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DOT: Highway Signs- "Your Tax Dollars Hard at Work"

Eliminate the thousands of large orange signs that say "Your tax dolalrs hard at work" which tell us how much of a project's costs is paid by Federal dollars, State dollars, and Local dollars". Honestly, who cares? Are these signs intended to aggrandize the Dept of Transportation? There is NO BENEFIT to these signs. What a waste! Not only wasteful (each sign must costs hundreds of dollars), but these are safety... more »

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Computer Powersave option

Instead of having a screen saver, set the option to just turn off the monitor. Screen savers use as much energy as a screen in use, but by turning it off after an extended amount of no use (10 min) automatically, energy can be saved, and in turn money. With this setting change, there is no need to manually turn off/on the monitor, as it automatically turns off and back on. This is already being advertised to the general... more »

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Reduce paper handouts of presentations

When paper copies of presentation handouts are deemed necessary, they should always be printed double sided, and, if they are Powerpoint slides, printed with multiple slides per page. Also, we should use black and white instead of color unless it's really necessary to convey particular information. I've received too many presentations on high quality paper, in color, with one slide on a one-sided page.

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Reward Those That Spend Less

The culture in the federal government is for organizations to spend their full budget allocation over fears that future budgets will be decreased if they have money left over. The administration should promote fiscal responsibility by rewarding organizations that are able to operate without spending their full allotment. The best way to do this is to create a monetary incentive for returning funds. This could be done... more »

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End of fiscal year spending

I have noticed alot of federal offices scurry to spend all of their alotted budget monies each year so they don't get less of a budget amount in the next fiscal year. Federal employees need to start seeing and using the federal budget monies allowed them as they would their own personal finances.

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Eliminate decorative construction on bridges and roads

I routinely see new highway construction or expansion projects where bridges and highways have decorative art either painted, concrete stained, or molded into the sides of road sound barriers, bridge columns, and other bridge support structures. These look amazing and reflect a history to the local areas. But in the budget environment we live in shouldn't our budget look pretty before the sides of our roads. I believe... more »

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Pennies don't make as much "cents" as a two cent coin

Instead of minting as many new pennies, begin a gradual phase out of the penny as it costs more to mint than the coin is actually "worth". Take a clue from the UK and consider minting two cent pieces. This could reduce the cost per coin to mint, perhaps even to or below break even point. To make change of a dime, a two cent piece can be used to make change in even increments ($.02, $.04, $.06, $.08) as well as with... more »

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Eliminate Transit Subsidies

The Public Transportation Incentive Program is a great program. Its elimination would change my commuting habits. However, considering the federal debt crisis and the dearth of private sector job opportunities, now is not the time for government to subsidize anything! Eliminate the program and eliminate its costs. A better approach considering available technology is to encourage employees to telework. This would... more »

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Contract Savings

I have come from Private Industry and am amazed at the amount of money that is spent on Contractors. We pay for the office space, travel, in some cases training, office supplies and equipment, pass-throughs. We could save millions of dollars annually if our contracts eliminated this kind of spend. We need to standardize our requirements across all the agencies, review the criteria and start eliminating this type of... more »

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Allow Electronic Submissions of Notices to the Federal Register

As an employee who regularly submits notices to the Federal Register, there would be enormous time, material and cost savings if the process were brought into the 21st century. Currently, several identical signed copies of Federal Register notices must be hand delivered, along with a CD of the word file, to the Government Printing Office (GPO). Our Department, in Washington DC, has an individual drive to the GPO every... more »

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Flexible Use of Federal Employees among Agencies Government Wide

Federal employees among agencies hold the same professional series and grade classifications. Allow Federal employees to be transfered between agencies to facilitate the most efficient use of Federal staff without new hiring. Agencies with increased workloads / priorities should have existing Federal employees from other agencies transfered as needed. This will eliminate the huge amount of resources currently devoted... more »

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Review documents electronically instead of on paper

Multiple people in our office review multiple versions of draft NEPA documents. Instead of requesting paper copies, we normally request e-copies in Word format, store the documents in our shared directory, and all of us can comment using Tracked Changes which can be collated and sent back to the State DOT. This can be a HUGE paper saving practice.

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Reinstitute Secretarial Positions

The idea of using high-paid technical staff to perform routine clerical tasks has proven a failure. Small agencies like Federal Transit Admiinistration (500) need to reconsider hiring professional secretaries (GS-04-07) to perform services including but not limited to answering general inquiries on the telephone, opening access-controlled doors/greeting visitors, copying/scanning, producing/staffing concurrences on consistently... more »

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Implement a parking cashout program nationally

A cash benefit in lieu of free parking or other valuable transportation benefits should be offered. The Federal government owns a lot of property, and a lot of that property is devoted to car parking. The most efficient way to utilize that space is to have individuals recognize the cost of their actions on that space. By offering Federal employees and others who park at Federal facilities cash in lieu of "free" parking,... more »

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