Department of the Interior

Returning unused appriations

All agencies should be required to return all funding at the end of the year that is left over after all expenses for it's operations have been met.

 

Spending extra appriated funds on frivilous things such as furniture, more travel etc. is a waste of tax payer money.

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Department of Commerce

Physical Scientist

At NOAA the grants process is online; applicants apply online and much of the grant process is handled online.

 

We need a mostly online process for contracts as well.

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Access Board

Use Open Source Software

Use Open Source Software. Replace MS Office with OpenOffice to start with. Replace MS Windows with Linux (Ubuntu for example.) Replace Photoshop with GIMP. There is a free, open-source equivalent to virtually all commercial software products.

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Legislative Branch

Multiple reductions.

I suggest you reduce the amount of energy used. In the summer we freeze with the air conditioning and in the winter the heat is very high. Heaters are run in summer due to the air conditioners being so cold. Lights should not be left on in bathrooms when not in use. Halls should not be lit during daylight if sufficient light is coming in from outside. This should happen year round and not just during emergency situations... more »

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Department of the Interior

Research Wildlife Biologist

Use all the ideas submitted here that are good! Hopefully you have a system of selecting all good ideas and sending them to the appropriate agency, not just the 1 or 2 top winners? It would be a waste of our time as well as a lost opportunity to use the good ideas if all were discarded except the top winner. Although the criteria for 'top winner' aren't posted, presumably the winner is one that saves the most money,... more »

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Department of Energy

Hotel per diem savings split

Hotel room cost is one of the largest individual expenses I see come through for Federal travel. There is currently no incentive for an employee to stay at any place charging less than the maximum per diem. I suggest that if the traveler stays at a hotel with a rate lower than per diem (or even stays with a friend/relative), then the traveler should be allowed to split the cost of the savings with the government.... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

When Government rates are not the cheapest, the cheaper outside rate can be accepted.

Allow Government Employees to accept cheaper rates during travel. As of now when using Fedtraveler you are given government rates, but often those rates are not the cheapest. Tax payers dollars are waisted when I have to accept a flight through Fedtraveler for $500, when I can make my own reservations through Airtran or other airlines for $250, for the same flight.

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Department of Homeland Security

SAVE PAPERWORK

REDUCE PAPER WORK. SPECIFICALLY TRAVEL PAPERWORK THAT IS FOR TRAVEL BY A GOVERNMENT VEHICLE THAT USUALLY RESULTS IN $0.00 IN PAYMENTS TO THE TRAVELLER. WE ARE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT TRAVEL REQUESTS FOR ANY TRAVEL OVER 50 MILES. I RECOMMEND THAT THAT BE ADJUSTED TO 150 MILES.

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Department of Commerce

Physical Scientist

Eliminate use of styrofoam and plastic bags in cafeterias/restaurant of Fed buildings. Even if a contractor runs the sevice, require use of recyclable cardboard containers, paper cups and bags. Require them to offer cost incentive for people who bring their own food or beverage containers. Require recyling in all Fed cafeterias. Offer incentives to adjacent food service places to use recyclable or re-use (bring your... more »

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International Assistance Programs

All Electronic Official Files save paper and money

USAID is moving to an electronic based file management system. However, we are not yet there and while we have the capability to move to an entirely electronic system we still keep paper files. This costs the USG extra money for paper, printers, scanners, etc. If we could move to ALL ELECTRONIC OFFICIAL FILES accross the USG we would save millions in paper, copiers, etc. This seems to be normal practice in private... more »

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Executive Office of the President

Energy Savings

Would it be practical and cost effective if there was a mandate that all federal workers worked from home at least once a week. I would think this would at least cut energy cost.

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4 votes
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