Department of Homeland Security

Costly Use of GSA and Unicor

One of the largest issues is the complexity in getting to purchase materials/office equipment etc. locally. We are essentially forced to order from the corporations such as Unicor and GSA that charge ridiculous prices for their items. While perusing the website in order to purchase a lamp, I came across a 1300.00 lamp! Now I ask, what lamp is worth 1300 when you could easily drive to a local store, purchase an effective,... more »

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Department of the Interior

Audit GSA

Annually, GSA costs us money. They control when we renew our lease and they write the lease. In some cases they are also paid the rent agreed upon in the lease. This is circular and quite costly. The same is true for GSA vehicles. They charge us and decide when we have to return the vehicle. Then the process of returning the vehicle costs us both time and money- some of that money is paid to GSA. Why do they exist? I... more »

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Department of Transportation

Fewer Government Vehicles

We have a large pool of government vehicles to choose from, but for most of the year they just sit in the parking lot and only a few are checked out on a daily basis. Rather than having enough vehicles to cover heavy volume days, why not just have enough for the average day. It seems like it would be much cheaper to occasionally pay an employee mileage for driving their POV rather than buying and maintaining government... more »

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Department of Justice

Set mandatory thermostat settings in all federal buildings

It is summer outside but it is freezing in our offices. The temperature setting is at least 68 degrees and almost everybody is wearing a sweater and most people also have space heaters running in their offices. It's reverse that in the winter. If federal buildings have a mandatory temperature setting -- say 72 or 74 degrees - everyone would be comfortable -- still beats 90+ degrees outside - plus it would save millions... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

GSA Fleet Vehicles

We have a number of GSA fleet vehicles that are gas guzzlers. Now that hybrid and natural gas technology are available with a number of American car dealerships, I would like to recommend that all government agencies with fleet vehicles upgrade to more environmentally friendly vehicles when the contracts are up. This way, we help to save gas usage (saving the American taxpayers money), as well as helping the environment.... more »

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Department of Commerce

open up grassy fields to exercise -- better health!!!

At the Suitland Federal Center, the grassy fields that could be used for exercise, walking, and sports are OFF LIMITS per GSA. There is no explanation as to why there are DO NOT WALK signs on the grassy fields. Employees are forced to jog and play sports in the harder to get to and less safe surrounding neighborhood, which takes more time away from exercise. Take the 'DO NOT WALK' signs off the fields and open them... more »

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Department of Defense

STOP THE INSANITY! Why Throw Away $$$ Billions???

Why does a completely tax exempt organization voluntarily throw away billions of dollars by paying taxes on travel? I travel a lot for the Navy and detest that taxes for TDY travel expenses are charged to my government credit card. Though the Government Treasury will get the taxes back, for the Navy and the Program Office (PMA), those funds are lost. Those lost and unrecoverable funds, which can quickly add up to billions,... more »

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Department of Agriculture

GSA VEHICLES VS POV VEHICLES

Why are federal employees required to use a GSA leased vehicle when he/she may be willing to use a POV. Reimburse the POV employee at the current .51 cents per mile as in private industry. The only reason I can see that this would not be an option is that the current policy in place is a means only to financially support GSA and the auto industry. This is in my opinnion wasteful spending when employees would prefer to... more »

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General Services Administration

Adjust GSA Advantage Prices to Reflect True Market Pricing

I am walking a fine line here and I don’t want to disclose part numbers and suppliers but can do so upon request. The prices in this example are real but the suppliers name and part numbers have been altered for confidentiality. Note: GSA Advantage is a required source of supply that has priority over commercial sources as referenced in FAR 8.002 Example 1: Received quote from supplier XYZ for 10 pieces of part AAA... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Save Taxpayers Money-- Increase Performance & Reduce Waste

Develop a "Task Assignment and Monitoring Database" to improve employee performance, increase management efficiency, and productivity by creating a standardized trans-agency web-based task monitoring database. It should be simple and easy to use unlike many elaborate project management tools. A daily task check-in for employees and managers would improve performance across the board. There will always be those few employees... more »

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Department of Agriculture

POV and GOV Dilemma

Recognize that POV travel is less expensive than GOV travel, and reimburse appropriately. A new AAA study shows the cost to own and operate a sedan rose nearly 2 cents a mile to 58.5 cents per mile. As a high-mileage driver the government had been reimbursing me (to use my POV for government business) 19 cents per mile, which is down from the 28.5 cents per mile that was reimbursed in prior years (while actual costs have... more »

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Department of Commerce

Government Vehicles

Use National Weather Service government vehicles for 100k or 120k miles instead of trading them in for new ones at 60k-70k miles. Properly maintained cars should not have any trouble reaching this range of mileage. In the majority of cases, it is cheaper to repair/maintain than to buy new.

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Department of Energy

Establish Fuel Economy Standards for Government Rental Cars

Government agencies conduct a significant amount of travel and transportation activities through private rental car companies, under travel regulations and rental terms established by GSA. GSA could establish minimum fuel economy standards that would apply to government car rentals for gasoline powered cars. A vehicle rented under a government rental car contract would need to meet the fuel economy standards specified... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Consolidation of CBP and TSA Bonded Facility and Cargo Operation

Prior to the creation of the DHS, the former US Customs Service was the primary entity for inspecting inbound and outbound foreign cargo at US International airports as well as compliance and control of related bonded facilities. The events of September 11, 2001 resulted in the creation of DHS as well as the TSA with the consolidation of the Customs Service into CBP. Since 2001 the TSA has grown and expanded in mission... more »

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