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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Department of Justice

Replace all print legal references (statutes, regs, rules, etc.) with tablet computers

Attorneys throughout the government constantly rely on large legal reference books. As a USTP trial attorney, my office alone has the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, the Federal Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure, the Local Rules of our courts, a Bankruptcy Evidence manual, and other similar texts. Many of these books are purchased by subscriptions which cost hundreds of dollars per attorney, per year. This cost undoubtedly... more »

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Executive Office of the President

Federal Marijuana Legalization and Taxation

I suggest you make Marijuana legal at the Federal level and mandate the release of all prisoners that are incarcerated for possession only. Ways this qualify for the SAVE award: Does the idea reduce costs in a way that is concrete and quantifiable? Yes, this will save $42 billion a year. Does the idea improve the way that government operates by: * Improving the quality of output at lower costs; or * Simplifying... more »

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Small Business Administration

Reduce personnel costs

Many agencies are staffed ( over staffed ) with attorneys at the GS 13 and higher levels to complete all legal work . Much of this work could be completed by paralegals at the GS 9 to GS 12 level and then reviewed by an attorney for completeness. Much of the legal work in any government office is repetitive and research intensive. With some training a para could do the bulk of it. Why pay GS 14 pay for GS 9 work. instead... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Healthcare reform that holds managers, providers and staff accountable

I believe the government needs to enfore a new standards program for all federal employees, healthcare providers and education teachers. The program should be an unbiased performance based recognition program that uses a national database to track performance, problems and other issues on these members. This will stop the needless lawsuits, stop professionals from running to other states to avoid the problems they have... more »

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Judicial Branch

Paperless Law Library

I know this sounds pretty pie-in-the-sky, but think of all the benefits if all government legal libraries were converted from paper to digital. Each attorney could be given a e-reader device, allowing them to have a totally portable, up-to-the-minute law library at their fingertips. It is also my understanding that these devices allow for tabbing, highlighting, and the addition of notes -- just like using a hard-copy... more »

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Legislative Branch

Identity Theft

Enact legislation requiring any business that utilizes photocopy machines to destroy or otherwise completely remove all of the data stored on the harddrives currently installed in virtually every modern-day photocopier prior to selling or disposing of the machines. Although many manufacturers offer software aimed at completely deleting data from the internal storage devices for an additional fee, companies purchasing... more »

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