Department of Homeland Security

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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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Department of Homeland Security

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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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General Services Administration

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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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Postal Service

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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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Department of Veterans Affairs

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Quit paying Fed Ex!

It always gives me a good laugh when I need to get paperwork sent somewhere and it is sent via Fed Ex. Apparently, even the federal government does not trust the USPS to get their packages to the destination on time! If we are going to keep the USPS going, we need to use it. If federal agencies don't trust the USPS to get the package delivered, why on earth would we expect others to? In any case, we shouldn't be paying ...more »

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Postal Service

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Charge more for delivering junk mail

Increase the cost of mailing junk mail. This measure will raise revenue while decreasing the inbound mail and the need for postal workers. Indirect benefits are happier homeowners and less trash to process.

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Department of the Treasury

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Combine Requests for Information to our Customers: i.e. Return Census and Tax Forms Together

The same information is often requested from multiple agencies (name, address, dependents, and income). Where possible combine forms across agencies to consolidate the requests we make of our customers. Immediate benefits will include: • Consolidate requests to our customers (in 2010 we submitted our tax and census requests within weeks of each other) • Reduce duplicate envelope cost, a more “green” approach • ...more »

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Department of Defense

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Use soldiers instead of contractors in deployment locations

Stop using contractors to in general in deployment locations. For example mail clerks are making $120,000 a year plus benefits and overhead over here, an enlisted soldier is making around $40,000 plus benefits and if you have to get more soldiers. Or use a pay system that is entirely the same pay system as a soldiers.

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Executive Office of the President

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Scan More, Mail Less

Interoffice mail should be limited to items that cannot be scanned and emailed (or posted to a shared folder or workspace). If employees have access to a high speed scanner, no document is too long to be scanned and emailed. Along with immediate savings on physical delivery costs, scanning more documents will also save money in the long-term. Electronic records are easier to track, store, and retrieve. They take up ...more »

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Department of the Treasury

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POSTAGE

TOPIC: POSTAGE ...We use UPS to do a lot of shipping every day. Why do we not use the USPS instead? It would be cheaper especially with the one price shipping boxes. it would help the USPS which is struggling financially. The government would retain their money instead of giving it to a third party company. USPS now has the ability to track packages which used to be an advantage that UPS had. I am quite sure this ...more »

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