Social Security Administration

Electronic Letters to Beneficiaries

The Social Security Administration mails out millions of letters to beneficiaries each year. I suggest that the Social Security Administration offer beneficiaries the option to receive their letters electronically via e-mail or be able to receive a notification via email/text message and then be able to check their letters online. The use of e-mail and electronic media is very prevalent today and will continue to grow... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Waste of paper

Border Patrol Sectors spend a lot of paper for law enforcement porpuses. At the communication centers throughout the country hundreds of boxes of paper are used yearly. When a communication specialist sends printed paper to agents who request information, they fax information to the station, so if they fax 40 sheets of paper, they will be wasting the double. It is so important to conserve the trees and at the same time... more »

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Department of the Interior

Save Millions by Eliminating E-mails that Cost More than Fedex

With the cost of archiving at 21 cents per megabyte for each addressee, sending one e-mail of 5 megabytes to 10 people would cost $10! Yes that's $10 for one e-mail. But is this type of third-party archiving necessary or is it a holdover from the Cobell litigation? In 2008 the US District Court for DC granted Interior's motions to reconnect to the Internet and said at that time that it would be inappropriate for the... more »

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Executive Office of the President

Outsource Federal E-mail services to the commercial sector

Companies such as Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and others offer Federal Government security compliant E-mail services at a fraction of the cost of comparible Government provided E-mail services. Requiring competition would result in immediate cost savings to the Government. Additionally, it would improve the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of Government information sent in E-mail. It would improve the processes... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

E-mail Good Practice Guidlines

Develop Good Practice Guidelines and a mandatory course on e-mail usage. The guidelines/course would cover a range of issues that would aim at: 1. Eliminating/reducing wasteful recourses specifically time and effort spent on constructing, reading, and managing un-necessary e-mail messages such as those generated when a “reply to all” is misused. 2. Eliminating user interruptions, frustration and sometimes anger as a result... more »

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Department of Transportation

Demand a better search function within Lotus Notes.

Demand more from our e-mail solution (currently Lotus Notes). This program was just updated within our agency, and still, the lack of the basic feature of advanced e-mail search retards productivity. If I search for a coworker's emails, every email I have sent them, every e-mail they have sent me, as well as every inter-office email that has their name in the recipient list shows up. As well, the online version of Lotus... more »

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Department of Energy

Waterless facilities and mandatory e-mail correspondence

I suggest you begin using waterless urinals to save thousand of gallons of water a year in all government facilities. Falcon, Kohler, and numerous other restroom facility companies manufacture these products that ease cleaning, reduce plumbing costs, and save money. Wired did an entire expose on the issue at http://www.wired.com/magazine/2010/06/ff_waterless_urinal/. In addition, mandating the use of e-mail for correspondence... more »

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Department of Justice

Federal Governement Web-based Email and Calendar

Create one web-based email and calendar service that is manditory for all Federal agencies that send and receive unclassified email (similar to gmail, hotmail, yahoo, etc.). This would allow Federal Government Employees to access their email and calendars through any Internet browser, as well as apps for a variety of smart phone operating systems. This would allow agencies to get rid of their own email servers and would... more »

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