Department of Homeland Security

Solar Power and Eco-friendly facilites and equipment

We could save millions of dollars in costs just by building better facilities and improving existing facilities and equipment to be more eco-friendly. Currently the El Paso Border Patrol station is an example of the improvements that can be made in this area by using eco-friendly materials as well as solar power which currently supplies almost 20 % of the stations power needs. By utilizing solar power for facilities... more »

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Department of Justice

A PROPOSAL BY A PENNY PINCHING GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE: NO MORE MATERIAL GIFTS - HOW TO SAVE MILLIONS WITHOUT SPENDING MILLIONS

America: Moving Forward From Materialism Government by its very definition is bureaucratic. Each agency is made up of people united by a common purpose to serve their country. Whether it’s by serving in the military, typing out critical reports, or assessing budgets, each federal employee serves a critical role in the United States (U.S.) government. Often, change occurs because of a reactive response to a... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Encourage agencies to share database technologies.

Stop paying for the creation and duplication of databases/automated systems from agency to agency that do the EXACT same thing. Why can't we share technology instead of constantly reinventing the wheel? There should be a centralized government-wide system that keeps inventory of all the databases we have and their functions. This way if another agency needs something similar, they can potentially utilize the same software... more »

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Department of Energy

Save Billions Through Domestic Production of Green Fuel - an Energy and Defense Collaboration

Proposition: By driving the development of domestic sources of biofuels at a mass scale, the Government can: -Save the country billions of dollars -Help drive down our trade deficit -Reduce carbon emissions, and -Keep our military men and women safe We propose that DOE and DOD work together to purchase biorefinery capabilities across the country. Let us tell you how this could work... Current State: We import 63%... more »

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Department of Housing and Urban Development

Eliminate duplicative data systems and passwords that do not share information with each other and are not under our control

Eliminate duplicative computer data systems and passwords for each. HUD is a maze of different databases, each with their own contracting authority, and each requiring different passwords. They do not talk to each other or share information. We are dysfunctional due to the number of contractors involved in our agency. Consolidate systems, use as few passwords as possible and get rid of all the contractors-putting... more »

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Department of the Treasury

CHANGE THE MENTALITY OF EMPLOYEES BY CHANGING THE WAY ORIENTATION AND TRAINING ARE CONDUCTED FOR NEW HIRES

I suggest we change the governmental mentality of employees from day 1 by restructuring new hire orientation and training. Here at the IRS, recruitment uses several catchy and effective slogans when hiring like, “It all adds up.” or “Count on me.” For new hires though, the slogans stop. It is time to adopt one – “Let’s be accountable.” Under my proposed philosophy we will stop promoting waste among employees and shift... more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Green Plugs and OFF on LAN for computers.

All electronic devices such as desk lamps, microwaves, computers, battery chargers (such as for a cell phone) and video/audio equipment continues to eat energy even when in the off setting. I propose a green plug that would be included along with the normal plugs in government buildings. The green plug would be colored green and would have the ability to be shut off from a centralized location completely cutting off any... more »

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Department of Defense

Laptops To Save On Energy Costs

Most laptops use approx. 30-40 watts of power, while desktops use approx 150-300 watts of power during moderate use + the power used for the screen. Many individuals leave their desktop PC's on at night and during the weekend. As today's laptops perform as well as desktops, cutting energy usage by switching everyone to laptops would save the government millions.

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Department of Defense

Claim unclaimed federal funds at www.missingmoney.com

The US Government has hundreds or thousands of unclaimed cash accounts that are being held in escrow indefinitely by various State governments. A public database of these accounts is managed by the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA) at www.missingmoney.com. For example, searching the database for “US Army” returns 150 unclaimed cash accounts belonging to the US Army. Searching for... more »

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Legislative Branch

Consolidate COOP Sites across Government

For economies of scale and scope, and whenever possible, why not consolidate COOP (Continuity of Operations Planning Systems for Government Organizations) sites across all federal agencies to save as much as possible. This initiative could possibly decrease the number of individual agency COOP sites that are stovepiped, non-integrated, and costly to maintain at taxpayer's expense. Possibly a win-win for agencies to... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Too much work? Your fellow Feds can help, for FREE!

Just as President Obama is using web-based “crowdsourcing” (a cornerstone of Web 2.0) to get ideas for his Save Award, Federal offices could use web-based crowdsourcing to share their temporary excess workload with other Federal offices that have temporary excess human capital. For example, an authorized employee with a backlog of audio files that need to be transcribed could post a request for assistance on a secure... more »

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Executive Office of the President

Improve and Centralize Mandated Training Processes

Reduce employee mandated training costs by a) establishing standard guidance that limits excessive mandated training, b) requiring e-learning courses, c) allowing students to get credit for prior knowledge with a test-out option, and d) centralizing course development, implementation, and tracking. With over 1.9 million federal employees, 1.4 million active-duty, and 1.2 million reservists, we train far too inefficiently... more »

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Department of Justice

Solar Panels, are Green, and they Save!

Utlize FDC Honolulu's Roof space to add solar panels. This would Greatly reduce the cost of FDC Honolulu's yearly $1.5 million dollar electric bill. Also adding a covered parking lot with solar panels on the the roof of that, would probably eliminate the electric bill entirely. More importantly it would be great for our environment!

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Department of Justice

De-Centralization of Government Agencies

Decentralizing federal employees could save hundreds of millions or more in salary, local travel compensation, air travel and relocation expenses. Not every position that exists in Washington D.C. is required to be there. Many positions can remain in the field. With video and tele-conferencing capabilities as well as other technologies, meetings have become revolutionized. I am not saying relocate those that live there... more »

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