Department of Commerce

Reduce Paper Usage, Save $1B+

Having worked with multi-agencies over the last 3 yrs, I came to realize that US Govt uses more paper than anyone else in the nation. We use paper, ink, printers, and faxes which probably amount to quarter billion dollars alone annually, when taken in amount the cost of items, human hours put in to turn the paper in electronic data, (and when not needed anymore), to file, to recycle/shred, and garbage disposal etc it ...more »

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Social Security Administration

REQUESTING SSA PUBLICATIONS-STREAMLINE THE OPTIONS

Currently, as a Teleservice Representative for the Social Security Administration, I have access to a large supply of paper fact sheets and publications that are stored in our supply room. I even have a somewhat dust-covered supply on my desk and in my file cabinets. I think we can save shipping costs and the paper used to produce these SSA publications and fact sheets if we focus on using the Public Information ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRATION SOLUTION: SELF FUNDED DETERRENT PREVENTING THE HIRING OF UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS

I suggest a new type of proactive solution in the form of an enforcement system to deter the hiring of undocumented workers (illegal aliens, deportable/inadmissible aliens) through self funded economic incentives (monetary rewards) generated by fines. It will encourage the public to report violators and discourage employers from hiring undocumented workers. A percentage of the fines levied on employers of undocumented ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRATION SOLUTION: SELF FUNDED DETERRENT PREVENTING THE HIRING OF UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS

I suggest a new type of proactive solution in the form of an enforcement system to deter the hiring of undocumented workers (illegal aliens, deportable/inadmissible aliens) through self funded economic incentives (monetary rewards) generated by fines. It will encourage the public to report violators and discourage employers from hiring undocumented workers. A percentage of the fines levied on employers of undocumented ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Revist the prison island solution as it worked with Australia. We could use Mars.

Australia is a unique among the nations of the world because it originated as a prison island. In the 17th and 18th century the British took their common criminals and other prisoners halfway across the world to Australia. There they would leave them with some supplies, and the prisoners, all alone, began to cultivate the island. Also many of the prisoners became shepherds. They began to raise many, many sheep. Sheep ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Scratch This! (Pad, that is).

I have a suggestion to save money - government wide. I call it "Scratch this! (pad, that is)." This is a very simple idea with huge cost-savings. When I was in the private sector, I worked at a hotel/resort that conducted business with a printing company (letterhead, business cards, etc.) We were constantly steno pads, tablets of paper, etc., for folks to jot down notes (even though those notes were of a temporary ...more »

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Department of Defense

Reduce Paper-Printer Use- Buy a Kindle

Reducing the reliance of an organization on printed documents requires a level of commitment that challenges preconceived notions and established norms of managing documents. Create a requirement for all government agencies to migrate towards document digitalization by minimizing the reliance on printed media. Reducing the bulk of printed documents across the government saves not only untold millions in ink and paper ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Make Electronic Filing Work to save money and paper

this is a small idea, but it would save money and paper.... we have switched to electronic filing, but there are two ways in which we have not caught up. (1) we continue to be provided with sets of 3 file labels which are printed out before the case is assigned. One label is on the litigation folder, the other two are placed inside the folder for labelling the record on appeal, despite the fact that we no longer need ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Stop Ordering Phone Books

Stop ordering pallets of local phone books! Send an email for request, and then obtain an exact number requested, no more. We will find that most people do not need or want a phone book, and many only take it because it is sitting there so they feel they might as well, but they would never have gone out of their way to request it because they don't need it. Save the money and the paper.

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Department of Health and Human Services

Electronic Format for all current paper documents

Change Policy to give electronic format for all requests, unless other format is specifically stated. For example, responding to freedom of information act requests, all paper documents must remain paper, one sided printing, in the current policy. This needs to be updated and electronic format such as PDF should be the default. A PDF is exactly the same quality as a paper copy, losing no information, saving paper, ink, ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Eliminate personal desktop printers

Eliminate personal desktop printers Use printing stations for all, defaulting to double sided printing. In the event of confidencial material, individuals can submit a request to aquire a desktop printer, but this would drastically reduce printer and ink purchases, and paper as more people will not be temped to print as much because it will not be at their fingertips.

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Department of Energy

Small changes make a Huge difference....

Each year each Federal organization implement a similiar process locally. Employees submitt ideas on a "SAVE" award that are applicable to their own department or office. I think if every organization implemented just one idea within their own office then the cost savings will be huge. People will feel like their ideas are being heard and are welcomed. Morale could improve and teamwork could be more embraced. Ideas ...more »

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Department of Energy

Each organization complete a six sigma lean event

Have each organization complete a six sigma event to streamline their processes to reduce waste. I know the organization I work with has implemented new ideas out of the air and sometimes performs additional work than that is what required. It needs to be determined if this additional work efforts are actually needed and are benificial. A lean six sigma may find numerous ways to streamline processes and reduce waste. ...more »

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Department of the Treasury

Eliminate the $1 note and the penny.

The average annual production of $1 notes from 1980 - 2009 was 3.5 billion. The average lifespan of a $1 note is only 21 months. The average lifespan of a coin is 30 years. An April 7, 2000 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report stated that the government seeks to keep roughly 7.5 billion $1 notes in circulation. The cost of minting 7.5 billion $1 coins at $0.12 per coin is $900 million. The number of new ...more »

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Department of Transportation

Establish a Government Owned Paper Shred Services!

This would create jobs, create revenue and save the government money. The government is required to save records for so many years and then dispose of those records. On top of that, the everyday usage of shredding that takes place due to information (classified or personal) printed that must be shredded. We all see the big shredding bins, full of paper, waiting to be picked up…..by a contracted out company. That ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

PDF should be the Default Printer

All government computers should set the Default Printer to the Adobe PDF setting.

If the Default Printer is set to the Adobe PDF, then all documents will be saved and backed-up in a file first, not wasted in paper, not wasting tax dollars on shredded documents, not sent to the wrong printer, not lost in some print queue, and bring us one step closer to a paperless society.

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