National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Have the ability to see in real time complete financial status of projects

Managing projects efficiently has been a challenge at NASA White Sands Test Facility, or WSTF because required data was scattered across various databases and often was not current. The problem was solved by interfacing the different databases and consolidating the data in one location, named the Project Lead Task Order Status Report, or PL TOSR. The PL TOSR system generates real-time spending reports and allows project ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

BALANCING LIFE AND THE MISSION: COMPRESSED SCHEDULING IN LAW ENFORCEMENT

Over the past few decades, many state and municipal law enforcement departments across the country have studied the advantages and disadvantages of implementing a compressed work schedule (CWS) for their uniformed officers and agents. “Lateral thinking,” coined by Edward de Bono (1970) is a set of approaches and techniques designed to find radically new approaches to problems - to come at them from the side rather than ...more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Go Virtual

I suggest you...have virtual meetings, trainings, and conferences. The government is notorious for feeling as though they need to see people face-to-face to get their message across. It is nice to have National Summits face-to-face, but many meetings, trainings, or conferences could be done virtually. Invest in web conferencing services such as Microsoft's Live Meeting, Cisco Systems Inc.'s WebEx Meeting Center, IBM's ...more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Consolidate Job Application Systems

There are too many job application systems dispersed throughout the government. Sometimes different agencies within the same department use different systems. While I agree that sometimes some systems are better than others, there has to be a more standardized approach. It should be mandated that unless there is a valid reason (i.e. national security), all federal positions should be listed in USAJOBS. I've seen plenty ...more »

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Department of Justice

Stop Paying Federal Benefits to Inmates

Stop Paying Federal Benefits to Inmates Ensure Federal Benefits Are Not Paid to Ineligible Incarcerated Individuals. To eliminate the waste of taxpayer money government wide and run the federal benefit programs with more efficiency and save money: (1) Identify all U.S. Federal Agencies having programs that provide individuals, or beneficiaries of individuals, with some form of federal benefit or federal aid. (2) ...more »

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Federal Communications Commission

Stop printing CFRs, e-version is better

Save money? simple, stop printing hard copies of the Code of Federal Regulation. At least here at the FCC, we don't use those books, we use the e-version instead, yet each employee gets full hard copies of Title 47 CFR. This is my third year with the FCC and I have 15 thick books that I don't use because they are all available on the web. In fact, everyone is encouraged to use the electronic version of the code of federal ...more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Promote Open Source Software

Do more to promote the use of Free and Open Source Software in federal agencies. There are many cases in which open source software performs just as well as its proprietary counterpart but does so without the need to purchase expensive licenses. Ubuntu as a replacement for Microsoft Windows is worth evaluating as is OpenOffice as a replacement for Microsoft Office. It is also often possible to purchase corporate support ...more »

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General Services Administration

Replace Fax Machines with Internet Fax Service to Send & Receive Faxes via Email

Traditional fax machines are extremely wasteful. However, many employees across the government need to send and receive faxes for a variety of reasons. We should replace all fax machines with internet fax services, which provide fax-to-email and email-to-fax capabilities. That means you can receive any fax as an email (comes in just like a scanned document), or send any email or scanned document to a traditional fax ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Use Technology

Technology exists to telework, videoconference, sharepoint and do everything our administrative jobs require from a remote site. We don't need to pay high cost of living for people to live/work in the metro area anymore - let us live where we want and take a paycut to work from remote sites outside the DC area.

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Department of Agriculture

Telework LIbrary/ Telecommuting Station

Government offices considering a new telework program should factor in that those employees will at some time need to report in person. A telework library could be set aside to allow a rotation of those employees who will not have a regular desk. This will help to save space when figuring the budget. In addition retirees could be utilized in telework positions as sources for advice according to their expertise and monitored ...more »

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General Services Administration

Free and Open Source Software

The federal government should use free and open source software (FOSS) such as the Ubuntu operating system and the OpenOffice office suite whenever these products are competitive with similar commercial software. This would result in substantial monetary savings on licensing fees for commercial software with no loss of productivity.

http://www.ubuntu.com/

http://www.openoffice.org/

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Executive Office of the President

Scan More, Mail Less

Interoffice mail should be limited to items that cannot be scanned and emailed (or posted to a shared folder or workspace). If employees have access to a high speed scanner, no document is too long to be scanned and emailed. Along with immediate savings on physical delivery costs, scanning more documents will also save money in the long-term. Electronic records are easier to track, store, and retrieve. They take up ...more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Utilize Solar Panels in arid regions.

In areas where we have plenty of surface area and abundant sunshine we should make the best use of both. Let us the cover the tops of buildings and parking structures with solar panels. Buildings and structures serve a purpose, which is to protect us from the elements; however the tops of these structures just take up space - let us use them to their fullest capability. We should not be so dependent on fossil fuels ...more »

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Department of the Interior

Original Idea and simple! Battery RE-use Program (Dry Cell - AAA, AA, C, D, 9V)

Many offices have a battery recycling program, where people can dispose of spent batteries. There are many devices that stop working once the battery reaches a certain amount of use, such as digital cameras, two way radios, etc. These batteries still hold enough charge to operate non-high tech devices, such as flashlights, remote controls, am/fm radios. I bought a battery tester and many of the batteries that people deposit ...more »

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Department of Agriculture

Allow indivdual use of web cameras to reduce travel costs

While there are larger, more expensive video conferencing equipment packages staged across the US, they are usually unavailable or inaccessible, especially to those employees who work in the field. My suggestion is to allow the use of web cameras and web conferencing software on individual computers in addition to the larger conference room systems. At this time, the use of web camera equipment and software is not authorized ...more »

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