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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Social Security Administration

Extend the Thanksgiving Holiday to include the Friday After for ALL Federal Employees: Could save at least $600 million

I suggest you...make the day after Thanksgiving a federal holiday for all federal employees. Including the Friday after Thanksgiving, as part of the Thanksgiving holiday, will reduce the amount of money spent for utilities, guard services, janitorial and other support services. Some federal government entities provide services directly to the public and usually work with a "skeleton crew" the day after Thanksgiving. ...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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Legislative Branch

180° Leadership Assessment

Allow employees to participate in 180° Leadership Assessments of their managers/executives as well as themselves during their Performance Appraisals. Creating a 2-way street (versus top down) could champion greater reward linkage to performance, collaboration, and communication amongst the whole work force. Utilizing an acceptable/approved universal electronic system across government to collect and share this data ...more »

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General Services Administration

Official Travel

After a recent stint at one of the FLETC, it became blatantly obvious exactly how much in government funds is wasted via the government's contracts with travel agencies such as Sato/GetThere. An attempt to book a flight from New York to Charleston, which included a layover in Georgia, netted the contracted travel agency $1299+ taxes/fees, while a direct flight could have been booked through the airline's website at $180+ ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

End the End of Fiscal Year Wasteful Spending

End the "end of year" wasteful spending. Every September, federal agencies scramble to use up every last cent that they have been allocated and haven't yet spent. The budgets are set up in a manner that actually promotes waste because if the funds are not spent, the budget will be reduced in the following year. This results in extremely wasteful, last-minute purchases, without proper preparation, trial of products, ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Workfare Not Welfare

Require individuals and families work a number of hours each payment period to support their benefits. Consider this a service learning opportunity where everyone is obligated to help earn their income. Opportunities can exist in day care centers, adult day care centers, homeless shelters, cleaning parks and roadways. States, counties, cities, and communities are reducing staff due to the economic conditions and need ...more »

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General Services Administration

Train Locally – Use Existing FEB Training in 28 Locations Across U.S.

Large cost savings could be gained if federal leaders were encouraged to train their employees in the cities they work. Approximately 88% of the Federal Workforce is located outside of Washington D.C. This is better for the environment and will save the federal government in travel and per diem costs. Federal training already exists in 28 large cities through the Federal Executive Boards (www.Feb.Gov). FEB sponsored ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

TEN HOUR WORK DAY

TEN HOUR DAYS, for Federal Employees, will lower energy consumption and utility bills from the buildings and vehicles we use. It will lower maintenance costs for infrastructure and mechanical devices. It will build morale by giving employees more freedom to enjoy life one extra day. Productivity would increase. Customer service would increase. Apathy would decrease and there would be less call outs from “burn out”. ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Turn Federal Building Rooftops into Solar Collectors

My suggestion is for every federal building to allocate 20%-30% of its rooftop space for solar energy. Solar cells would be tied into the grids of DC electric companies. As electricity is generated, meters would automatically move backwards saving the federal government money, enough to offset the cost of this equipment within 5-years or less (especially on weekends, when little or no staff is present).

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Department of Transportation

Kill Zero based Budgeting

Stop the pratice of ZERO based budgeting. As the end of each fiscal year approaches, there is a mad dash to spend down the remaining budget. This is done for the sake of spending in a crazy effort to protect next years budget allotment. Figure out a new way of budgenting that will elminate the end of year spend-a-thon. There is the immediate waste of money but there are also unintended consequences. When you buy durable ...more »

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US Agency for International Development

Convert all approval documents to PDF using digital signatures

SAVE: Time, Money and the Environment. 1. The amount of time spent printing and walking/sending around documents that require signatures of approval is immeasurable. These documents include memos, cover sheets, requests for annual leave, timesheets, budget spreadsheets, purchase orders, contractual agreements, scheduling requests, etc. In most cases, these documents are printed and then hand delivered to be hand ...more »

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Executive Office of the President

Go to a 2-year budget cycle

The annual budget reconciliation/formulation/allocation process takes a heavy toll on productivity and increases our costs considerably. Switching to a biennial cycle would cut the headaches and losses in half. Under the current system, our fiscal and budget people shut down spending as early as July so they can begin to reconcile the books. Then, due to the political posturing and complexity in passing the budget, ...more »

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Office of Government Ethics

Stop the "If you don't use it, you lose it" policy !

