Department of Veterans Affairs

Require that GSA Advantage be the primary vehicle for placing orders for office supplies!

Most contractors offer basic products at exorbitant prices—sometimes even greater than Staples. Since GSA Advantage compares prices from tons of small- and mid-sized businesses, you can EASILY order the cheapest available product from multiple businesses. I have cut down orders from $2000 to under $500 while getting the same product. Implemented government-wide, this can produce significant savings. After all, that... more »

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Department of Energy

Innovative Office Supplies Program - Web-Based Agency Supply Clubs (ASCs)

Innovative Office Supplies Program - Web-Based Agency Supply Clubs (ASCs). This program is easy to implement, produces immediate savings, is quantifiable, reduces significant administrative burden, improves the speed of operations, saves money for taxpayers, and helps the environment. This program can produce widespread savings all across government for as long as government exists because every single employee, Federal... more »

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Social Security Administration

Use Less Paper and Eliminate Unused Work Supplies

As a new federal employee I suggest that the original orientation and training become more effective by utilizing the intranet. I've been with the SSA for 3 weeks and at this point see mountains of paper and supply wasted. For example, we (a class of 15) were given almost 3,000 pieces of paper per person to act as a study guide. If these can be transferred to an online study guide we could save this office alone $4500... more »

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Legislative Branch

Medical equipment, supplies, sterile suppllies

I suggest a website to list unused equipment and slow moving inventory. Sterile supplies which is less than one year from expiration and equipment either in storage or set to go there. Many pieces of equipment and supplies not used by one facility can still have much life at another.

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Department of the Interior

An “Ebay” by feds for feds

We have enormous resources that sit idle while other regions/agencies/bureaus need them and have to go buy them again. Set up an online marketplace by feds for feds to exchange equipment and supplies (an internal Ebay type site). I’m not talking about GSA vehicle auctions, but rather when a project is finished and there are GPS units, binoculars, and camping equipment sitting in storage, they could auction them to another... more »

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General Services Administration

GSA Advantage Vendor Rating

GSA Advantage needs to have a vendor rating system like Amazon and e-bay use. This would save the government time and money. Very often the description and /or picture in GSA Advantage do not match what you actually get when you order something. A good example of this is printer cartridges. You order what you think is an original printer cartridge and then get a refilled cartridge instead. I am all for recycling... more »

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Department of Education

Supplies Exchange

Many offices have storage rooms, cabinets, and drawers with excess, unused office supplies. Since our department orders through an online system, we could see who else purchased the item we need and request it before another one is purchased brand new. And/Or, since each POC has only one or two persons who do the ordering, a listserv could be established using Office 2007 so an eblast could be sent to these key personnel... 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 Homeland Security

"Recycle Supplies Week"

Implement an annual “Recycle Supplies Week”. Employees can take the opportunity to clean their areas and return unused or useable office supplies back to the centralized department that maintains and distributes office supplies. If there are office locations without a centralized area then develop one or assign them to an existing location. Most of us are guilty of gradually hoarding supplies. Years go by with our... 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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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Create a Repository/Distribution location for Inter-Office Envelopes

Create a Repository/Distribution location for Inter-Office envelopes. We mail a high volume of internal communications and are constantly ordering new boxes of Inter-Office envelopes from contracted Office Supplier (which is more expensive than purchasing from Office Max/Best Buy store). Because we have a very low volume of return correspondence, we only reclaim a small percentage of the Inter-Office envelopes. The... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Those are my supplies!!!

My suggestion is to create a Supply Agency where all of the agencies order from. Every year agencies spend millions of dollars on supplies for each agency. For example, within one agency there are at least 200 or so departments and if each deaprtment spend $50,000 on supplies in one year thats $10 million dollars for one agency in one year. Also, on average, there is so much surplus from retired employees, employees who... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Reduce supply costs

Reduce or eliminate the high-dollar contracts for medical supplies, office supplies, and other supply related items. The same staff that oversee contract compliance can instead look for better pricing. It is irresponsible to enter into a contract for rotating inventory items when those prices are subject to change. Allow us to find the best quality products at the best prices.

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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 the Treasury

Reduction of wasted supplies and equipment.

I suggest that the government, at either an agency level, or even a government wide level create an in-house "CraigsList" type of system. The initial system would be used to identify existing supplies that are no longer needed by the office that has the item(s), and offering such supplies to other government offices that are in need of that specific item. A good example would be that in my office, we just put in an... more »

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