations Centers

Each area within DHS seems to run its own security operations center, with seemingly no cross-agency coordination. In some cases, this unnecessarily complicates communications between different agencies. By fostering agencies and component collaboration as well as consolidating operations centers, DHS could take advantage of economies of scale to reduce the number of real estate contracts to manage and reduce space costs, ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Consolidate Operations Centers

Each area within DHS seems to run its own security operations center, with seemingly no cross-agency coordination. In some cases, this unnecessarily complicates communications between different agencies. By fostering agencies and component collaboration as well as consolidating operations centers, DHS could take advantage of economies of scale to reduce the number of real estate contracts to manage and reduce space costs, ...more »

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Department of Transportation

Organizations Must Justify NOT Granting Telework for Non-Operational Positions

I suggest a mandatory business case to justify all decisions to DISALLOW telework for non-operational positions as part of any new real estate acquisition involving non-operational personnel. This will force agencies to evaluate positions so that the government only procures the amount of office space it actually needs to fulfill mission requirements. Additionally, increased work performance should result because management ...more »

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District of Columbia

Encourage Mixed Use Development

Government agencies in the Washington, DC area lose out from their inability to lease out retail frontage in otherwise vibrant, urban areas. Although there are justifiable security reasons behind the government's decision to keep their urban buildings single use, were the government to develop a metric to determine which pieces of real estate were low risk, they could save money and even generate revenue by converting ...more »

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