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No more sweaters in the summer!

If you check on your closest thermostat in your office, you would find the temperature to be around low 70s. Looking around you would see many of your colleagues wearing knitted sweaters while some even have their personal heaters trying to keep themselves warm, but glancing at the calendar in front of you, you then realize it is actually in the middle of summer! Simply raising the temperature by 2 to 3 degrees can reduce... more »

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Eliminate the Mass Transit Benefit Program

The Mass Transit Benefit Program (or Ride Share) affords Government employees "free" transportation and reimbursement for gasoline. In an economy where people don't have jobs, this program does not represent the best interests of our tax dollars. Government employees not only have the funds, but the resources, to do a locally coordinated car pool program. Providing a vehicle and funds for gasoline should not be part... more »

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YOUR SAVINGS ARE IN THE MAIL

The Federal Government sends out millions of letters and packages annually. If each Government agency were required to analyze the processes and methods used to send out these letters and packages; and streamline them to be cost effective, efficient, and greener, the Federal Government collectively could potentially save $1 million or more by utilizing the practices below: • Mailing letters using #10 envelopes vs. flats... more »

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Sell Naming Rights to Federal Highways

Offer the opportunity for corporations to purchase naming rights on Federal Highways. For example, Interstate 5 could be renamed Apple Freeway, if Apple, Inc. purchased the naming rights for a term of three years. Use the funds to repair and maintain the highway.

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Require price comparision before using GSA contracts

GSA has contracts with many different vendors for services. Recently, we updated our phone system and were automatically setup with GSA for our phone bills. The bills were very high and the first couple were incorrect. We were in constant contact with GSA and they let us know that we could try to negotiate our own deal with the phone company. When we did, our monthly rate went from $850 to $235, our long distance rate... more »

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Solar Power Leases for FAA Buildings

In the past year several companies have started marketing solar power systems for homes that allow the homeowner to lease the equipment for a monthly fixed amount that results in an overall savings over their current electrical costs. My idea is to extend this concept to FAA buildings located in the states where it is economical. FAA could benefit from a similar program and reduce the carbon footprint of our facilities... more »

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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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Eliminate the proposed "Aviation Safety Observer Card" program

The Federal Aviation Administration's Flight Standards Service has recently proposed an-all new credentialing program. This new program would result in the creation, issuing, tracking and use of a new "Aviation Safety Observer Card" that would ostensibly facilitate access to air carrier cockpits by FAA employees who are not Aviation Safety Inspectors. The staff of the Air Carrier Training Branch has articulated a number... more »

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Lights off between 2:00 AM and 5:00 AM

I think that turning off street lights between 2:00 AM and 5:00 AM would be a great cost and energy savings for the country. Drivers are ultimately responsible for the safe operation of their vehicles and not over riding their headlights. These hours do not fall within peak transit hours and turning them off would have minimal impact on safety. Most commercial drivers are off the roads at these time as well as most private... more »

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Get rid of the PTSP

The Public Transportation Subsidy Program is a good idea in that it encourages employees to use public transportation. However, most of the employees that use it would use public transportation regardless of whether or not they received the subsidy. Right now employees who use public transportation are eligible to receive up to $230 per month, tax-free, to use public transportation. If these employees would use public... more »

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Mandatory telework 50% of the time.

Telework is currently at the discretion of first line managers and their managers. If they would allow all personnel who meet the telework requirements to work from home 50% of the time, then government would reduce the need to rent buildings for office space. Federal buildings that would become available with office space, after consolidation of telework personnel, could be rented out to private companies/organizations.... more »

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Performance Appraisals

Performance appraisals could be handled completely electronically. They can be generated electronically, the employee and supervisors can sign electronically and they can be transmitted to the HR servicing office electronically. This eliminates paper and FedEx costs to send the forms to HR. They could then be transferred to the eOPF more easily and not require scanning.

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