Legislative Branch

RECYCLING!

Place recycling bins around for more than just aluminum cans, and encourage everyone to recycle their items. I see an enormous amount of recyclables in garbage cans simply because there is nowhere else to put them, or people just don't have any incentive to recycle. I suggest a presidential initiative to ask all government employees to recycle, and couple that with readily available co-mingled recycle cans.

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General Services Administration

GSA Fleet Sharing and Accountability Could Save $6Billion and Environment

GSA has about 212,000 vehicles in its fleet divided among 75 federal agencies. Most of these vehicles are assigned to individuals ie. one vehicle one man. Last year alone, GSA spent $287 Million to buy 17, 205 new vehicles to its fleet bringing the new number to about 220, 205 vehicles. Each vehicle than requires insurance, gas, toll expenses, parking fees in some instances, violations etc etc. Lest not forget most of ...more »

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Department of Energy

reverse the moritorium on recycling metal items from radioactive management areas

Recycle NON-radioactive metal items coming from radioactive management areas(RMMAs). "Clean" metals from RMMAs are currently sent for disposal (sometimes as hazardous waste) instead of recycling these items that are not radioactive. Items such as batteries and used lamps from RMMAs must be disposed instead of recycled due to the moritorium. However, these items can be surveyed and released for use JUST LIKE OTHER (non-metal) ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRATION SOLUTION: SELF FUNDED DETERRENT PREVENTING THE HIRING OF UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS

I suggest a new type of proactive solution in the form of an enforcement system to deter the hiring of undocumented workers (illegal aliens, deportable/inadmissible aliens) through self funded economic incentives (monetary rewards) generated by fines. It will encourage the public to report violators and discourage employers from hiring undocumented workers. A percentage of the fines levied on employers of undocumented ...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 Veterans Affairs

Scratch This! (Pad, that is).

I have a suggestion to save money - government wide. I call it "Scratch this! (pad, that is)." This is a very simple idea with huge cost-savings. When I was in the private sector, I worked at a hotel/resort that conducted business with a printing company (letterhead, business cards, etc.) We were constantly steno pads, tablets of paper, etc., for folks to jot down notes (even though those notes were of a temporary ...more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Stop replacing furniture for every new senior management official

Stop the practice of replacing furniture every time a new SES, or political hire takes over an office. This is a waste of money for prestige or personal tastes at the expense of the government. New or like new furniture is replaced and goes where? If furniture is in useful condition it should stay, especially if in a sitting area or waiting area of an office.

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Department of Transportation

Establish a Government Owned Paper Shred Services!

This would create jobs, create revenue and save the government money. The government is required to save records for so many years and then dispose of those records. On top of that, the everyday usage of shredding that takes place due to information (classified or personal) printed that must be shredded. We all see the big shredding bins, full of paper, waiting to be picked up…..by a contracted out company. That ...more »

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Department of the Interior

All Goverment Agencies Sell 5% of it's Oldest/Zero Utilized Motor Vehicle/Heavy Equipment Fleet on GSAXcess.

I suggest that every government agency be required to identify 5% of it's oldest/zero utilized Motor Vehicle/Heavy Equipment fleet semi-annually and report it on GSAXcess to be sold. Millions of dollars are wasted every year by obsolete equipment depreciating in our motor pools not being used. These are dollars that could be used to upgrade the federal fleet with greener, more efficient vehicles/equipment that would ...more »

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Financial Reform

One Piece of Paper (per transaction) to Save Money and the Environment

My suggestion is that all transactions only require one piece of paper to obligate and pay. Right now many transactions require employees to make numerous copies throughout a transaction’s life for record keeping and audit purposes. One copy at the originating office, another copy with the approver, still another one with the obligator, one more with accounts payable, and sometimes even one with transportation or other ...more »

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Department of the Interior

Stop paying for inter-office adhesive notepads.

Stop buying adhesive notepads, start saving paper with non-sensitive information that would otherwise be trash/recycle, and cut it into scratch paper/paper pads to use and attach with paper clips which are already at our disposal. For already used notes/unsalvagable paper, place in a recycle bin. Furthermore, continue the use of real time/ work-based messenger/ follow-up flags in emails. This is not only cheaper, but ...more »

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Department of Defense

DoD Recycling Centers

Due to the exponential growth of the DoD’s Demil Stockpile, the costs associated with it, and the export of valuable raw materials from the demilitarization of munitions and DoD turn-in items, I recommend the scrap material from DoD turn-in items and Demilitarization efforts be recycled at government run or contracted processing plants (i.e. Steel mills). Congress passed the Resource Recovery and Recycling (R3) Demilitarization ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRATION SOLUTION: SELF FUNDED DETERRENT PREVENTING THE HIRING OF UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS

I suggest a new type of proactive solution in the form of an enforcement system to deter the hiring of undocumented workers (illegal aliens, deportable/inadmissible aliens) through self funded economic incentives (monetary rewards) generated by fines. It will encourage the public to report violators and discourage employers from hiring undocumented workers. A percentage of the fines levied on employers of undocumented ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRATION SOLUTION:SELF FUNDED DETERRENT PREVENTING THE HIRING OF UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS

I suggest a new type of proactive solution in the form of an enforcement system to deter the hiring of undocumented workers (illegal aliens, deportable/inadmissible aliens) through self funded economic incentives (monetary rewards) generated by fines. It will encourage the public to report violators and discourage employers from hiring undocumented workers. A percentage of the fines levied on employers of undocumented ...more »

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Postal Service

CLICK TO SAVE BILLIONS: USPS partnership with Sanitation & Recycling Workers

Instead of increasing the postal rate, projected to reach $0.46 in 2011, to compensate for facing a projected $7-billion budget gap, the United States Postal Service should collaborate with sanitation workers in a plan wherein the latter would help deliver mail on the specific day of the week their pick up is scheduled for. The benefits from such a plan include: 1. One-sixth or 16.7 percent of the USPS expenses would ...more »

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General Services Administration

FedEx to UPS: Return/reuse FedEx Packaging Materials

Recycle: Regarding the change over from FedEx to UPS, I suggest that all the FedEx packaging materials that are stocked in supply rooms across DOC be returned to FedEx for reuse. DOC and FedEx should set up a process to have all those materials returned to FedEx. FedEx should be fully engaged with the set up of this process. Both FedEx and NOAA can claim this as a huge accomplishment, especially if the amount of materials ...more »

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