Department of Health and Human Services

Don’t trash half rolls of toilet paper during restroom cleaning

Before FDA White Oak’s Green Team intervention, GSA had a campus-wide policy at FDA’s White Oak campus in Silver Spring, Maryland in which GSA sub-contractors were required to instruct custodial staff servicing the White Oak campus restrooms to remove and place in the trash half rolls of toilet paper and replace with full rolls. Once this practice was identified by a White Oak Green Team member, other Green Team members ...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 the Treasury

Require Agency to Implement TeleWork Policy For All Eligible Positions

Increase the number of people working from home by requiring that agencies implement, support, and enforce their policies and allow ALL individuals in positions which have been identified as eligible to work remotely to work from home. Use the pay periods as measures and set up a schedule where half the office works from home on Monday/Wednesday/Friday of the first week and Tuesday and Thursday of the second week and ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Lodging Per Diem Policy Change - Noncommericial Lodging

Lodging Per Diem Policy Change (easy to implement, immediate savings) - allow employees to file lodging claims at a significantly reduced rates (say 20-30% of lodging allowance) without receipts to encourage them to stay with family or friends instead of hotels where feasible. Simplifies processing of travel claims (saving labor time scanning receipts, time spent on audits of receipts) and cuts down on the total cost ...more »

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Department of Agriculture

Optional Early Out Retirement

Give the Option of Early Retirement since most agencies are Top-Heavy (experienced employees maxed out at the top of their pay level). This allows new hires to be made and reduces the overall payroll cost of the US Government. Savings might well be in the billions!

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Department of Agriculture

TeleWork - Save money and Increase Efficiency

Most employees work at the office during normal buisness hours, yet many of us do jobs that can be done at home as well, or more efficiently. Some employees at my office already go home to work on focused writing - they have fewer interuptions and find that they actually get MORE work done at home. Using the phone, instant messaging and our increasing web-based communication systems, it doesn't matter where our desk is ...more »

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Department of Agriculture

Stop $10,000 Awards

Stop giving out $10,000 awards to upper management. This money could be used to help in purchasing office supplies - thus eliminating out-of-pocket expense buying supplies at office supply stores (e.g., Office Max, Office Depot, Staples, etc.).

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Department of the Interior

No Penalty For Saving

Every year it seems that all agencies spend 100% of their annual budget. Managers feel that, if they don't spend it all, the following year's budget will be reduced. We need to reward managers that operate under budget and assure them that their next years budget will not be reduced. They may even get more than budgeted based on how much they saved in the previous years. That will stop offices, agencies and organizations ...more »

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Department of the Treasury

Change Coinage/Monetary system - Save $2 Billion/year

Change the monetary system utilizing two specific approaches as follows: (1) Eliminate the dollar bill and use the dollar coin as is now done in most other countries (estimated savings of $1 billion/year per GAO and other studies). This would provide a significant greening of the environment as the coins are environmentally neutral; whereas the dollar bills contain hazardous material and cause damage to the environment ...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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Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Too HOT, but way COOL

Many government office buildings are kept too cold in the summer, and too hot in the winter. It is not uncommon to see employees in sweaters in federal offices in the summer. This not only uses excessive energy, but sets a bad example for the general public. All agencies would save significant overhead costs for utilities by adjusting building temperatures a few degrees warmer in the summer (encouraging wearing short ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Carry over money across at least 1 fiscal year; aka, instead of the annual summer money waste, save it for next year

The fiscal year cycles have become inherently wasteful, and as a result very frustrating. The annual scenario: we start the fiscal year in October on a CR, too worried about unknown budgets to buy even essentials until after Christmas (which, of course, greatly affects productivity); local departmental budgets aren't known until at least January if not March, and when budgets are at last finalized, frantic calculating ...more »

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Department of Commerce

Make more forms PDF fillable and electronically deliverable

I think the gov't needs to make more of its forms PDF fillable and available to send in via email. I am shocked every time I go to fill in a form, either for business or personal reasons and find that I need to print it out and snail mail or fax it in. Faxing forms is old and becoming obsolete. In addition, paper is wasted by printing out numerous copies every time you mess up filling in the forms by hand. PDF fillable ...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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Office of Personnel Management

Go Virtual

I suggest you...have virtual meetings, trainings, and conferences. The government is notorious for feeling as though they need to see people face-to-face to get their message across. It is nice to have National Summits face-to-face, but many meetings, trainings, or conferences could be done virtually. Invest in web conferencing services such as Microsoft's Live Meeting, Cisco Systems Inc.'s WebEx Meeting Center, IBM's ...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 Labor

Community service for Unemployment benefits

Unemployment benefits are costing taxpayers millions, and in cities, there is much work that needs to be done. The suggestion is for participants who recieve unemployment benefits; after a reasonble 6 weeks of benefits, in order to continue thier unemployment benefits, the recipient will provide 20-30 hours per week in community service to non-profits, city and state programs. This idea, will allow for the unemployed ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

STOP RENTING BUILDINGS AND BUY THEM!!!

The Transportation Security Administration has been occupying the same rental space (office buildings) since 2002. If the government would decide to BUY a building to house federal agencies, for their office space; that would be smarter financially for the future. Airports have been located in the same geographical areas for years; purchasing a building for office use, is just smarter business, in regards to saving ...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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General Services Administration

Green Rooftops

I suggest creating rooftop gardens on Federal buildings. Most rooftops are ugly, empty space. Private corporations are starting to implement this idea including PNC, which created a living mural on the side on one of their buildings. City Hall in Chicago and also implemented a Green Rooftop. Only three GSA buildings currently have Green Rooftops. This idea can be implemented at any government owned facility. Divisions ...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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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Flexible Work Environment

I propose we eliminate the 1950’s cube farm approach from our federal offices and create a more flexible work environment. There are two keys issues here I want to present: 1. Elimination of government issued desktop computer, desk phone, laptop and cell phone. With 67% of Americans of working age owning a personal laptop (and cell phone), government provided office hardware is a duplication of what our employees already ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Train Frequent Flying Feds as Air Marshals

Train qualified volunteer civil service employees from other agencies/components who already travel frequently. Many flights already carry civilian federal government employees cleared at or above the level required for Air Marshalls. Many of those frequent traveling feds are capable and willing of serving as a public safety officer on flights that they are already traveling. I recommend a process that would allow ...more »

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