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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Department of the Treasury

DIGITIZE FAXING!

Agency Wide Shared Services (AWSS) should make an electronic fax service available to all areas of government. Faxing is currently time-consuming and expensive - and think of all the paper that’s wasted! Better technology is available and it’s time we put it to use. Ideally, the process would be as straightforward as sending electronic, unprinted documents online (via E-mail possibly). And we would be able to receive ...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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Department of the Interior

Simplify IT security - One userid and one password per employee

Reduce the number of userids and passwords needed to access computer systems. Having 42 - yes, 42! - different password requirements to operate on all the platforms that I access is anything but secure. Let me use ONE userid, not the 5 I currently need, and ONE password, not the 42 I currently need. Would greatly reduce the ability to forget/lose this information, the need to "write" it down, etc.

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Department of Health and Human Services

Power down computers when not in use!

Encourage computer users to shut down computers at night if they are not in use. This will not only save the power that the computer uses while sitting idle, but it will cause the computer to generate less heat, meaning cooling systems will also use less power as well. A hidden benefit is that the computers will last longer before component failure, as just being on, whether in use or not, ages the computer faster than ...more »

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Department of Agriculture

Telework LIbrary/ Telecommuting Station

Government offices considering a new telework program should factor in that those employees will at some time need to report in person. A telework library could be set aside to allow a rotation of those employees who will not have a regular desk. This will help to save space when figuring the budget. In addition retirees could be utilized in telework positions as sources for advice according to their expertise and monitored ...more »

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Executive Office of the President

Electronic Signature-A GREEN Cost Saving Initiative

Update the E-Sign Act of 2001 requiring electronic signature on all documents and accompanying storage within 5 years. Savings in paper, mailing costs, fax machines, paper storage (it is a MAJOR GREEN initiative). Efficiency is increased by seamless transfer of information at the speed of the network. Security is increased by electronic encryption of documents. Federal acceptance will jump start private sector for major ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Better balance security with employee productivity and functionality.

Security has run amok. It's important, but so is productivity. Need to better gauge risk before implementing changes that affect ability to get work done rather than automatically implementing every precaution regardless of risk level vs. impact on the organization. Savings would be in reduced need to troubleshoot and adapt existing applications in a constantly-changing security environment as well as increased productivity. ...more »

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Department of Defense

Security Clearance Duplication

Tons of money is spent on security clearances. Each agency does not accept the others and redo the entire process. Then it is put into one of many different databases, each of which has to be maintained and staffed. Each agency should be forced to accept another investigation and use only one database to store all clearances.

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Department of Homeland Security

Electronic Password Reset Functionality for All Systems-No need to contact the Service Desk

Electronic Password Reset Functionality for All Systems-No need to contact the Service Desk. With a web front end you can have an ODBC reach back to create an auto generated e-mail message that gets sent to the DHS e-mail address. This is extremely secure because the user must enter their email address and their system user id. The system verifies both the e-mail and the user id; once verified this system sends a new ...more »

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Department of Energy

Government Security Clearances Be Recognized By TSA

I suggest that Federal Employees who have a current Security Clearance that has been performed as a requirement for their job and includes background and national agency checks and interviews should be allowed by the Transportation Safety Agency to go through minimal security screening and that their HSPD-12 Government ID be used for expeditious service. This would enhance security, reduce TSA costs, improve customer ...more »

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Office of Director of National Intelligence

Consolidate Security Clearances

Consolidate Security Clearances into one standard verses having DHS, DOD, CIA, DEA, NSA, USCG, ICE, ATF, etc… each having their own. Can you imagine the man hours saved and better inter-agency interaction when all organizations adhere to one standard?

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