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Department of Defense

Shut down PCs

Enforce a shutdown policy of all desktop computers that are not active and in use at the end of normal working hours (implement in software, no human interaction required). All modern PCs can be woken up remotely to run updates, etc and shut down again. This will not only save electricity, but make our networks less vulerable to attack.

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Department of Labor

Refurbish, Recycle, or Sell old office equipment

In my office there is two rooms of office space filled up with old computers and other office equipment such as televisions, vcr's, projectors, and other items. Some of the items still work some do not. The items cannot be thrown out and I have been told that the process and paperwork to deal with this equipment is endless and takes years to have a decision made. This office is already short of room and equipment for... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Be more efficient with computer upgrades

The government should be more frugal with computer technology. Many employees don't use their computer for anything more complex than writing word documents. As such, it is not necessary for them to have the latest and greatest computers -- however, many groups upgrade computers evey few years. As long as people are able to complete the necessary tasks, new computers should not happen so frequently. When updates are needed,... more »

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Department of Energy

Sleep/Hibernate/Standby/Turn-off Computers

I suggest that federal employees either shut down, sleep, hibernate, or standby their computers when they leave the office. Not only would this save the government a lot of money on their electric bill, but it would also save the government money on cooling (i.e. air conditioning) since idle computers can radiate a lot of heat.

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Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency

Require Computers Be Turned Off At Night, Save Millions

By turning off computers at night -- and making that a federal policy -- we can save millions (and energy, too). At the Department of Justice, I turn my computer off every day to save energy and money – but, because of security updates, I often find my computer turned back on in the morning, and I almost always find it on Monday morning, since updates were apparently performed the previous weekend. (And it’s often not... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Single interface for government computer systems and databases

Create a single interface for all government computer systems. Currently, in my job as an immigration officer, I am required to access as many as twenty different systems, each of them with a unique username and password and wildly different interfaces, from mainframes to web-based php systems. A talented developer could create a single interface for accessing all of these systems and simplify the types of codes and reports... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Reduce WASTED Energy Consumption

The price of energy per capita within the VA is far more than any other agency in the federal government. This is a result of unstable temperatures year round and unnecessary energy consumption in unused computers, along with a convergence of other antiquated policies.
Most offices are staffed from 7am – 5pm and are empty for 14 hours of the day or 60% of the time. Therefore, 60% of a computer’s energy consumption is... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Reduce WASTED Energy Consumption

The price of energy per capita within the VA is far more than any other agency in the federal government. This is a result of unstable temperatures year round and unnecessary energy consumption in unused computers, along with a convergence of other antiquated policies.
Most offices are staffed from 7am – 5pm and are empty for 14 hours of the day or 60% of the time. Therefore, 60% of a computer’s energy consumption is... more »

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Department of Housing and Urban Development

One Password for all Employee Systems

In every department of government, the employees are currently required to utilize many different, special purpose intranet systems as well as additional internet systems. For example, employees of HUD OGC are required to utilize the following internal systems: HIHRTS (for employee ratings), ETS (for reporting on the current status of cases), TEAM (report every few months on what we did for the past two weeks), HUD... more »

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Department of Defense

Secure and Uniform Computing and Database Systems

How many millions of dollars are spent annually on old databases, old operating systems, and obsolete technology? These systems need support from specialized technicians (the older the system the more specialized, meaning more expensive!) to continue operating securely and correctly. Moreover, the older a computer system is the less secure its encryption capabilities are and the more people are required to support it.... more »

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