Make all non emergency government agencies go to four ten hour days with every friday off. The buildings could shut down a day early and save millions in energy costs. Also, environmental benefits would be substantial by keeping cars off the road an extra day.
Corps of Engineers-Civil Works
In all new or smaller governement buildings (retrofit), use geothermal heating/cooling systems. A geothermal heat pump or ground source heat pump (GSHP) is a central heating and/or cooling system that pumps heat to or from the ground. It uses the earth as a heat source (in the winter) or a heat sink (in the summer). This design takes advantage of the moderate temperatures in the ground to boost efficiency and reduce ...more »
In my office, with every document that is printed, a cover sheet with our username is printed as well. Most of our work is non-classified, and I know that in two years, I have collected over a ream of these cover sheets. I suggest that cover sheets for non-classified printing be abolished.
Turning off computer monitors during off-work hours would save electricity, as well as reduce cooling costs from the significant heat output.
The EPA presently does not use value methodology unless a project is over $25 million. Typical Value Engineering practices can save 10%-20% of total project cost if applied. The threshold VM/E limit should be lowered to $2 million to capture additional savings of tax payers funding. The present VE screen processes are not of true value as believed. In other words if the VE/M process is truly followed a minim of 10% savings ...more »
Many unemployed would sign up to support national work projects to build a smarter energy grid, or water transport system, or internet and communications networks. It would build our infrastructure and put people to work. It can be overseen by our existing Corps of Engineers or the like. Let's get it on!
we have an economic crisis and unemployment crisis that are putting a lot of families through hard times. when american families struggle the government also struggles by lack of tax revenue.we also have lots of public works projects that need to be done as well. seems if you marry the two we might have an answer. what about creating a civil contruction corps, made up of people who either have skills or need job skills, ...more »
Eliminating most hard copies of project review documents would significantly reduce production costs as well as waste paper. Each project requires minimum 3 reviews during design phase, and each review consists of 10-20 copies of 2,000 pages of drawings and specs. That's $15,000 per project when you include shipping. Electronic submittals would greatly reduce costs.
I suggest we biuld using insulated concrete forms (ICF) whenever practical. Many years experience and testing demonstrated 10% to 70% energy saving while also standing up to huricanes, tornadoes and bomb blasts. A more recentl example of ICF construction is the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Pinellas Park in Florida. We should identify federal biuldings that are inefficient and expensive to maintain as candidate for ...more »
Put people to work--neglected work that needs to be done in US cities Many of the cities of the US have very old underground pipes which are failing everywhere. Pipes are breaking and not being repaired properly. Precious water is being wasted. This will escalate to be a huge problem some day. Why not train and put people to work to replace all of the underground water supply pipes. If a city has underground pipes greater ...more »
Create a design clearing house for government agencies and districts to share designs that are already on the shelf. Instead of re-inventing the wheel, use the spare tire!
The imperative to use "use-it-or-lose-it" Personal Leave at the end of a calendar year can be counter-productive throughout the Federal Workforce. Federal offices are sometimes burdened with time-critical work at the end of a calendar year, and yet they must deal with significantly reduced staffing -- partly due to workers taking personal leave to enjoy year-end holidays, and partly due to workers taking personal leave ...more »
Eliminate the ACE-IT organization in the Corps of Engineers. They are costing the Corps hundreds of millions over budgeted cost. Management is non existant and the Corps is being charged 4 to 5 times the commercial rate for IT equipment. (One small example: a basic $2200 computer purchased at Best Buy is being charged to the Corps at $7000 -- multiply this by 50,000 Corps employees) This is just the tip of the iceberg, ...more »
I think it would be painless to reduce the emptying of most office trash cans to 1-2 days per week, as opposed to daily, in areas it would not cause any health or safety issue. In order to maintain sanitation standards, there may need to be rules related to the disposal of food (a special can that gets emptied would be an option). There could also be a plan for those who might need to empty their own trash between services. ...more »
I suggest you create a program that allows an individual to receive an incentive award relative to the savings they create. If an employee researches is able to officially travel with an airline that is more advantageous to the government than the contract carrier, they can submit submit what is necessary. Since there is already a government contract, it would be reasonably easy to verify. Likewise, any employee willing ...more »