Toner Cartridges: If we could possibly limit all of the differant types of printers that we use,then we could save 10's of thousands of dollars on all of the differant types of toner cartridges that we need to buy. Also if we could get a early notification when printers will be replaced, then we could not have so many cartridges left over for machines that we no longer have.
I suggest we create a program for recycling people. This program would involve taking people that currently may not be able to take care of themselves and making them useful to society. This program would involve taking people applying for welfare, or anyone that feels they need "recycling" and preparing them to be productive in society. This program would start with a physical, mental, dental and vision exam to ensure ...more »
Public Transportation should be mandated for commutes above 25 miles one way.
Public Transportation on trains should be required for Airport Travel - connections in So. CA don't even connect to the airport! you have to get off the train and then wait for a bus! - The trains must connect at the airport with shuttles to each area. Less pollution, less hassle!
The NWS uses a system call EMRS (Engineering Management Reporting System). Field offices are required to use this system to improve workflow issues. In CRH (Central Region Headquarters) there is no workflow for electronics or facility requests from the field to the CRH. Instead multiple e-mails and multiple phone calls are many times necessary in requesting, tracking and following up on requests. There is a Facilities ...more »
NASA has a mandate to work in the metric system, but we consistently work in the English system. The United States is one of only two or three countries that still routinely use the English system.
Change the work week to 4 days, 9 hrs per day. This would save 4 hrs per person every week, which would be significant savings. Most people would rather have 36 hrs/wk instead of being laid off. There would be utilities savings for the government by being open only 4 days per week. The employees would save some in gas and other expenses and have more days off.
I suggest our government follows the lead of many colleges and universities and installs solar panels on NASA buildings, setting an example for energy savings across the US.
In Support of the Department of the Interior’s New Energy Frontier Initiative I propose utilizing existing long distance electrical energy transmission infrastructure now in place and developed earlier associated with hydroelectric power generation. Under the Department’s New Energy Frontier Initiative, development of renewable energy technologies such as solar, wind, geothermal and biofuels would reduce the United ...more »
Implement a flat tax system. Every US citizen would pay a simple flat tax on every dollar earned. No loop holes! Every person pays the same tax percentage on what they earn regardless of their income status. This way everyone pays the same amount of taxes, which is truly fair, and thus would eliminate the tremendous overhead costs in mainitaining and the administration of the IRS. Currently, the tax revenue burden ...more »
I suggest that the Employee Suggestion Program (ESP) across the federal government be emphasized and operations improved so that there is not additional need for the President's SAVE award. How neat would it be to have such a thing as the Presidents SAVE award issued to the BEST savings from the already in place Employee Suggestion Program (ESP) instead of creating a new process to get suggestions which deprives the ...more »
I suggest uniformed government services establish a quartermaster for each Field Office/Sector.to handle uniform and equipment replacement> Currently uniformed officers have a dollar amount to spend each year. Uniform replacement should be jusiified by a one for one replacement on selected items. This is to create a cost savings for the government.
In federal and other governmental agencies, institute new office - Taxpayer Ombudsman to oversee projects to completion. This person should be a true leader in getting any particular project done. Departments will have to compete to be chosen to be on the team. Everyone's focus will be getting the task done - not protecting their own little fiefdoms or settling for what is comfortable. Recognition and pay will come from ...more »
Someone needs to interject an updated cost/benefit model for utilization of renewable energy/green technology into the FARs for acquisitions/purchasing. The standard cost effective analyis does not account for the desirability of reducing carbon emissions or utilization of renewable energy sources - it's just straight cost vs energy savings over years and engineers can't deal with long term paybacks. If we were to factor ...more »
Return the United States Forest Service to the Department of the Interior. The USFS mission does not fit in Dept. of Agriculture, and the politics, IT systems, and duplication of services between departments is costing us highest quality service to the nation.
Retrofit all federal buildings with gray water systems with water directed toward grounds watering needs. Filter as necessary naturally through ponds like those found at the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, TX. Plant areas with native plants, trees, flowers to reduce watering needs. Bury soaker hoses / weeping water lines and eliminate sprinklers. Utilize buried “Watering Pots” or similar system in the ground ...more »