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 Defense

Create a program (i.e. website and policy) for inter-agency sharing of training spaces

Training space in DoD is an expensive commodity. At some point, almost every office needs training space in DoD for a variety of reasons. Some mandatory training, such as Anti-Terrorism or Information Assurance, can be taught in any multipurpose room. However, occasionally training requirements will pop-up that require the use of multiple computer workstations and/or a secured environment. These kinds of rooms are expensive... more »

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Legislative Branch

Use Open Source

Use open source products rather than 3rd party. This idea would eliminate tremendous amounts of money that is wasted buying products with no comparative advantage. For example, consider how much is spent on every government employee to provide a slew of Microsoft products that are mostly not used, provide no comparative benefit to citizens, and provide no tangible benefit to users over open source versions? This idea... more »

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Department of Housing and Urban Development

Office Supplies Reuse Program

I suggest that all agencies begin an “Office Supplies Reuse Program” - this can both save money (office supplies are expensive!) and promote "green" practices by reducing waste and keeping items out of landfills. Problem: When agency personnel clean out their offices the hallways become littered with dumpsters full of only slightly used binders, tape dispensers, file organizers, desk furniture, pens, pencils, accordion... more »

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Department of Labor

business cards

Print our own business cards internally utilizing any office printer/copier, a simple Word template, and inexpensive 81/2" x 11" perforated business card stock. I imagine the card stock could be bought in bulk by each agency and a template could be circulated for employees to simply create their own business cards. Additionally, if an employee is promoted, transferred, etc. new business cards can be created as needed... more »

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Department of Transportation

Reduce Government Employee Travel Costs

Description: Thirty percent of the states allow Hotel Tax Exemptions for Federal employees on official travel. To obtain the exemption, the employee submits a form to the hotel at check-in. The Office of Aerospace Medicine (AAM) discovered many employees were not taking advantage of this opportunity. As a cost savings initiative, AAM developed and implemented a process for employees to use the GSA hotel tax exemption... more »

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General Services Administration

GPO Should Publish and Distribute Digital Copies of the CFR, the FR, and Other Official Legal Materials

It is not economically practical for GPO to continue the yearly printing and shipping to Federal Departments/Agencies thousands of updated versions of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and the Federal Register. The online version of the CFR, the e-CFR, is normally updated two days after changes to the regulations, which have been published in the Federal Register, become effective. However, the printed volumes of... more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Cube Share!

Our agency is short on office space, and one way to tackle this problem is to allow the possibility to share office cubes. This would allow for a greater amount of people to utilize the space and to switch off if the other person is on teleworking. This would also allow for greater efficiency of use of the building and its resources versus having 5 or 6 spots empty and allow managers to hire more inviduals without worrying... more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Increase A/C thermostat upper range limit

Air Conditioning thermostats are externally limited so that a user cannot change the temperature outside of a small range. Workers are working with their coats on because they are cold inside when it is 90-degrees outside. Increase the upper range limit so that users can make the room warmer if they want to, saving valuable electricity.

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Small Business Administration

Free OS and Open Source Programs

Change from Windows to a free Operating System (e.g. Linux), this would be extremely beneficial beacuse of the high prices of antivirus and high Windows cost. Also implement the use of Open Source programs such as Openoffice instead of Microsoft Office, these are free and would reduce costs by millions of dollars. Some government agencies already use these, but most don't.

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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 Defense

Multi-user PC’s

Multi-user PC’s allows users to operate multiple workstations and share hardware / software resources simultaneously, directly from one PC. With our government [civilian & military] spending a great deal of funding to provide enough PC's for everyone, this virtually adds 1 - 6 additional computers without investing in separate, new operating systems or PC's. The power in today's systems are hardly being tapped. Investment... more »

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General Services Administration

Using Unused Office Supplies

A nuisance in each office federal-wide is the storage of office supplies that no one is using now . They were bought when someone in the past requested them, but that person is gone, or he/she found they like something else better now. These unwanted supplies just build up and clog up storage spaces. This is happening in thousands of offices federal-wide. So what to do with them? Suggest each installation set up... more »

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Department of the Treasury

Consolidate Office Space to Reduce Lease Expenses

How big is your office? How big is your desk? I would argue that many government offices consist of not only exceedingly generous office space but also a wasteful measure of unused office space. Obviously the number of associates working at a department like the Treasury demand the inhabitance of more than one building. This being so, leased office space in Washington D.C. is very expensive. I suggest that all departments... more »

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Legislative Branch

Reduce electric bills

reduce electrical bills by installing motion detectors in office building hallways. When someone enters the hallway, the light goes on. If noone is in the hallway, the light stays turned off.

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