General Services Administration

Government-wide Reuse and Disposal Initiative

I propose that a Government-wide Reuse and Disposal program be established. This would allow for quantifiable cost savings in procurement and disposal across the entire government. It would also result in a measurable reduced impact on the environment. Too often equipment that is disposed of within one agency is still useful to another. A computer that was used for high speed data analysis 3 years ago is still more than ...more »

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General Services Administration

Utilization Of Excess State And Federal Property

Have the GSA build a free online pool of excess supplies, furniture, tools, vehicles, computers and other IT or office equipment, and other excess items that can be used by any needing state or federal agency and that they can all donate to when someone discovers their department has an excess of any items. Reward people for donating their excess and for using the system instead of spending budget funds.

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Department of Education

MANDATORY SCHOOL UNIFORMS FOR ALL PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN THE U.S.A. (ELEMENTARY, PRIMARY, H.S.)

We all need to get in the habit of playing our part environmentally by reducing, reusing and recycling our waste, and if it has financial benefits then it is an even bigger bonus. If school uniforms were mandatory in every state, parents should be and would be encoraged to reuse and recycle unifroms and school sports kits because is GREEN AND SAVES MONEY! Also, school uniforms are a possitive impact on the learning enviroment. ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Purchase remanufactured printer cartridges vice new ones

Purchase remanufactured printer cartridges vice new ones. The typical cost is 25% - 60% less and could result in serious cost savings.

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Boxes - Reuse before Recycle

What to do with the thousands crisp clean unmarked 20x24in box and filler that the 12 pens you ordered arrived in? Of course we can break them down and throw them in the recycle bin outside to be soaked to pulp and reconstructed again at a cost including in the shipping of your next order. Solutions: Start requiring GSA, BPA and Agency Contracts to require packaging be of a reasonable size and volume relating to contents. ...more »

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Department of Defense

Turn In Unused Office Supplies For Redistribution

I suggest you open a room in my agency and probably others to turn in office supplies and allow others to come by and get them free. Many agencies are going away from allowing employees to recycle office supplies to be reused by those in need. I constantly have excess office supplies laying around but there is no longer a way to let others know that I have them so they can get them and not have to buy new. It used to ...more »

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General Services Administration

FedEx to UPS: Return/reuse FedEx Packaging Materials

Recycle: Regarding the change over from FedEx to UPS, I suggest that all the FedEx packaging materials that are stocked in supply rooms across DOC be returned to FedEx for reuse. DOC and FedEx should set up a process to have all those materials returned to FedEx. FedEx should be fully engaged with the set up of this process. Both FedEx and NOAA can claim this as a huge accomplishment, especially if the amount of materials ...more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Allow government scientists to share source code

Revise the technology transfer regulations to allow the government to use government-written software from other agencies or centers. Scientists and engineers at various NASA centers often write software to analyze data, simulate physical phenomena, and operate equipment. Even mathematical equations written on paper are considered software. At present, we must go through the technology transfer, contracting, and export ...more »

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Department of Housing and Urban Development

Office Supplies Reuse Program

I suggest that all agencies begin an “Office Supplies Reuse Program” - this can both save money (office supplies are expensive!) and promote "green" practices by reducing waste and keeping items out of landfills. Problem: When agency personnel clean out their offices the hallways become littered with dumpsters full of only slightly used binders, tape dispensers, file organizers, desk furniture, pens, pencils, accordion ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Consolidated security clearance verification - Governmentwide Enterprise Solution

A single source should handle all security clearance investigation processing vs. each agency creating its own process and infrastructure. This redundancy is counterproductive and forces rework and an administrative burden to "pass" clearance information between organizations prior to meetings. Hiccups in the systems cause unnecessary delays that range from minor (the start of a meeting) to major (several weeks to allow ...more »

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Financial Reform

The Simple Solution

Simple: Recycle more metals and plastics. More reusing of products and reduce emmisions of all vehicles producing emmisions. Also no hidden laws on bills passed to increase taxes or decrease consumption of goods.

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General Services Administration

Regional Excessing Centers To Handle Federal-wide Disposal Efficiently

Centralize "excessing centers" regionally, managed by an appropriate federal agency (GSA, most likely). These giant centers will be equipped to store, analyze and manage excess equipment and materials for the most efficient disposal method, be it reuse in another agency, sale, recycling, destruction or donation. Have these excessing centers accept materials from the entire Federal government, including materials from ...more »

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