This policy exacerbates wasteful spending in pretty much every agency and every department. The policy exacerbates inefficiencies because it promotes a wasteful environment, by creating 'fear' that if a budget is not fully exhausted by the end of a fiscal year, that budget line item will be reduced for next year. While many departments try to save money throughout the year, they then go on a spending binge at the end ...more »

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Postal Service

Use USPS NOT FedEx for Government Savings and Security

At USDA/NASS we use FedEx all the time for packages and envelopes, especially for 'priority' deliveries. It’s no secret that the USPS is suffering. Instead of 'outsourcing' shipping AND bailing out the USPS why not keep all mail originating from federal offices in the federal system and use the USPS? The USPS offers the exact same services as FedEX and since it is in the federal system, in theory, our federally protected ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Escape from 1948: Shorten the Work Week

Take advantage of technological advances to reduce the modern work week by 25%. Employees who work 6 hour days are more efficient and equally productive as those who work 8, and they use 25% less electricity at the office. Employees with 10 extra hours per week have more time to get exercise, reducing future health care costs and sick days used. Employees with more free time at home have more time to spend disposable ...more »

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Social Security Administration

Deceased but paid

Social Security currently loses millions of dollars and waste thousands of hours because of deceased beneficiaries who continue to get paid. We have a system called DACUS to track these checks and to terminate these checks. In my experience, the vast majority of these DACUS alerts are present because funeral homes do not contact the Social Security Administration to report deaths. We spend countless hours tracking down ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Printing: Double Sided Default

I suggest you program all computer printers to have double sided printing as the default option. Currently, nearly every computer I have printed on has "single sided" as the default print option. I also notice that most people do not know, remember, or take the time to change the printing option every time. In my office I see 18-25 page packets printed single sided. We could cut the amount of paper used in half by going ...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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Department of State

Make It Pay To Save...

We need to change our government budget culture where saving money is seen as a failure and is punished with lower funding. Each year, every government agency does its best to spend all the money allotted to it, even if it doesn't really need to, for fear that if money is left over funding will be cut to insufficient levels in the next fiscal year. In a sense, it becomes our job to make the government bigger. This culture ...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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Financial Reform

Rewards for spending LESS during the FY

Reward agencies who do NOT spend their entire budget. The race to spend all available money at the end of a fiscal year is ridiculous and counter intuitive. Why can't that money be saved in some fashion? Lets save teh taxper payer money! Absolutely no incentive is available for coming in under budget. Actually agencies in CBP are discouraged from spending their budget because they could loose money the next fiscal ...more »

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Department of Defense

Change the way Government spends $

I suggest the Government revise/change the way money is spent. Every single fiscal year people rush to spend their budgets because if they don't spent it the next years budget will be reduced. There is a lot of wasted money spent every year for construction, services, commodities that are not necessarily needed at that time. Maybe let agencies know that just because they don't spend their budget that will have no affect ...more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Telecommuting for Jobs that are capable.

I would save a great deal of government money if you allowed work that can be conducted at home - be done at home. Telecommuting would not only save energy at government offices but would also save fuel costs, the environment, and promote well being within the employee themselves. Not all government jobs can be conducted at home - but many can now that so many systems are now online and a virtual office is definately ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Save $20M+ annually - Electronically Print & Deliver Congressional Record

The Congressional Record cost tax payers $28,390,000 each year to print and deliver to Congress. If converted to electronic format, voice and color enhancements could be added simultaneously with electronic dissemination to significantly reduce these costs in the millions of dollars. Additionally, speedier dissemination (via email, RSS Feed, special website, etc.), authentication and preservation would be guaranteed ...more »

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