Department of the Interior

Replace Office/Cubicle Trash Cans with Recycle Bins

The trash cans within our individual office and cubicle space as well as the restrooms should be replaced with recycle receptacles. The trash receptacles can be relocated to a common area (generally where the community recycle area currently resides) and instead of daily or every other day office/cubicle trash pick-up, we have office/cubicle recycle pick-up. This will promote more recycling and force folks to physically ...more »

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Department of Commerce

Release Census Address Files

Currently, Census Address Files are not in the public domain. Releasing only the list of address, while protecting personal privacy, would be a boon to private sector while saving other governement agencies resources since they are paying to develop these same addesss lists. For example the broad band mapping program is spending many millions, a nationwide address file would save them millions since they need not compile ...more »

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Department of the Interior

Employee Incentive Program to Decrease Travel Expenses

I suggest you create an incentive program for traveling government employees to lodge at cheaper hotels in order to decrease travel expenses. I envision the incentive program being based on the amount that the lodging expense is under the maximum lodging rate. For example, The maximum lodging per diem rate in Pittsburgh is $119. At this time, a federal employee could stay at a Red Roof Inn for $62.99 per night. If the ...more »

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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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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Reduction in Telephone Expense

Replace expensive and inefficient landline telephones with Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephones or with a monthly cell phone plane that would be cheaper then such expensive phones. If that is impractical, then set up "phone banks" where several employees can share lines. Most people use their own cell phones anyway.

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Office of Personnel Management

Reduce staff travel support for political appointees

Enforce a policy that limits the number of staff accompanying political appointess while traveling. In the past year I have witnessed, on multiple occasions, agency/department heads traveling with as many as 10 staff to locations where agency personnel are located. It is unnecessarily expensive and insulting to those of us located in these 'non-headquarters' locations because it demonstrates a lack of trust that we can ...more »

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Department of Justice

Reducing Computer Costs

All government computers should have disk defragmenter softrware installed on them, if not already, and should be kept on all the time. Without this software, hard disks would last 2 years at the most. With this software, hard disks would last between 6 and 10 years, 6 at a minimum. This would not only save money on hard disk replacement, but computer people could save time by not having to manually repair hard disks ...more »

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Department of the Interior

Research Wildlife Biologist

Instead of paying (multiple?) contract companies to handle password resets for the multiple systems we work with (e.g. govtrip, BASIS+, agency network, Lotus notes email), establish a secure website that requires our employee ID cards (smart card) and associated PIN where we can go to remind us what our password is -or to request an automatic reset, which would be the former password with a random number added at the ...more »

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Department of Energy

Staff Accountant

Stop monetary awards to GS15 and above for a year and return to the Treasury at the end of the Fiscal Year unspent budget amount. In addition, stop the office moves. Finally, turn off the lights that is not necessary inside the office buildings and outside during the work hours and replace the ones outside with solar ones.

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Department of Defense

Saving money and cutting back

I really think that the government should leave social security alone so when people retire they will have it. Another thing the health insurance reform there is too many taxes that we have to pay to support it and it should not happen. Another thing when owning real estate and when selling it there should not be a capitol gains tax at all. Rent income should not be taxable at all. Plus there should be a hiring freeze ...more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Job Application Improvement

Eliminate the requirement to provide supporting documents for job applicants when applying for positions and require it only after an initial screening of eligibility. In addition to more documentation for HR to review (and protect) to determine eligibility, it solicits additional privacy information that could be avoided. For example, a current Federal employee who is a 30% or more disabled veteran has to submit: SF-50, ...more »

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Department of Energy

Save files electrionically

Save all paper documents electrionically into shared drive and for employees who telework can access shared file to pull documentation and save their work in shared drive.

 

This will save millions on printing paper, ink replacement costs, printer maintence expense, frees up storage room and save storage expenses

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Office of Personnel Management

Consolidate Leadership Training

This is the 4th government agency I have worked for and all of them have staff working on leadership programs. For example at ATF, they have a staff of 6 people working on leadership programs. Also, they contract out much of the work and it is very costly. This is redundant since they are under the DOJ and they're doing the same functions. Also, OPM has an excellent leadership program that all the government can use. ...more »

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Department of the Interior

Research Wildlife Biologist

Eliminate or modify the customer service surveys that contractors send government employees each time after we contact them for help. It takes employee time to answer these, and I wonder if the government has any idea whether these surveys are useful or not? Determining they are worth employee time would be difficult. Instead provide a website where gov employees can submit a complaint about the service if it isn't ...more »

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