Department of Housing and Urban Development

Use accountability to reduce printing costs

I constantly see papers sitting by the printers and copiers throughout this agency that no one claims. I'm sure this contributes to many wasted dollars and is not environmentally conscious. I think that agencies should require government employees to enter a unique individual or office access code before utilizing printers and copiers. A sense of accountability can encourage employees to think twice before hitting the ...more »

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Department of Commerce

Buy Instead of Rent Government Facilities

Buy the land and the buildings government offices are housed in instead of paying rent on them for years on end. This way a finite amount of money will be spent on housing an office or agency instead of a constant outpouring of government funds for rent that will never be recouped. When new buildings are built the government can recoup some of the cost of the original building if sold or even rented to a non-government ...more »

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Department of Commerce

Wasted Cell Phone/Plan Charges...

Allow employees with the need for a cell phone, to opt to use their personal cell. Instead of wasting money for a cell phone and plan that is rarely used, offer a small incentive (~ $10-$15/month) for employees who choose this. Most do it anyhow! Those who choose not to can still carry an issued cell.

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Department of Agriculture

GOV TRIP - Utilize Commercial Online Travel Booking - NOT GOVTRIP - AND GET COMMERCIAL FARES !

By using an online commercial travel booking service such as Travelocity or Orbitz we could save millions - literally. By using GovTrip we are wasting millions of dollars by 1. untold employee hours (and likely the most money) wasted due to poor website application functionality, 2. not being able to book the least expensive options, 3. the cost of the application itself, 4. difficulty in processing travel vouchers after ...more »

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Department of the Treasury

Combine Requests for Information to our Customers: i.e. Return Census and Tax Forms Together

The same information is often requested from multiple agencies (name, address, dependents, and income). Where possible combine forms across agencies to consolidate the requests we make of our customers. Immediate benefits will include: • Consolidate requests to our customers (in 2010 we submitted our tax and census requests within weeks of each other) • Reduce duplicate envelope cost, a more “green” approach • ...more »

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General Services Administration

Train Locally – Use Existing FEB Training in 28 Locations Across U.S.

Large cost savings could be gained if federal leaders were encouraged to train their employees in the cities they work. Approximately 88% of the Federal Workforce is located outside of Washington D.C. This is better for the environment and will save the federal government in travel and per diem costs. Federal training already exists in 28 large cities through the Federal Executive Boards (www.Feb.Gov). FEB sponsored ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Do away with Use It or Lose It Buget Practices!

Do away with the use it or lose it budget practices. So much waste occurs at every level when groups purchase unecessary equipment & services for fear that if they don't use all their budget this year they won't be able to request the same or more the following years. How about something like a 401K where if the group comes in 5% under their budget for the year they earn a match that gets banked so when the money for ...more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Control Transit Benefit Misuse and Waste

Better control transit benefits in the Washington, DC. area. Transit benefits are not supposed to be used for personal use or for parking. I believe if the government did a study in DC, they would find a significant portion of transit benefits are used inappropriately. I do not believe this is being done to defraud the government, but due to lack of knowledge on the part of federal employees and the fact that most ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Lack of access to personal email decreases work productivity

Dealing with inefficient communication between my children’s' caregivers and doctors, etc. decreases work productivity and employee engagement across DHS. Asking employees to use their government email address for personal emails is inappropriate for three main reasons. First, not all employees have access to their work email when not a work. What are these folks to do when not in the office? How are they to check ...more »

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