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Department of Homeland Security

Real Property Inventory Cost Cutting

Allow current federal employees to complete inventory verifications. We have recently paid contractors between $200,000 to over a million dollars to produce information that is useless and then we hire another company to go back out and verify! Why not use current employees to verify inventory, we know what we are looking for, the format we need and we can complete it with 1/4 of the costs and half the time! Oh, and... more »

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Department of Defense

Incentivize savings via employee appraisals

Add a section to all US government employees' appraisals for the employee and their supervisor to document how the employee has saved money or energy without reducing the quality of their work or their office's work. In any organization what you measure and reward will grow. Often employees have a chance to save the government money or energy, but they are not incentivized. It may be a hassle for them to go the extra... more »

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Department of Justice

Reduce Long-term Costs with Better Transitions for Federal and State Ex-cons

Our current treatment of criminals is along this pattern:
1. Pay huge costs to catch, try, and convict offenders.
2. Send them to prison where they learn the lifestyle of hardened criminals, and it costs us nearly $100K per prisoner/year to keep them there.
3. After parole years later, dump them on the streets to find their own way, with maybe a bus ticket and $25 in cash, with a requirement for them to find on their... 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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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Cost/Environment Improved by Technical Portability of Documents

portibilityProvide portability of documents by providing government employees with netbooks/iPads to download documents to read remotely, take to meetings etc. This would reduce the need for printing, and print products (paper, toner, repair service) as well as related items such as notebooks. The cost would be reduced as well as potentially improving the environment.

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Legislative Branch

Provide non-motorized vehicle reimbursements.

Save travel costs, energy costs, go green, and increase health of federal employees by providing low cost non-motorized vehicle reimbursements rather than only providing the current high cost motorized vehicle use rates. If as an example, just 2% of the federal employees would use bicycles that could be reimbursed at 10 cents per mile instead of 50 cents/mile for automobile use -- many millions of dollars would be saved... more »

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Legislative Branch

Reimbursement for other than motorized transportation.

Save travel costs, energy costs, go green, and increase health of federal employees by providing low cost non-motorized transportation reimbursements rather than only providing the current high cost motorized vehicle use rates. If, as an example, just a couple percent of federal employees would use bicycles, small-wheeled transport, wheelchairs, kayaks, walking, etc. that could be reimbursed at 10 cents per mile instead... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Automatic Computer Shut Down

DHS has an estimated 200,000 employes and contractors who use laptops and desktop computers for their work every day. But when workers leave the office, many of them do not take the time to shut down their computer. This naturally begs the question: how much money could DHS save by remotely turning off idle computers?

Assumptions:
-10% of workers leave their computers on overnight (20,000)
-The average computer uses... more »

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