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Release Census Address Files

Currently, Census Address Files are not in the public domain. Releasing only the list of address, while protecting personal privacy, would be a boon to private sector while saving other governement agencies resources since they are paying to develop these same addesss lists. For example the broad band mapping program is spending many millions, a nationwide address file would save them millions since they need not compile... more »

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Eliminate use of styrofoam and plastic bags in cafeterias/restaurant of Fed buildings. Even if a contractor runs the sevice, require use of recyclable cardboard containers, paper cups and bags. Require them to offer cost incentive for people who bring their own food or beverage containers. Require recyling in all Fed cafeterias. Offer incentives to adjacent food service places to use recyclable or re-use (bring your... more »

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Default to Double-sided Printing

Set double-sided printing as the default setting for printers. While the goal should be to print as little as possible, printing is sometimes necessary in order to work efficiently. We can drastically reduce the amount of paper used, however, by setting government printers to default to double-sided printing, and lock in this setting if possible so that employees cannot change it back to single-sided printing. In offices... more »

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private vendors on campus

Government facilities should start allowing more private vendors into the campuses or facilities. The revenue from these lease agreements then could be reinvested to offset the operating cost of the facilities or for improving current structures. This could also have an added benefit, as the employees will tend to say on campus if the goods that they are requesting are nearby. For instance I know of a few government facilities... more »

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Supplies

Look around, how many pens do you have? Maybe 7 per employee on average? Office supplies are a major source of waste as each person uses far more than they actually need each year. Obviously everyone needs a few pens, but I am sure everyone could cut their personal supply use by $50/year.

 

If everyone makes a small cut (few pennies each day) its impact across the full federal government will be huge.

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Put Travel in the Hands of Workers

One thing that has frustrated me over the course of my 15+ years of federal service is the way in which we book travel. In this day and age, the use of a travel agency to book and manage travel is antiquated and unnecessarily costly. Although it may be useful for a small portion of federal employees, the vast majority are capable of handling their own travel arrangements. Empowering employees to book and manage their... more »

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Save on heating and air conditioning costs

I suggest you start saving money by adjusting the heating and cooling systems in the Federal buildings. In my building, individuals are running heaters in their cubicules because the air conditioning is temperature is too low. Only on the 100+ days are the offices at the right temperature. This has been going on for years and is still not corrected. Stop wasting the money and energy. Use the savings to reinvest in... more »

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