Campaign: Department of the Treasury

Mint fewer coins by providing free changing machines

Mint fewer coins by providing free changing machines that allow citizens to change coins into bills or an electronic deposit. Millions of coins sit unused because it is inconvenient to do so. The cost of providing the machines should be more than offset by not having to mint so many new coins each year.

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Campaign: Department of the Treasury

Electronic Data Storage

Scanners...Currently our POD (as most) are equipped with a copy machine that will also handle scanning. But the scanning feature is not available to us for some reason tied to security. I believe that the US government could save millions of dollars in postage, record retention and salaries if they would utilize more electronic means. For example, my understanding is that my case file from completing an audit is sent ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Agriculture

"Print on Both Sides"

Make the "print on both sides" a mandatory default print setting for the many multi-paged on-line notices, documents and forms that we deal with on a daily basis. It would save money on paper, wear & tear on shredders, impact recycling efforts and create much needed space in our files. Any organization that receives federal funds or assistance should be required to "print on both sides" such as; banks, credit unions, ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Agriculture

Use Rechargeable Batteries

When you MUST use batteries, why not use rechargeable batteries instead of spending money on the thousands of batteries used in devices across the Federal Government? Some may say "just don't use devices that require batteries", so this applies to those situations where you just can't avoid using such a device. If a pack of "AA" batteries cost $6.00, using rechargeable batteries just 20 times would save the Government ...more »

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Campaign: Financial Reform

Save Trees, Save Money

When discarding old, outdated files, we should be saving the files to reuse. I don't see this happening consistently. Employees, of course, prefer to use new file folders, but this is not necessary. Only discard those folders that are unusable. And, don't throw away papers that can be cut and used for notes -- most often I see employees using post-its as scrap paper. Post-its are not inexpensive, and should only ...more »

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Campaign: General Services Administration

CREATE CONSERVATION GARDENS AT FEDERAL FACILITIES

Achieve low maintenance, beautiful landscaping while saving precious water and money. Incorporate native and drought tolerant flora, native bunch grass meadow (instead of traditional lawn), mulch and weed barriers (retain moisture, reduce weeds), hardscaping (stone, wood, dry creek beds, paths, patios), recycled materials, and a water efficient irrigation system (drip emitters, smart water controller). Include signage ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Labor

Refurbish, Recycle, or Sell old office equipment

In my office there is two rooms of office space filled up with old computers and other office equipment such as televisions, vcr's, projectors, and other items. Some of the items still work some do not. The items cannot be thrown out and I have been told that the process and paperwork to deal with this equipment is endless and takes years to have a decision made. This office is already short of room and equipment for ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Transportation

A Greener Government.

I want to suggest a new recycling program for our agency and others.. I think the potential for recycling is greater then how we use it now and the possibilities for growth are endless.... Do Federal Agencies receive anything back for the materials recycled? If not, Why? Why not reclaim some of the money the government used to purchase the materials in the first place? There is expired, old, and damaged materials, ...more »

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Campaign: Legislative Branch

RECYCLING IN REALITY

I suggest you introduce legislation that requires all manufactures and producers of products that are recyclable and all retail stores to provide reasonable means for consumers to recycle their products after use.

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Campaign: Executive Office of the President

Save 100s of billions or trillions of weapons program dollars by fixing FAR and DFARS data rights defects

To properly defend and realize the benefits of trillions of dollars invested in weapon system development, I recommend correcting the Federal Acquisition Regulation System (FARS) deviations from public contract and military procurement data rights statutes. Those FARS deviations make defense and realization of the investment benefits nearly impossible. The FARS definitions of "computer software" and "computer software ...more »

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