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Save Millions on Official Travel

We need to stop contracting with GOVTrip. I know that the vast majority of civil servants are honest, hard-working Americans who love their country. Trust us to make good decisions on travel, and audit us to make sure that we are not doing anything innappropriate. When I compare flights using GOVtrip the prices are literally 5-10 times market price for the same exact seat, on the same exact plane. I have been told ...more »

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Require Computers Be Turned Off At Night, Save Millions

By turning off computers at night -- and making that a federal policy -- we can save millions (and energy, too). At the Department of Justice, I turn my computer off every day to save energy and money – but, because of security updates, I often find my computer turned back on in the morning, and I almost always find it on Monday morning, since updates were apparently performed the previous weekend. (And it’s often not ...more »

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Improve lawn watering practices

Generally speaking, watering lawns early in the morning is better than during midday. Watering during the day keeps a lot of water from ever making it into the ground, due to evaporation. By watering early in the morning, before it gets warm (especially in the south, like at Johnson Space Center), you end up using far less water for the same effect; this reduces costs and drains on local resources, makes government ...more »

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Travel Reform

A detailed look and overhaul of the current travel SOP is needed. SATO is charging outrageous fees for travel reservations, a $29 fee is originally charged to each travel arrangement, and subsequent fees are charged every time a change is made. The government does not receive a discounted rate from the airlines, instead a higher rate is charged when a government fare is purchased. Individuals should be allowed to make ...more »

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Rural Wireless solution

The Southwest border lacks reliable communications for the U.S. citizens living in the vast desert areas near the Mexico border in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. Cellular Communications companies are reluctant to build the towers and wireless infrastructure due to the lack of population and high cost factors involved (estimated cost is in the billions $$$), there is no good business case to do so without ...more »

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Public Education Campaign Portal

Issue: The Federal government has been criticized and scrutinized for spending millions on public education campaigns, many of which are developed by public relations firms and other types of contractors. But with all of the public education the Federal government is doing across its agencies, there seems to be a lack of information and resource sharing, lack of best practice highlighting, and little or no integration, ...more »

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In Spirit of Franklin, Create Public Service “Library" (Online) for Sharing Personnel, Resources

In 1731, our most ingenious, and frugal, Founding Father – Benjamin Franklin – had a stroke of genius: a circulation library. Since everyone loves a good book, yet since few can afford one, why, he wondered, not share books? And why not establish a central repository where they could reside? We can, I think, apply that same philosophy to the modern needs of our federal government – just as he might, but with a few twists ...more »

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Issue: The Federal government has been criticized and scrutinized for spending millions on public education campaigns, many of which are developed by public relations firms and other types of contractors. But with all of the public education the Federal government is doing across its agencies, there seems to be a lack of information and resource sharing, lack of best practice highlighting, and little or no integration, ...more »

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