Department of Housing and Urban Development

Conserve Water in bathrooms

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Water saving devices should be installed in restrooms at HUD Hdqrtrs on the 2nd through 10th floors: 1) toilet flushing should use new water saving technology; 2) sinks should use electric eye faucets rather than timed water faucets that have been in use since approximately 1980. The restrooms on the ground floor use electronic eye faucets. Other Federal office buildings should have the same water saving devices installed... more »

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Save Paper & Money by Reducing Library Materials

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I will reiterate a suggestion I made last year to reduce all hard copy library materials not only in HUD, but also in all agencies such as U.S. Attorney's Offices, where I worked for 8 years, and every agency throughout the country. We receive an enormous amount of wasted books and subscriptions that are readily available on WestLaw and Lexis/Nexis, which our Government Agencies are already paying for. If we are truly... more »

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Use accountability to reduce printing costs

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I constantly see papers sitting by the printers and copiers throughout this agency that no one claims. I'm sure this contributes to many wasted dollars and is not environmentally conscious. I think that agencies should require government employees to enter a unique individual or office access code before utilizing printers and copiers. A sense of accountability can encourage employees to think twice before hitting the... more »

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Imaging

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I would suggest that the Government start imaging files and utilizing computer technology more to reduce the amount of office space we have to Lease. Also, imaging files would allow more people to telework saving not only allocations for office space for people and storage, but also saving on commuting reimbursements for employees commuting into cities. Also, imaged files will reduce the amount of paper purchased and... more »

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Scan Documentation

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Hire temporary employees to scan all origination documentation that is currently stored in files. You will have to increase the computer storage size, but this will assist in reducing the amount of paper used for copies(Killing trees), postage(instead of mailing copies to DEC and others we can just email the documents), and also increase employee productivity(taking excess time to print and re-print these documents-takes... more »

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Review Appraiser

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To better protect our nation from predatory lenders & negligent, deceptive appraisal practices, I believe the Federal Government should require Appraisers to provide copies/proof of the MLS (Multiple List Service) Sold Sheets of the subject & comparables used in the appraisal. Also, to provide Assessor Records/proof as to what is written within the appraisal report. Without these documents neither HUD/FHA, nor lenders... more »

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federal employee donation pool

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I recommend creating a donation pool where federal employees who want to offer a furlow day, paid leave, or other financial contributions back into the economy have the option.
I am new to the federal government but find it interesting that the non-profit world has massive lay offs, City governments have extreme furlows, but the federal government doesn't have a donation pool for employees who want to sacrifice to help... more »

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