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Department of Defense

How to save power and still auto-update Gov PCs

Require all government computers to automatically turn off after 1+ hours of not being used. If Windows Systems Management Server or WSUS needs to push updates out, have the remote server use Wake-On-LAN to fire up the computers for updates and then send the remote shutdown command. This solves the problem having to have the computers on for updates, and saves power when they are not being updated. This would not be... more »

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Department of Defense

Governmental Community Computer Grid

Currently all government agencies have a vast array of personal computers. Typically government employees only use a portion of the computing power of these computers in their official duties. The untapped processing time of computers represents a vast untapped resource to the government.

The software exists to take large complex computations typically handled by supercomputers and parse out small parts of these... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Require all future IT projects to use Open Standards

Developing new systems using open standards for IT projects would allow for future interoperability with numerous systems and decrease costs. It also allows future computer purchases to be vendor neutral. For example, it would allow users to not have to use IE6 on their computers for web browsing or buying Windows XP when free versions of software would work in its place.

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Department of Defense

Open Resource Sharing

Reduce overall IT operational costs through interagency resource (hardware, software and technical support services) sharing and hot seat computing.
Millons of dollars are spent annually within DoD to sustain current infrastructures, procure hardware and software and IT support services. These costs are incurred by each individual federal agency, service component, base and station.

Combining or sharing resources... more »

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Department of Commerce

Computer Power Saving can save over $200 million a year in Energy cost

Computer Power Saving SAVES over 200 million a year.

Sleep mode allows the computer to basically shut off except it saves all the work on the desktop after a set time frame. Suggestion would be one hour of inactivity. The user then would only need to press the space bar and the computer is on and able to be logged into to continue work.

Most users are instructed to leave computers on all the time for updates etc.... more »

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Legislative Branch

Turning off computers and monitors at night

A default setting on all computers and monitors to power off after the user has left for the day would save energy and, consequently, money.

Even in sleep modes, a computer and monitor may consume up to 60 watts. Considering the number of computers used by the federal government and the number of hours the computers are not in use, huge savings are possible.

Windows operating systems have a hibernation function which... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Energy saved on computer power

Each day when employees are not working their computers must be left on so updates and software patches can be installed. Set things up so the patches are installed once the computers are turned on and allow all computers to be turned off at night or when not in use for extended periods of time. The energy savings for all these computers turned off for all of government would be a large money savings and energy savings.... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Computer Competency Assessment

Whether we like it or not, computers are here to stay. Yet many individuals struggle with computers and do not take the free training courses offered by the government agencies, ether because they do not feel like they have time to or are embarrassed to take an introductory course. Require that every single government employee take a mandatory computer skills test, and enforce training courses for those who do not pass.... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Streamlined Access to Secure Government Portals

Federal government employees typically must maintain and regularly update separate passwords to access numerous secure government websites in order to accomplish their official duties. I, myself, have no fewer than 30 separate usernames and passwords for the protected government websites that I must access routinely in order to accomplish the duties of my position. These accounts are not synchronized, and most passwords... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Streamlined Access to Secure Government Portals

Federal government employees typically must maintain and regularly update separate passwords to access numerous secure government websites in order to accomplish their official duties. I, myself, have no fewer than 30 separate usernames and passwords for the protected government websites that I must access routinely in order to accomplish the duties of my position. These accounts are not synchronized, and most passwords... more »

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Executive Office of the President

Computer tech taskforce for increasing efficiency. Government "Geek Squad"

Create a taskforce of computer savvy individuals who rapidly create solutions in all departments of Government. They meet with staff in each area of the government to get ideas staff have for becoming more efficient, but lack the technical knowlege to implement them. The taskforce will take the ideas and implement all that they can with the present technology each department has in place. If through efficiencies the... more »

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Department of the Treasury

Designate a Geek...

Each component office or Division within Treasury (or other Dept.) should be required (or at least induced) to designate 1 person who volunteers to assist others with computer, video, or other related technical issues. This volunteer would be a "poweruser" type who could save time and resources to fix minor computer problems, complicated spreadsheets or software applications, help set up the projectors, etc. for his/her... more »

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