National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Greening Agency Lawns and Grounds

Utilize the greenest (most energy efficient and least polluting) techniques for maintenance of lawns, ground, and landscaping on federal sites. Gather what is mown or raked and compost it. Let nature take its course (do not remove fallen leaves from flower beds). Create wildscape habitats that nurture wildlife such as native birds and butterflies. Let them “go wild”. If well planned, they will maintain themselves. Offer ...more »

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Streamlining and Green for the next Decade

I suggest you consolidate all Government Agency Specifications and Guidelines under UFGS and UFC's, as posted with NIBS, to eliminate redundancy, reduce costs of maintaining multiple databases and streamline DoD and all Agency communications regarding Sustainability, Green Building, BIM, and all other pertinent economic and environmental issues.

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Tame Power Point Print Monster

Teach everyone how to create Power Point presentations using the Notes feature in the application. Mandate printing notes pages (not full size and/or color slides) for handouts to meeting attendees, or make one page executive summary the standard handout in meetings. Reason 1: too much time is spent in decorating Power Point slides rather than in clarifying the content of information transmitted. Reason 2: too much paper ...more »

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Smog and fuel reduction

Many times we all sit at a stoplight waiting for it to green. There may be several cars approaching thier stoplight which turns yellow causing all of them to come to a stop. All the time we may be just sitting there with plenty of opportunity to proceed. Think about all of the wasted gas idling and the wasted gas of those who must come to a stop and then waste gas to get back up to speed again. I think there are way too ...more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Reduce Descoped and Unused Facility O&M Costs

Facility planning is too often reactive to budget or mission changes. Reactive approaches to descoping program changes result in unnecessary O&M costs and belated mothball, abandon, and demolition actions. Existing facilities planning charters should institute a proactive process to frequently evaluate potential program, installation, infrastructure, and facility mission changes and the resultant operations and maintenance ...more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Financial Structure

Remove any restrictions to commercial enterprise actions by nasa.If an employee wishes to patent/license/direct a scientific result, have them submit to mngmnt the comprehensive whitepaper that describes it, and if the proper directorate personnel determine that it is worth pursuing, then commit agency resources...take on private enterprise partners(Boeing?) that show interest. But CONTROL the marketing & production, ...more »

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Department of Agriculture

Airfares for Official Government Travel

I suggest the government negotiate a new government wide (all angencies and personnel) contract with commerical airlines or a travel agency that gives employees travelling on official business better airfare prices than the general public, even for refundable tickets. Given the amount of travel by government employees it seems this should be feasible. Currently government employees are paying considerably more for many ...more »

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Department of Defense

Programmable Thermostats in Federal/State Facilities

Mandate the installation and use of programmable thermostats in all federal and state office buildings/facilities. Then program the temperature (heating and air conditioning) to 78 degrees during the day and 85 at night. Obvious exceptions would be hospitals, etc.

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Department of Justice

Nationwide Clearinghouse For Validating Benefit/Aid Eligibility

Establish a nationwide electronic clearinghouse for all federal, state and local agencies/authorities to access when determining eligibility requirements prior to initiating, or continuing, benefits or assistance to individuals. Clearinghouse information will be provided by agencies identified as the sole source of data required for agencies to comply with their policy requirements. Some examples of sole source agencies ...more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Cost/Environment Improved by Technical Portability of Documents

portibilityProvide portability of documents by providing government employees with netbooks/iPads to download documents to read remotely, take to meetings etc. This would reduce the need for printing, and print products (paper, toner, repair service) as well as related items such as notebooks. The cost would be reduced as well as potentially improving the environment.

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Extend Human Presence in Space

By finding the dosage of intermittent partial gravity the human body needs to stop bone loss, humans can extend their presence in space more than the current 6 month limit. Extending the true human presence in space saves the government hundreds of millions of dollars per year since they can lower the frequency of space access to change out crews. You start with spinning mice on the ISS in one of three existing short ...more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Printing Front and Back for Drafts

Teach everyone how to print front and back on all printers in use. Set printers to print automatically in duplex mode with draft ink setting for copies of working drafts Make this printing preference standard for all print jobs. Reason 1: too many copies of too many documents in working draft stage are printed on front side only because it takes some thought and effort to set up duplex printing for each job. Reason 2: ...more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Getting More Bang For Our Computer Services Dollar

My suggestion is to review the ODIN contract to determine if we are paying to much for the services provided by this outsourcing agreement. In recent years the cost of buying desktop computers, laptop computers, scanners, and printers has fallen tremendously. I feel the costs of computer seats are to expensive when looked at on a monthly and yearly basis. I think it would be cheaper to just replace a damaged computer ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

IDENIFYING PEOPLE OF INTEREST

Establish a unique background identifier. I believe that creating an artificial background by high pitch regency will establish a location of any voice or video communication scorch, mobile or mailed in. suspect areas can be targeted with small stationed emissions transmitters with a preset range. With most US cities on Cameras anyway a simple process fitting them with this transmitter. Over seas in part of the Embassy ...more »

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