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US Government could save Millions Daily.

I think that we should replace all light switches in offices & conference rooms with motion sensor type light switches. All day long, you go by rooms at government facilities that have lights on and no one is in there. Electricity isn't getting any cheaper. There needs to be a stronger push to get people to do this or shut off their light switches.

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Use Shared Office Space and Telecommuting

The Department of Energy does not effectively promote or use shared office space and telecommuting to save operating costs, energy, resources, and impact to environment. By improving the frequency of telecommuting for employees, there would be less office spaces needed and setup designated shared offices to match schedules when employees need to attend the main office. This would work at the Department of Energy’s -... more »

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Green Lighting

I suggest that all new government buildings be constructed utilizing "daylighting" technology in place of flourescent lighting where practical. "Daylighting" refers to the use of products ranging from skylights to polycarbonate glass substitutes. These products spread light efficiently throughout the day while blocking UV rays. This would significantly cut energy consumption during daylight hours while encouraging... more »

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Elimination and/or Reduction of Leased Space

The Department of Energy as well as other Federal Agencies (for both Federal & Contractor staff) are expending millions of tax dollars on leased space; of which is not fully occupied. My suggestion is to mandate that Government owned buildings must be utilized first; secondly all leased space needs to re-justified (lease vs goverment owned); and thirdly all leased space must be fully utilized (consolidatation and/or... more »

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Computer Security through fewer passwords

Develop a single Federal Computer interface for employees. This can be done by creating a single federal log in page which allows linking to all other accounts without further logging in. We have developed a computer based work environment where we have a dozen or more separate and distinct user names and passwords (I currenlty have 12 I use regularly). Each user name and password has separate and distinct requirements... more »

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Instituting a "Wellness America" Project

I highly recommend that the federal government takes the lead and enforce in instituting a “Wellness America” project which will constitute all federal/private organizations/employees to implement and maintain a healthy lifestyle. This project, if implemented, will focus on the different issues we are experiencing like healthcare cost. This project is worth an investment as one way to reduce healthcare cost in the future... more »

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Travel Costs

Allow employees to make their own airline reservations when they can get a lower price than the government travel agency offers. Often times I can get the same plane reservation on a travel web site for hundreds of dollars less than what I end up paying with the government contracted provider. The employee could then be reimbursed for the cost of the plane ticket on their travel voucher, just like they are for other... more »

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Use 360 degree evaluations

Use 360 degree performance evaluations. This will save money on multiple fronts: Often the poorest managers "manage up" fairly well and aren't recognized as being poor performers by THEIR bosses. This could help get rid of the worst and potentially turn around lifeless offices currently suffering under a poor manager thereby dramatically improving productivity. Additionally, 360's would help managers (and front line employees)... more »

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Lifecycle cost analysis

Encourage lifecycle cost analysis for capital improvement projects. Do not focus only on the current budget, but plan for years ahead.

If a proposed project (let’s say changing light fixtures) costs 5 million dollars as a one-time cost, and would save 1 million a year, after five years the project will have paid for itself. I am confident the US Government will be here for a while, so why not invest now for cost savings... more »

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Roof top solar panel installation

I suggest placing solar panels on roofs of government buildings to generate electricity and greatly reduce the monetary cost while being kinder to our environment. The NIH, for example, had monthly electricity bills in the millions several years ago.

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An Idea to Save Heating and Cooling Costs and Reduce Greenhouse-Gas Emissions

The problem: Many people who work in government operated buildings often feel that the rooms in these buildings are too hot in winter and too cold in summer. The thermostats in many of these buildings either do not work or cannot be adjusted. It is very strange, inconvenient, and wasteful to have to wear short sleeves in the office and then have to bundle up going home or outside during the cold winter, and to have to... more »

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DOE National Laboratories (Government Owned and Operated)

Make all or the larger DOE national laboratories into government owned and operated laboratories (staffed by federal workers instead of contractors). This is common in DOD and I would suspect that the DOD laboratories are operated cheaper than the DOE laboratories (salaries and bonuses are less for federal employees).

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Shining a Light on Energy Production

Turn large numbers of exposed roofs on public buildings, such as schools, libraries, etc... into solar energy farms to generate electricity for use in their missions to educate our children and the community, while providing the national grid with any energy produced beyond their requirements.

 

This concept works in harmony with several national education standards and opportunities for citizen scientist engagement.

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Change the look of government credit cards to help prevent fraud and abuse.

Change the look of the government travel card and purchase card. This is NO COST, and should help with fraud and abuse.
I review the misuse report for the travel card. I often hear that the card resembles their personal card. There is NO COST to the government to request the banks to change the color and enlarge the wording on the card. A bright solid colored card with large letters across the entire card which reads:... more »

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