Department of the Interior

Ecofonts for reduction of the use of printer ink

One of the daily expenses for the government is the money spent on printing supplies, especially ink. The use of special printing fonts could save an estimated 25% on the use of ink for laser and inkjet printers. Through government-wide implementation of software (such as ecofont http://www.ecofont.com/en/products/green/printing/saving-printing-costs-and-eco-friendly/why-ecofont-saves-more-ink-than-century-gothic.html) ...more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Telework for Government employees on code-red/code-orange air quality days

Government employees should be encouraged to work from home on code red air quality days. This will decrease the amount of pollution emitted, it would decrease overhead costs for the government, and it would protect human health by keeping employees from breathing the poor air quality. This could, in turn, reduce the number of doctor/hospital visits for people who are sensitive to the pollution, which would then save ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Save $20M+ annually - Electronically Print & Deliver Congressional Record

The Congressional Record cost tax payers $28,390,000 each year to print and deliver to Congress. If converted to electronic format, voice and color enhancements could be added simultaneously with electronic dissemination to significantly reduce these costs in the millions of dollars. Additionally, speedier dissemination (via email, RSS Feed, special website, etc.), authentication and preservation would be guaranteed ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

PRUNING THE WORKFORCE-Eliminate MRA...allow 30 and out like Military

Like any robust thriving plant, the government workforce needs a pruning. Recommend providing 3-5 years additional time to employees tenure who have reached 30 years service but are still short of Minimum Retirement Age (MRA). If an employee accepts the added time which puts them at MRA and 30 years service, they must execute retirement option within 6 months. This would allow a new generation, in particular the war veterans, ...more »

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General Services Administration

Tire Repalcement on Government Vehicles

I suggest that every branch of the government that maintains vehicles such as light trucks and maintenance work trucks and SUVs change from new tire replacement to recycled tires manufactured by a reputable retreading company. For example if any light truck with standard size tires needs to replace those tires, the average cost per tire at government rates would be approximately 175 dollars per tire. By using recycled ...more »

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Social Security Administration

Eliminate $255 Lump-Sum Death Benefit

This one-time benefit no longer satisifies its original intent, has never been increased with inflation, and does little to decrease cost of a person's final expenses. The cost to the government and taxpayer to accept, adjudicate, process, and make payment further decreases its actual value. Eliminate it all together and extend the solvency of social security; our most necessary trust fund and social safety net.

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Department of Commerce

Reducing printing cost

I suggest something simple that it is not being implemented here at DOC in Boulder, CO. Set all printers to two-sided printing as a default setting. It's simple, it won't cost money, and it has the potential to cut paper use by half.

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Health Care Savings for all government employees and Congress

Enroll all employees into the VA Health Care System, except for persons whose residence is geographically challenged to travel to a VA Medical Center. A portion of the projected health benefit costs could be appropriated to the VA to enhance services, where needed, for our veterans and our government employees. It would save taxpayer, and employees' families money, and send a message of confidence in the health care ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Pay Federal Employee's Tax Exempt

My idea is to pay Federal emloyees a tax exempt value. This would take the same concept as municipal bonds to salaries. Budgets are artificially inflated due to a cyclical accounting of re-collecting taxes due on these salaries. Also due to the number of federal employees that do not pay their taxes correctly the recouped money stays with the government. Additional savings would be made through eliminating collection ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Plain Language for Describing Medical Services to Seniors

To help seniors better understand what their health care providers are billing/charging the Medicare program, beneficiaries' Medicare Summary Notices should include plain language about services billed to Medicare by inpatient and outpatient providers. Most seniors do not understand the scientific and medical names of certain diseases and body parts. Therefore, they may not be able to report fraud and abuse. By using ...more »

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General Services Administration

Savings for being a Senior Citizen

As a greater number of employees are in the Senior Citizen category, there are many local and state programs for Seniors which could be used by these employees to save the government funds. One of these is the reduced commuter rail fair for seniors in MA.

There are potientially many other programs for seniors which could save money.

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Department of Health and Human Services

Piggybacking or pooling of software purchases for maximized cost savings @ local level

There should be a mechanism for federal agencies to piggyback or pool resources to purchase software and maximize efficiency of scale. For example, if I want to purchase 1 license of a product, the cost is much higher than if I purchased 500 licenses. If I'm aware of other users of this software across the federal services, ideally I should be able to contact that group to piggyback on their purchase and avoid paying ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Don't toss out extra plants at the Botanic Garden

Surplus plants at the Botanic Gardens and throughout the Architect of the Capitol should not be thrown away like they are now. Hundreds, if not thousands of plants are just tossed in a dumpster every month. They could be sold to help offset costs or donated to charities.

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Social Security Administration

Allow return to work reports through SSA online services

Instead, on making a claimant call or go into an office to report a return to work, we should allow them to submit that on-line. This would allow a receipt or acknowledgement for the claimant that their return to work has been received by Social Security. It would also allow Social Security to follow-up and timely process this return to work before it becomes an overpayment. Social Security loses millions of dollars on ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Fair Share for Commuters

Provide the same fixed dollar amount to all employees, regardless of how they commute to work. Currently, those who park for "free" often receive a higher financial benefit than those who walk, bike, use transit, or telework. The high cost of parking is absorbed by taxpayers. These "free" parking costs include the market rate for parking, environmental pollution, noise pollution, car accidents, road and bridge maintenance, ...more »

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