General Services Administration

Standardized Font settings for printing

I suggest you... require that all Federal agencies use fonts in documents and email that require less ink when printing. Justification: Some computer fonts use more ink than others when printing. The amount of ink a font drains is driven by the thickness of its lines. A font with “narrow” or “light” in its name is usually better than its “bold” or “black” counterpart. The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay recently... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

NCI Nurse

Provide electronic reading devices such as Kindle to NCI IRB members. Then instead of making (I believe) greater than 30 photocopies of documents that often top 100 pages, members could read the documents on the portable electronic device. If a pilot of this idea works in the NCI IRB, it could be expanded to other institute's IRB's, and possibly other committees, that currently review paper documents throughout government.... more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Consolidate Clearance and suitability adjudications within one agency

consolidate security clearance and suitability adjudication within one agency - possibly OPM. If OPM is the agency responsible for background investigations, logically, they could also provide adjudication for those investigations. The security community should only be making determinations based off of ICD 704, 5 CFR 731 & 732, and E.O. 10450 and 12968 - yet each agency wants to make their own determinations and is... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Distance Learning via VTC

Video Teleconference equipment has been procured for most government offices. We can utilize those VTC units for distance learning and remote training. This will help deduce the loss of time and travel money moving people around to get to some types of training. This distacne learning will not work for all training, but will work for most elcture type training.

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Department of Homeland Security

Redesign JQAP:

Redesign JQAP: Background - The Joint Agency Quality Assurance Plan (JQAP) Mission Statement: Support as appropriate CBP’s efforts against agricultural terrorism (agro-terrorism) and biological terrorism (bio-terrorism) by maintaining a strong agricultural presence at ports of entry. JAQAP Vision: JAQAP will provide suggestions of preventing terrorist and terrorist weapons in the form of agro-terrorism from entering... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Cash out annual leave over 240 hours

We are only allowed to carry over 240 hours of annual leave. This results in much wasted time as people try to figure out exactly when to take one hour here and two hours there so that they end with exactly 240. Also it results in people taking weeks of vacation at the end of the year (which decreases the amount of work being done even more) because they don’t want to lose any hours over 240 (nor do they want to donate... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Agency/Group Wiki's to Collaborate and Capture Information

Currently there is no way to capture the plethora of information which is generated that doesn't fall in to the "official document" category. This could take the form of a knowledge base, a brainstorming area for improvements, a project organization tool to decrease meetings and keep track of ideas. Overtime the ideas here could help form changes in guidance documents and capture the "individual" knowledge that only... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Reduce contractors and let feds do technical work

Quit outsourcing so much of the technical work! I have a MS in a technical discipline (paid for by the US govt), years of hands-on experience in mid-tier and mainframe systems and over 20 years with the federal government, yet CMS has decided to "contract out" every facet of technical work. We'll even overpay for a contractor to construct and manage a basic excel spreadsheet. As an example, do an audit on the Oracle... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Telecommuting reduces transit subsidy cost and overhead costs

I suggest you further support teleworking. Many agencies, including FEMA, provide transportation subsidies for commuting to the office. When teleworking the commute costs are eliminated and there are no transit subsidy costs. Even if an employee telecommutes 2 days a week the commute costs is reduced. Additionaly, overhead costs associated with workspace can be minimized if there are less people reporting to an office.... more »

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Department of Transportation

Hotel reward/saving

I suggest a win win situation for both the government, taxpayer and the government employee. When booking travel arrangements if the traveler books a room at a rate lower than the allowed cost by the government they get to keep 1/2 of the savings. For example if a person was traveling to city X and the allowed room rate was 100.00 dollars but the traveler booked a room for 75.00 dollars. If the trip was 5 nights there... more »

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Legislative Branch

Cafeteria TVs

Turn off televisions in Government cafeterias to save energy and money. Most of the time they are ignored and the noise from them hinders conversation.

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Department of Homeland Security

Transit Subsidy

Transit Subsidy - instead of paying for DOT to travel to various offices all over the US, we have the employee do a local travel each month on how much they spent for the month. They cannot go over the alloted subsidy though and when they are off sick, leave or detailed, they would not have spent that money so they do not declare it for those days. Once a local travel is done, their reimbusement is put in their account.... more »

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Legislative Branch

Why not have/create an agency that does ALL security clearance?

Why not have an agency that does ALL security clearance? Security clearances are expensive and are not done in a timely at some agencies. Every time we move from agency to agency we need another security clearance, meaning a Secret clearance at DHS is not recognized/honored at DOJ and vice versa. Also, I have heard these security clearances are contracted out! Wouldn't this task be considered "Inherently Governmental"?... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Reduce Uniform Allowance relative to time in service

I suggest the IEA uniform allowance should be reduced relative to years in service. Over the years an IEA accumulates an increased amount of equipment, clothing, etc, that becomes redundant. This information is based on comments from numerous IEA’s who have been in the service for many years and spend their accounts for the sake of spending because they already have everything in triplicate.

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Department of Homeland Security

Automate Processes and Integrate Systems

With advancements in information technology, we need to invest more in automating our processes, linking multiple IT systems together, and sharing accreditation and technology documentation between agencies. We need to stop being afraid to learn a new system just because it is something new or just because we have never done it that way, especially when it will make our jobs easier, faster, and save millions of dollars... more »

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