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General Services Administration

Free and Open Source Software

The federal government should use free and open source software (FOSS) such as the Ubuntu operating system and the OpenOffice office suite whenever these products are competitive with similar commercial software. This would result in substantial monetary savings on licensing fees for commercial software with no loss of productivity.

http://www.ubuntu.com/

http://www.openoffice.org/

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Department of Justice

Recycling/Disposal of Excess Computer Equipment/Electronics

Have a central federal agency handle ALL recycling/destruction of excess computer equipment. The current process for excessing computer equipment and securely erasing hard drives (including copier/printer hard drives) is very inefficient and somewhat insecure--options are to have individual sites securely erase all data and then pay to have recycling companies pick it up and THEY profit from any recycling possible or... more »

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Legislative Branch

Identity Theft

Enact legislation requiring any business that utilizes photocopy machines to destroy or otherwise completely remove all of the data stored on the harddrives currently installed in virtually every modern-day photocopier prior to selling or disposing of the machines. Although many manufacturers offer software aimed at completely deleting data from the internal storage devices for an additional fee, companies purchasing... 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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Legislative Branch

Stop Ordering Cheap Computer Hardware

We need to stop ordering cheap/lowest bid computer hardware components for desktops and laptops. We may save money in the short term but in the long run we end up spending more on replacement hardware and lose a great deal on employee productivity for every hour, day, week that employees are without their computer system(s).

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General Services Administration

open source software

US government should switch to open source software. They are free and literally free from hacker attacks and viruses. Just think about the amount of money each and every agency has to spend upgrade windows base office programs. Then multiply it by number of agencies. This is a total waste, because none of us use even 10% of the available features of fancy programs. Why do we spend millions, if not billions of dollars... 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 Agriculture

Green Savings with Information Technology

Utilize bizhubs or network copiers instead of individual printers on districts or offices. If you compare the cost of ownership over time, network copiers blow away the cost to maintain individual printers. Not only do you get increased capability; utilizing things like PDF creation on-the-fly, you also gain in green benefits; energy savings, less toner use, less to recycle and longer service life. The energy and cost... more »

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Department of Justice

Use Computer Energy Star Features

We are mandated to purchase Energy*Star computers and attachments, yet most of the time we do not enable the features.

While most departments policy state that employees are required to power down their computers when not in use with a dispersed work force this policy is hard to manually enforce.

By mandating that the screen saver be set to 30 minutes or less and that the screen saver puts the monitor into stand-by... more »

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Department of the Interior

STOP MULT BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR SEASONALS, and ease up on volunteers

Stop the rediculous duplication of effort with multiple security background checks for seasonal employees. Once a federal check is done, it should be good for 3-5 years (whatever the time period) from any agency/unit (park) that initiated it. Not only will you save money (these reports are not cheap!), time (which is money) of current employees processing the same thing over and over, you will be able to employ the new... more »

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Department of Agriculture

Improve Morale by using Technical Liaisons on Districts

Improve Morale by using technical liaisons on districts; this will save a ton of money.
Create two new technical positions back on districts or at least every other district. Combine IT\GIS\DB duties as one position, HR\Budget&Finance as the other. These are liaison positions to central management but with local customer service emphasis, helping folks complete their processes and meet targets. If we are not going to... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Distributed and Grid Computing from Idle PCs

I suggest that idle computer systems be enabled to be used for distributed and grid computing purposes. This can be configured for individual sites that are located across large areas or even the entire continent. It can be setup as a realtime system or for packages that are processed in a batch system. Most PCs and small computer systems are utilized at less than 5% capacity and this would provide an untapped resource... more »

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Department of Energy

PCs left on for days at a time...

The User Service Center (IT Department) for the U.S. Energy Information Administration updates the computer systems every Thursday evening. Employees recieve an email reminder to leave their PCs on overnight Thursday. Many government employees compress their 40 hour work weeks so that they have either Friday or Monday off (or both) or work remotely on these days. Therefore, the majority of the computers in EIA will... more »

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