Department of Transportation

Air Traffic Control

There are large expenses in maintaining air traffic control towers - hvac, facilities, engine generators, etc. Also, air traffic controllers are paid high salaries. NATCA would like you to think they are suffering and poor, but the public is not that ignorant. With today's high speed technology and redundancy capabilities, it is possible to simply have a few poles with video cameras placed around the airport, instead ...more »

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Department of Energy

let's get off the grid- develop energy solutions for homeowners

develop and commercialize an electricity generating technology such as hydrogen fuel cells for use by homeowners to suplement or replace electricity usage. This would reduce electricity demands on electricity providers and make individual homes and homeowners more self-sufficient. Would be able to integrate with solar and wind technologies depending on local conditions.

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Executive Office of the President

Instead of using proprietary operating systems Like Microsoft consider going to an Open Database Standard like Ubuntu.

Why continue to pay for proprietary operating systems like Microsoft when open database standard products like Ubuntu are available for free. The government pays millions every year for Microsoft enterprise licenses, for not only its operating system (Windows) but for its Office suite browser etc. All of these products are available in the open database standers arena and all are configured to work with Ubuntu. On ...more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Allow The 100MPG Car By Laws Protecting Invention Sales

Legally stop the buying of inventions/devices that improve the mileage of cars so the technology won't go to waste. There have been patented inventions that increase MPG of a car by 25-200% by various methods. For example, a man designed a motorcycle that got over 400MPG for a Honda contest. Honda gave him a cushy job and destroyed the prototype. This must be stopped so we can have 100MPG cars. You could use legislation ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Allow Fuel Saving Inventions to Market BY LAW!

Legally stop the buying of inventions/devices that improve the mileage of cars so the technology won't go to waste. There have been patented inventions that increase MPG of a car by 25-200% by various methods. For example, a man designed a motorcycle that got over 400MPG for a Honda contest. Honda gave him a cushy job and destroyed the prototype. This must be stopped so we can have 100MPG cars. You could use ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Government-Wide Knowledge Management Initiative

The federal government should implement a knowledge management initiative across federal agencies. Knowledge Management, or "KM" for short, has recently gained significant interest in several federal agencies drawn by its potential to increase productivity and decrease redundancies and inefficiencies. KM is a way of formally evaluating an agency’s current state of knowledge capture, sharing and flow, and determining ...more »

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Department of Defense

Open Systems Approach to Peducing Software Complexity

Proposal: Change the way the government develops software so make it more efficient, more stable, less complex, and less costly. Use Coherent Object System Architecture (COSA) to develop true state machines for software. Statement of Reasoning: Software has become a dominate cost to the government and to industry. Reducing the complexity of software can significantly reduce the cost to produce software. COSA has ...more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Utilize Solar Panels in arid regions.

In areas where we have plenty of surface area and abundant sunshine we should make the best use of both. Let us the cover the tops of buildings and parking structures with solar panels. Buildings and structures serve a purpose, which is to protect us from the elements; however the tops of these structures just take up space - let us use them to their fullest capability. We should not be so dependent on fossil fuels ...more »

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Department of Commerce

Embrace Technology: Implement Computer-Based Interactive and Adaptive Training

The US Census Bureau has spent millions of dollars over the last year simply to train their staff and field employees. A large amount of this training was repetitious, most notably when previous employees were brought back for new operations and subsequently re-trained on the payroll procedures, Privacy Act regulations, and countless other topics that are not operation-specific. Thousands of employees were also forced ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRATION SOLUTION:SELF FUNDED DETERRENT PREVENTING THE HIRING OF UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS

I suggest a new type of proactive solution in the form of an enforcement system to deter the hiring of undocumented workers (illegal aliens, deportable/inadmissible aliens) through self funded economic incentives (monetary rewards) generated by fines. It will encourage the public to report violators and discourage employers from hiring undocumented workers. A percentage of the fines levied on employers of undocumented ...more »

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Department of Labor

USERRA Case Management Modernization

Modernize the USERRA Case Management process. Create an electronic file to which documents and case notes can be added as they are received. This would automatically arrange case files in chronological order. This would not only reduce the time required by investigators in compiling and maintaining paper files, but also reduce postage and shipping costs when cases are closed and must be reviewed and sent for final ...more »

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Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency

In Spirit of Franklin, Create Public Service “Library" (Online) for Sharing Personnel, Resources

In 1731, our most ingenious, and frugal, Founding Father – Benjamin Franklin – had a stroke of genius: a circulation library. Since everyone loves a good book, yet since few can afford one, why, he wondered, not share books? And why not establish a central repository where they could reside? We can, I think, apply that same philosophy to the modern needs of our federal government – just as he might, but with a few twists ...more »

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Department of Commerce

Switch to the Mac desktop platform Government-wide

Most think this idea too large an effort to adopt. That is a misguided notion. The implications of adopting it reach far beyond simply saving money. Macs are a pinnacle of true American creativity and innovation, and will help our government for a plethora of reasons. 1. National security. This is the most important reason. We truly want to protect the American people from information loss, theft, and cyberterrorism. ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Self-Service Screening - Technology - Security - Cost Savings

My idea is to implement self-service screening stalls (Plexiglas walled). These facilities would have credential readers (Credential Authentication and Verification devices) and credit/debit card readers. If the credentials and credit card were valid, the stall door would be unlocked for entry. The traveler would have 1 minute to divest, load bins and successfully walk through the metal detector (2 tries) without any ...more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Convert Bulky Employment Manuals to PDF

I suggest you eliminate large manuals that could be more easily, and cheaply, sent as PDFs than printed. One of the most egregious wastes of paper – and money – is the continued printing, despite the now-widespread use of PDFs, of pre-employment manuals; pre-appointment manuals; and office operations manuals, which are rendered more wasteful since they are constantly changing. A simple, easy, cost-cutting solution would ...more »

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