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 Labor

Discuss Efficiency

At least annually, ask each federal worker to describe the factors that affect his or her productivity. In my experience, most workers want to be productive, and most workers have insight into the circumstances that enhance or detract from their performance. Yet in the absence of routine discussions about efficiency, workers may interpret questions about productivity as criticism. Without an established forum, workers... more »

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Department of Commerce

Switch to the Mac desktop platform Government-wide

Most think this idea too large an effort to adopt. That is a misguided notion. The implications of adopting it reach far beyond simply saving money. Macs are a pinnacle of true American creativity and innovation, and will help our government for a plethora of reasons. 1. National security. This is the most important reason. We truly want to protect the American people from information loss, theft, and cyberterrorism.... more »

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General Services Administration

Replace Fax Machines with Internet Fax Service to Send & Receive Faxes via Email

Traditional fax machines are extremely wasteful. However, many employees across the government need to send and receive faxes for a variety of reasons. We should replace all fax machines with internet fax services, which provide fax-to-email and email-to-fax capabilities. That means you can receive any fax as an email (comes in just like a scanned document), or send any email or scanned document to a traditional fax... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Energy Efficient GOVs

Initiate government-wide implementations of more efficient and green vehicles based on more strict emission and fuel economy requirements. The regulation will call for the U.S. Government to purchase vehicles that adhere to the new specifications. There is no added spending. The regulations may lead to research and development of new technologies in the automobile and energy sectors. The proposal calls for no change regarding... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Energy Efficient GOVs

Initiate government-wide implementations of more efficient and green vehicles based on more strict emission and fuel economy requirements. The regulation will call for the U.S. Government to purchase vehicles that adhere to the new specifications. There is no added spending. The regulations may lead to research and development of new technologies in the automobile and energy sectors. The proposal calls for no change regarding... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Many Ideas Should be Implemented.

Many of the ideas entered in the Save Award contest are worthy of being implemented. They should not be discarded based solely on the number of votes received. Some highly valuable ideas may have only received a small number of votes because they were submitted on the later side, were not viewed by most voters, or were not "popular" with some voters.

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Executive Office of the President

Scan More, Mail Less

Interoffice mail should be limited to items that cannot be scanned and emailed (or posted to a shared folder or workspace). If employees have access to a high speed scanner, no document is too long to be scanned and emailed. Along with immediate savings on physical delivery costs, scanning more documents will also save money in the long-term. Electronic records are easier to track, store, and retrieve. They take up... more »

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Department of the Treasury

Electronic Document Circulation & Approval Processes

Many document circulation processes (e.g. for working drafts, incoming letters, etc) involve hard copies being sent around. Also seems like there are a lot of processes with an "official" part which involves the "formal" hard copy circulation, while the electronic version of the same documents are sent for review via email or posted to a shared folder/workspace. Hard copy circulation may be necessary for a variety of... more »

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Department of Transportation

Bring in the Dough for Bus Depots!

Huge government parking lots are mostly vacant outside of normal business hours. The Federal government should lease its parking lots during the times they are least used to local governments for bus depots. This would produce revenue and make better use of land when it is vacant.

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Executive Office of the President

Government-Wide Style Guide

A government-wide style guide would help prevent subjective grammar changes to memos such as when to capitalize Federal and what format to use for memos. Memos are often reformatted for different audiences, wasting time, paper, and money.

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