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 »
Federal Communications Commission
Stop spending money on contractors instead of hiring qualified people. My agency is about to spend almost $800,000 to have a contractor do some computer work that could be done in-house, if only I could hire a qualified IT specialist and purchase some software. The savings would be about $650,000, and I would have an employee that could do further development, rather than having to hire the same contractor again next ...more »
Lawyers and policy makers need to consult federal regulations in order to craft new policies and enforce existing rules and laws. The bound editions of these documents (the Code of Federal Regulations, for example) are costly to produce and not environmentally friendly. These documents are frequently amended and updated and the updates cost even more to print and distribute. The Government should leverage online and ...more »
The US government, my government, should look into the future, and the future is in IP connectivity. President Obama, Why don't we really take the lead and start looking into IP connectivity as the new means of communication (yes, including voice, video and data) for all goverment agencies. I wonder how much money can be saved if we get rid of the old fashioned telephone switched network or ISDN network (land lines) and ...more »
I suggest...all agencies have motion sensors installed on office light switches. The timers could be set for 30 minutes before automatically switching to the off mode. When re-entering the office, the lights automatically return to the on mode.
Stop retaining unqualified people. When a person does not meet his/her job requirements, the documentation needed to demote/fire that person is so onorous that the person is simply passed-on or promoted. There needs to be a periodic demonstration of minimal ability to do the job that does not require huge amounts of documentation. Professionals are often subject to demonstrating and maintaining competence. This practice ...more »
Change Government travel policy. Currently the Government pays premium prices for tickets on the off chance that the Government employee who is travelling may need to make last minute changes to travel plans. The justification seems to be that if travel arrangements need to be changed it would cost the Government more to make those changes. Not so! Frequently the price paid by the Government for a ticket still exceeds ...more »
I suggest eliminating the leave and earning statements that are mailed out each pay period. It would save on postage and paper. Our leave and earning statements are availabe to us on line.
Have printers default to two-sided printing. Also, have the print servers warn you (are you sure?) if you are about to print a document that is longer than, say, ten pages. Folks tend to print an entire document, even if they need only one page, and they tend to print documents that are designed to be read on-line.
Allow more telecommuting! Would save eletricity, paper and water, not to mention the environmental savings that would occur. Every attorney in my agency could telecommute at least two days a week, given the work we do, but people are either not allowed to or barriers make it more difficult.
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 »
Confidential submissions to government agency proceedings limit public discussion and increase document handling costs. I suggest that OMB, consistent with the President's directive on transparency, instruct government agencies (1) to adopt a presumption against granting confidentiality for submissions in agency proceedings, (2) require the confidential status of documents by default to expire in 3 years without compelling ...more »