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Department of Defense

Save money and increase efficiency through 4 day work weeks

I suggest that the Government go to a 4 day 40 hour week with all employees having Friday off.
1. The Government would save on utility costs for buildings i.e. 4 days instead of 5. This would save millions of dollars a year on energy.
2. Custodial services cost would decrease.
3. Transportation costs would decrease. The road systems would last longer with less cars on the road and would lower tranportation emissions... more »

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Legislative Branch

CONDITIONAL RESIDENT CARDS. A TRUE SOLUTION TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION.

There are not 100 illegal immigrants in the USA….. There are thousands.
A CONDITIONAL RESIDENT CARD should be given to immigrants who DO NOT have a criminal record for murder, rape, DUI, or domestic violence. Those illegal immigrants who, at any point in their stay in the US, committed those crimes, should get DEPORTED to their country of origin right away.
Illegal immigrants should pay a fine of $2,000 to $6,000 if... more »

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Corps of Engineers-Civil Works

Government traveler can get a cut of the savings.

I suggest you create a program that allows an individual to receive an incentive award relative to the savings they create.

If an employee researches is able to officially travel with an airline that is more advantageous to the government than the contract carrier, they can submit submit what is necessary. Since there is already a government contract, it would be reasonably easy to verify.

Likewise, any employee willing... more »

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Executive Office of the President

How to Save $1.06 on Every New Dollar Created

I suggest you immediately instruct Treasury to cease and desist printing bonds, notes and bills (all instruments of debt, i.e. I-owe-you’s) which are used to purchase Federal Reserve Notes for more than face value (yes, that’s right, when you include the interest we pay ~$1.10 for each $1 that gets created). Next, instruct Treasury to start printing U.S. Treasury notes again which would only cost the paper and ink for... more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

FUND WATERSENSE! You know the VALUE OF CLEAN WATER, but do you really know its TRUE COST?

Similar to Energy Star, WaterSense is a voluntary partnership program developed by EPA that seeks to promote water efficiency and conservation through increasing the market for water-efficient products with demonstrated exceptional performance, while also encouraging innovative marketing low water-use practices. Also like Energy Star, WaterSense allows products that are tested and proven to meet EPA specifications to... more »

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General Services Administration

Provide contracting management support service to reduce costs

Create regional contracting support centers to manage subcontracting requirements on large acquisition projects. Today, large companies charge 10-15% of contract cost in overhead to provide support.
This will also enable small companies and subcontractors to receive direct payments and more timely payments. It should enable more small companies to compete for small contracts in large acquisitions programs and the government... more »

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Legislative Branch

Transparency in contracting costs.

Transparency in contracting costs.
Require all federal contractors to provide a statement on proportion of profit, administrative, security related overhead costs, and average salary of contracted employees in the RFP submission. OMB publish on website for all contracts.

OMB provide benchmarks for each category for comparison and require any contract to be within a reasonable range of the benchmark. Provide incentives... more »

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Executive Office of the President

All federal documents and shipping should be mandated to go USPS and it should go for free.

All federal documents and shipping should be mandated to go USPS and it should go for free. No federal agency should be required to pay another federal agency for services and we need to start with USPS, not charging other federal agencies for postage. Shuffling payments back and forth between federal agencies just adds to the cost of doing business. USPS is being subsidized from the federal budget anyway, why continue... more »

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Department of Defense

Incentivize Travelers to Save on TDY Lodging Costs

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Currently OPM per diem rates for travel (TDY) are set so that the lodging rate is a 'use it or lose it' system whereby money not spent on lodging is returned to the government. This fosters an environment where most government travelers don't spend any time looking for the best rate. In fact, in many cases the upper limit is what travelers look for so that they can maximize their frequent traveler program points.... more »

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Department of Defense

Meal Plans for RIK Sailors

Create college-like meal plans for Rations-in-Kind (RIK) sailors where they can eat in a cafeteria (galley) or have "points" allowing them to eat at other food service operations on base. A 2005 study indicates that the lunch meal costs the Navy $12.42 per serving. I believe the cost per meal in college-like meal plans is significantly lower than that. Galleys should operate at least break-even or be closed.

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Department of Homeland Security

Allow Open Source Software Development

Open Source Software allowed for development
Open Source Advantages
* Cost reduction in software ownership
* Easy to Customize software
* Independence from vendor licenses
* Manage support budget
* Control software updates
* Reduce risk management
* Reduce Development costs
* Reuse of software without reinventing the wheel
* Faster prototype development with free startup cost
* Public testing of software security
* Not... more »

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Executive Office of the President

Instead of using proprietary operating systems Like Microsoft consider going to an Open Database Standard like Ubuntu.

Why continue to pay for proprietary operating systems like Microsoft when open database standard products like Ubuntu are available for free. The government pays millions every year for Microsoft enterprise licenses, for not only its operating system (Windows) but for its Office suite browser etc. All of these products are available in the open database standers arena and all are configured to work with Ubuntu. On... more »

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Legislative Branch

Employee provided cell phones

Allow government employees to use their personal cell phones for government work and give them an allowance to do so. This would eliminate many government cell lines and contracts and reduce the need for many employees to hold two phones. A typical government cell contract costs about $600 per year, a blackberry $1200 per year. Providing $250 stipend to an employee to provide their own cell phone could save millions of... more »

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