Department of the Interior

Make historical study trips more productive

When we decide we no longer need or want a building or structure, we are required, among other thigs, to have a "Historical Significance" study done on the subject property. We have to arrange for a person in our Regional Office to travel many miles, sometimes hundreds of miles with per diem, to meet with us so we can show them the unwanted building or structure. Often times there may be more than just the one building... more »

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General Services Administration

Government-wide Reuse and Disposal Initiative

I propose that a Government-wide Reuse and Disposal program be established. This would allow for quantifiable cost savings in procurement and disposal across the entire government. It would also result in a measurable reduced impact on the environment. Too often equipment that is disposed of within one agency is still useful to another. A computer that was used for high speed data analysis 3 years ago is still more than... more »

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Department of Justice

Inmate Work Requirements

Prisoners should have to work off their incarceration expenses: room and board, meals, clothing/laundry, electricity, heating/cooling, water for showers, waste disposal costs, health care, etc. No more free rides for having broken the law. In addition, hourly work load is based on a system that considers several factors: criminal record (each subsequent incarceration results in more work hours,) degree of crime committed... more »

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Department of Defense

Define “best value” to include the costs of both procurement and disposal

Federal agencies buy more than $500 billion in goods and services annually, but there is no direct link to the cost of disposal. This limits the ability to identify and seize lifecycle cost efficiencies. For example, it's cheaper to buy a chipboard desk than a metal desk, but a broken chipboard desk costs taxpayer money to put in a landfill, while a broken metal desk has cash value as a recyclable material. For... more »

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General Services Administration

Screening Time of Excess Government Property is Too Short

The screening time for government property identified as excess is too short and causes the discarding of otherwise re-usable items. For excess government property there is a 20 day screening within the agency that is followed by a 21 day screening by other Federal agencies. These time frames are too short for another agency to 1) discover that an item is listed; 2) notify the project/program of an item’s availability;... more »

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Department of Energy

reverse the moritorium on recycling metal items from radioactive management areas

Recycle NON-radioactive metal items coming from radioactive management areas(RMMAs). "Clean" metals from RMMAs are currently sent for disposal (sometimes as hazardous waste) instead of recycling these items that are not radioactive. Items such as batteries and used lamps from RMMAs must be disposed instead of recycled due to the moritorium. However, these items can be surveyed and released for use JUST LIKE OTHER (non-metal)... more »

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General Services Administration

Regional Excessing Centers To Handle Federal-wide Disposal Efficiently

Centralize "excessing centers" regionally, managed by an appropriate federal agency (GSA, most likely). These giant centers will be equipped to store, analyze and manage excess equipment and materials for the most efficient disposal method, be it reuse in another agency, sale, recycling, destruction or donation. Have these excessing centers accept materials from the entire Federal government, including materials from... more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Excess Property Reuse

Institute a system by which excess property is made regularly available for pickup by employees or external organizations prior to being dumped. Priority would be given to employees who intend to use the property for official government purposes. Exhaust all opportunities for reuse of the hardware (whether for flight or not) prior to selling for scrap. This idea would save on dumping fees and new equipment purchases (for... more »

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