Since it appears nobody wants to take the 32 seconds necessary to research if the suggestion they are about to make has already been submitted 127 times, perhaps after the "submit" has been clicked, the backend can do some word matching and present a screen saying "these suggestions look similar to yours, would you like to add your agency to the list, add details or comments to the suggestion, or vote for one of the suggestions?"... more »
Executive Office of the President
So many of the ideas posted here are completely viable, some of which require little more than a change in methodology. More than just the top one idea need to be initiated.
Stop feeding the Microsoft monster. Other Operating Systems and Office Software are more secure, more easily managed and way cheaper than Microsoft. They are also just as easy for the average user to use... STOP THE INSANITY.
Linux (Ubuntu, Redhat, etc), Apple OS, Open Office are all cheaper... by FAR.
Eliminate the Presidential Rank Awards. The only employees eligible to receive them are SESers that are already paid more than most gov't workers. Each agency just rotates the awards among the SESers each year. They receive between $20K and $40 each. President Obama wants to tell the big corporations and banks to stop the large bonuses, then he should do the same. Eliminating this awards would save the Gov't millions... more »
Put federal stimulus monies behind State and Local government to offer additional revenue to those receiving unemployment insurance for per diem work on direct public works projects. Those that do not or cannot work, are not made to work. Make this an incentive to supplement their income. A percentage of the wage rate can be offset from the unemployment benefits being paid.
In 1979 Jimmy Carter had solar panels placed on the White House roof and in 1986 Ronald Reagan had these cost cutters removed. We are decades behind in having them return. I think the Obama's should set the example and pay for them out of pocket and allow federal employees to help with the expense. I have $100 how about you?
Require all employees of the federal government (e.g., Military, Civil Service, etc.) to telework or carpool once a week. From the 2009 report to congress, telework.gov, "In terms of major barriers to telework, office coverage was highest (48 agencies), followed by management resistance (38), organizational culture (36), and IT security and IT funding (both at 25) (note: agencies could select all that apply)." The President... more »
A fully indexed and searchable wiki (or document management system) that would allow designated personnel within each agency/component/office to share (and update) information and ideas. Range of uses may depend on each participant's function, but the wiki format is flexible enough to accommodate descriptions of available services, processes and procedures, FAQ, current project descriptions, best practices, potential... more »
I suggest that federal buildings with urinals replace traditional urinals with waterless urinals. A waterless urinal saves anywhere between 15,000 and 45,000 gallons (approx. 55,000 and 170,000 liters) of water per urinal per year. The waterless urinals utilize a trap insert filled with a sealant liquid instead of water. The lighter-than-water sealant floats on top of the urine collected in the U-bend, preventing odors... more »
Create green rooftops on all government buildings when feasable.
Working with the Government and living immediately next door to a lot of our Nation's Government buildings, I have noticed that their is an excess waste of energy and electricity within our buildings, especially at night. Buildings with offices within are noticed to have lights on throughout the building/offices at all hours of the night past regular working business hours. This is especially noticeable in the new DOT... more »
I suggest the President host webchats/video conferences in town halls instead of actually going to the town on occasion. The security cost would be much less. Secret Service could remain in Washington with the President. The travel expenses of the President via Air Force One would be eliminated. The President would have more time to work, as he is not traveling.
Specifically address the number of Government Conferences and make them prove an ROI (not just cancel them). Each agency should give the top five agency 'conferences' that are sited at a hotel and conference center and justify the site costs, the staff time to organize the events, and the employee travel to attend.
If you truly want to save money, eliminate unnecessary Bureaucracy. There are many redundancies in the federal government and executive branch. I suggest that you start with DoD: Merge the Marine Corp and the US Army. Make the Marines a special warfare unit of the Army, much like the Airborne, so that the Marines can keep their tradition with out the overhead of a full branch of military. But, don't stop there...... more »
Finally develop a national high-speed surface transportation system that is not dependent on fossil fuels or the internal-combusion engine, as many countries in Europe have had for decades. This would not only alleviate the ubiquitous congestion on highways and runways, but also provide a truly "green" transportation system that would offer true freedom of choice for all Americans, even those who are either too young... more »