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 Treasury

Electronic Faxing

I feel that the government should implement electronic faxing. Each year millions of taxpayers call in to request transcripts and/or letters faxed to them. If we had electronic faxing, we can send the documents over our broadband or dial up connection with just a few clicks of the mouse. No more having to put the taxpayer on hold to get up and fax the information on a conventional fax machine. No more having to change... more »

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Department of State

Better Investments in Our Future Leaders

I believe the Summer Intern and Stay in School programs at the Department of State (and similar programs at other agencies) are wonderful opportunities for us to make very sound investments in the future leaders of our country. I've seen some office make great use of these programs and allow the students to gain every advantage possible from the opportunity. However, more often than not, I've seen the opposite. The... more »

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Department of Defense

National Champion for the American Taxpayer

Government is the only organization in the world that rewards its managers for spending their money. As a federal employee, I am aware of no program or policy that provides any incentive to give money back to the national treasury. One of my organizations was once congratulated for spending 99.92% of its budget. To my knowledge, no one ever asked whether the money went to good use. Instead, they used that information... 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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Department of Commerce

Replace Outlook with Open Source Thunderbird

Replacing Outlook Express with Mozilla Thunderbird Government wide will save millions of dollars a year by not having to pay for a email client for employees. Thunderbird can be much safer because Outlook is basically tied into Windows in a way where if Windows has a exploit, it can potentially create an exploit for Outlook. Thunderbird can be just as safe but we would not have to waste thousands of dollars on buying... more »

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Department of Commerce

Replace Outlook Express with Open Source Thunderbird

Replacing Outlook Express with Mozilla Thunderbird Government wide will save millions of dollars a year by not having to pay for a email client for employees. Thunderbird can be much safer because Outlook is basically tied into Windows in a way where if Windows has a exploit, it can potentially create an exploit for Outlook. Thunderbird can be just as safe but we would not have to waste thousands of dollars on buying... more »

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Legislative Branch

Establish One Online Universal Government Store

The Federal Government sells everything from coins to airplanes to the "general public", yet there is not one place (internet site) that the "American Taxpayer" can go to place their order and pay for it. In fact, some agencies even sell the same items (like publications) at different prices. My suggestion would be to eliminate redunancies, streamline costs, and offer an easy way for the "American Taxpayer" to purchse... more »

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Department of Transportation

Smoke Free Government

Make the FAA a smoke free work place. The Taxpayers pay our Health Insurance and we as Federal Employees should set an example in health and well being. We should be good stewards of the money.

 

This will save lives, reduce sick leave, and increase productivity. The time spent away from work on smoke breaks is an embarrassment to the agency.

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Department of Health and Human Services

Fair Share for Commuters

Provide the same fixed dollar amount to all employees, regardless of how they commute to work. Currently, those who park for "free" often receive a higher financial benefit than those who walk, bike, use transit, or telework. The high cost of parking is absorbed by taxpayers. These "free" parking costs include the market rate for parking, environmental pollution, noise pollution, car accidents, road and bridge maintenance,... more »

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