General Services Administration

GSA Fleet Sharing and Accountability Could Save $6Billion and Environment

GSA has about 212,000 vehicles in its fleet divided among 75 federal agencies. Most of these vehicles are assigned to individuals ie. one vehicle one man. Last year alone, GSA spent $287 Million to buy 17, 205 new vehicles to its fleet bringing the new number to about 220, 205 vehicles. Each vehicle than requires insurance, gas, toll expenses, parking fees in some instances, violations etc etc. Lest not forget most of... 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 the Interior

2.5 milliion saved in 3yrs time (Fleet Management and Useful life cycle replacement)

This is a win, win for everyone and the savings can be realized within two weeks to two months time. I am the Regional Logistics Manager in the Southeast Region of the Fish and Wildlife Service and one of my responsibilities is to mange the acquisitions for the Region. The Southeast's Fleet at the time I accepted the position was over 850 pieces since then I've reduced the fleet by 300 pieces of equipment The equipment... more »

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General Services Administration

Have 4 wheel drive come with radio and antenna ports

When ordering new 4 wheel drive vehicles from GSA they should come equipped with antenna ports and power outlets in the cab for radios, since every vehicle that goes to the field is required to have a VHF radio. Alternatively, is to allow the users to order vehicles with VHF radios installed.

 

This would save time and money at the field, plus stimulate the car industry.

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Department of the Interior

GSA vs. Fleet Vehicles

GSA VS. I-fleet vehicles. BLM has an interior fleet of vehicles and also uses GSA vehicles. BLM should use one system or the other. Using two systems is confusing and causes duplication in paperwork, personnel, under utilizing of vehicles and increase cost of disposal.

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Legislative Branch

GET RID OF GSA REALTY REQUIREMENT

Get rid of GSA realty requirement-They charge a fee for everything they do and the biggest problem is that we are forced to use them. I can't tell you how many times we have found office space cheaper but had to pay more because GSA forced us into a building that was more expensive for rent.

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Department of Health and Human Services

Don’t trash half rolls of toilet paper during restroom cleaning

Before FDA White Oak’s Green Team intervention, GSA had a campus-wide policy at FDA’s White Oak campus in Silver Spring, Maryland in which GSA sub-contractors were required to instruct custodial staff servicing the White Oak campus restrooms to remove and place in the trash half rolls of toilet paper and replace with full rolls. Once this practice was identified by a White Oak Green Team member, other Green Team members... more »

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Department of State

GSA overcharges for goods and services

Allow agencies to make purchases independant of GSA to secure the best pricing.

 

Example: Our agency just purchased 8 trash cans thru GSA at a cost of $50.00 each. Office Max has the identical trash cans at $4.99 retail, yet we were unable to purchase from them. Eliminate the 10% tribute we pay to GSA for construction and design services we contract.

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Department of Defense

GSA (dis)Advantage

It is mandatory that we use "The GSA Store" for government purchase unless the item needed is unavailble through them. The GSA Store that we are told to order from is extremely overpriced compared to other resources for purchase of office supplies, furniture, etc. In several instances supplies are overpriced by as much as 50%. I recommend that we stop making use of the GSA Store mandatory if one can prove that items... more »

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General Services Administration

Scheduling two Shifts of White Collar Workers per Day Instead of One to Cut Overhead Costs and Carbon Footprint by 50%

This idea would also help us avoid future oil spills by becoming less dependent on foreign oil .At the end of the Industrial Revolution our government entered the White Collar Era. We have grown up during the Information Age which morphed into the Digital Age that we are in right now. We seemed to have forgotten the basic concept that made the Industrial Revolution one of the most important events in human history. "Interchangeable... more »

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Department of Energy

Deploy Vehicle Idle Elimination and/or Reduction Technologies ($300M - $375M in Savings)

Deploy no idle/limited idle time vehicle technologies. Many law enforcement agencies and departments across the country require vehicles to sit at idle for significant periods of time (4-8 hours) during the course of a work day. This idle time is necessary due to hostile environmental conditions (extreme heat or cold) or other operational requirements. Currently, anti idle technologies exist that allow interior enforcement... more »

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Department of Energy

Take action on energy efficiency of Federal buildings

I suggest we audit the energy performance of all Federal buildings, both civilian and defense facilities, and commit to concrete targets for improving efficiency through smart management techniques and upgrades in future years. The benchmarks established and future progress could be transparently disclosed to show how our government is taking measurable action toward using public resources as efficiently as possible.... more »

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Executive Office of the President

Computerized coordination of percent effort data

I suggest you establish a computerized percent effort system within and across agencies to ensure that grantees and contractors don't get paid for greater than 100% effort. Double billing costs the government money and is fraudulent. It overpays some people, while others are deprived of money. See http://legalschnauzer.blogspot.com/2009/01/universities-and-other-scoundrels-reach.html

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Judicial Branch

Transparency to prevent fraud and abuse in real estate transactions

Require submission of executed contracts & closing statements on real estate transactions to State Appraisal Boards or Real Estate Commissions for "need to know" access for accurate appraisals on RE. Transparency to appraisers, auditors, & investigators protects all parties from fraud, abuse, over/under assessments and negative equity positions. Info can be protected from general public by non-disclosure of buyer/seller/specific... more »

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Executive Office of the President

Per Diem

I suggest the MI&E rates (not lodging rates) be lowered to 60% of their current rate. It currently lowers to 60% on day 31 of most long-term details. This suggests that it does not need to be so high for days 1 - 30. This would save millions of dollars in sending employees to trainings, work groups, or details. This would also diminish the current public image of government employees eating expensive meals on the... more »

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