Export-Import Bank of the United States

Facilitate import export with international countries

I advise that you facilitate import export with/betweem international countries such as North Africa etc... - they have excellent cheap products that are almost impossible to import in the states. This would cut spending if customs and USDA etc would be controlled but less expensive. We would get more exotic, tasteful and cheap products in the states. Please would not have to go obese with junk food but would have more ...more »

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Department of the Treasury

One Central Federal Fund Cite. End hours of Auditing. Save Big Money.

One Central Federal Fund Cite. Each agency operates with their own financial fund string, when coordinating with various agencies for disasters or regular Inter-Agency work, fund cites become a problem. If the Federal Government mandated a fund string to be used by all agencies, time consuming audits would be a thing of the past. Inter-agency agreements would move flawlessly. A simple code of 50 characters could have ...more »

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Executive Office of the President

<marquee><font color=#800517B0E0E6>SAVE a Few Lives</font></marquee>

This one probably wouldn't save a dime, but in terms of government mission, sacred trust, etc., how about a nod to the LIFE in "life, liberty and pursuit of happiness"? Pretty simple idea, really: Have GAO, agency IGs, or Offices of Quality Assurance do studies of people adversely affected by government decisions made by benefit-paying agencies, who DON'T appeal but whose adverse determinations appear to have been incorrect. ...more »

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Department of Agriculture

Create SAVE at the agency, region or state level

What could make this entire effort even more effective is to create a process to carry out promising ideas at a more local level. I've read some great ideas and nodded in commiseration when scanning others. The interactive process of voting and commenting humanizes the whole process and gives immediate feedback.

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Department of Agriculture

Expand the SAVE Award Program

This is a great program that has generated a lot of great ideas. I hope they will be taken seriously and more than just a few will be put into practice.

 

I think this program could be conducted multiple times per year.

 

Hats off to IdeaScale for implementing the program in such an interactive and collaborative manner.

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Department of Transportation

Replace Single-Flight METRO Escalators With Stairs

According to METRO‚Äôs website 13% of its 588 escalators were not in service today (7/22/10). The majority of those currently being repaired ascend a single flight and the agency spends between $25M-$30M annually (in direct costs) to maintain them. This does not include overhead costs, like energy consumption. Other subway systems utilize stairs for single flights because stairs increase the flow of traffic, are less ...more »

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Department of State

Congressional Protection to Break Leases When Travelling on Orders AND Student Loan Deferment for War Zone Diplomats

Foreign Service officers should be entitled to the same Congressional protections enjoyed by our military. For example, military members on orders must be released from a residential lease contract to allow them to leave when ordered and may not be charged for the rest of the month's rent or endure penalties. Additionally, hotels, housing, and airlines should be prohibited from having a "Government Rate" that is actually ...more »

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Department of State

Environment Friendly Residences/Buildings

Use water filters ("UV filters" as an example) in every government building/residence. That will eliminate the need to buy bottles of water from companies. This will save money and help the environment by eliminating plastic waste.

 

Also, use solar panels for the hot water system in each building/residence. That will decrease the fuel/energy consumption and help the environment as well.

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Department of Veterans Affairs

FEE FIX: Curbing the Cost of Fee Basis for Rehabilitation Services with Job Creation

In the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Fee Basis for rehabilitation services (Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy) accounts for several hundred million dollars annually. In the San Francisco region alone, over 500 fee basis consults to rehabilitation were completed in the second quarter of 2010. The cost per Fee Basis consult can range from $750-1500 or more depending on the case; resulting in an estimated ...more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

SMART Save: Systematic Meeting Awareness Reeducation Training

Problem: MEETING INEFFICIENCIES. Hundreds and thousands of hours in lost productivity, employee costs, travel expenses and overhead can be recovered by utilizing a systematic set of procedures and remote meeting software when organizing and executing meetings. Conservative estimates of total federal meeting expenses are $8 billion dollars annually, (employee wages, travel expenses and overhead). Utilization of a systematic ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Solar Power and Eco-friendly facilites and equipment

We could save millions of dollars in costs just by building better facilities and improving existing facilities and equipment to be more eco-friendly. Currently the El Paso Border Patrol station is an example of the improvements that can be made in this area by using eco-friendly materials as well as solar power which currently supplies almost 20 % of the stations power needs. By utilizing solar power for facilities ...more »

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Social Security Administration

Save time with digital pens for official note takers

The Federal Government needs to invest in LogiPen (digital pens) for the official note takers during meetings. For one note taker alone it would save several hours a week.

 

Rather than buy everyone lap tops, every branch chief can have 1-2 LogiPens per team and can utilize during important meetings.

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Department of Defense

Stop the LEAK!

Many of the government buildings have older "less green" faucets, that leak or continue to run, due to no automatic shut off valve. Incorporate the use of aerators. Inexpensive and would save money.

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