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Software ownership - Government should own Source Code

As contracts are currently written, private corporations retain ownership of the source code on custom software paid for by government. This makes it impossible to improve, fix or change software without using the same contractor.

 

Open and public Source software would allow for a contractor to create the original program, but allow for any federal worker to improve it at no additional cost.

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Bring Back Troops

Keeping troops in Iraq costs billions. The country should stand on its own. Supposedly friendly countries in the region can defend themselves. The U.S. is not the police department for the world.

 

It's a lost cause to keep troops in Afghanistan. The religious influence is too strong and the people's beliefs won't be changed. It's been proven many times that a religious war cannot be won.

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Defund tobacco price supports

Save taxpayer money and keep children from picking up a very bad habit by defunding all price supports to the tobacco industry. The land could easily be converted to another crop - to save jobs. Why should we be funding a crop that has absolutely no benefits, and only caused debilitating disease and addiction?

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eRent

Many agencies, including ours at EPA’s Region 9, have moved to digitize documents, making it possible to retrieve reports and forms online. During our internship this summer, we recognized a way to improve government efficiency while reducing waste: making electronic tablets available for rent or checkout at the agency library/communications center. We are cognizant that people will have different learning styles and ...more »

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Eliminate the Federal Health Program’s 5-year Rule

Want to save $350 million? Federal employees must be active enrollees in FEHB for five continuous years before retirement, even when they can be covered for free elsewhere by another family member! Why waste employee and federal premium payments on double insurance? Even if only 5% of active employees are caught in this trap, it amounts to an annual waste of over $350 million! Though the law would need to change, the ...more »

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ALLOW Part-time work BTW 33 & 39 hours...NOT just 32 or fewer

Currently, Federal Employees can only work a part-time schedule of 32 or fewer hours. This is problematic for employees who want to work 35 hours, or 37 hours, for example, due to childcare or other life-needs. The government would save money in salary, and employees could better balance life-work. Employees are squeezed into a 40-hour work week when it is not optimal and this requires greater salary.

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Report on progress implementing our good ideas.

Instead of telling us only about Trudy's idea for saving printing costs of the Fed Reg in Wisconsin, tell us about all the printing costs gov't wide that were saved by her idea. Then report on all the ideas that we sent in before that were implemented and the savings that came from these actions. Then tell us about the good ideas that were NOT implemented and why not. Then the submitter could respond with a revised suggestion ...more »

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Tax Government Employee Per Diem Allowances

I've been traveling for EPA for 35 years. The per diem allowance in most CONUS areas and certainly in the Caribbean are outrageously high. Typical per diem (not hotel) allowance in Puerto Rico is about $120 per day. No one can eat $120 worth of food in one day, so most employees on govt travel skimp on food and most, if not all of the per diem allowance is retained by the traveler as untaxed income that is not reported ...more »

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Fewer Energy Vampires

Cut down on the number of "energy vampires" , i.e. electrical devices drawing power when they are powered down ("off"). An example would be a laptop computer which has an external transformer (it looks like a brick) which supplies power. When the computer is powered down the transformer does not turn itself off. You can tell it is on if it is warm to the touch. Sometimes it may have a small light showing it is consuming ...more »

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Public online FOIA

Provide an online system that allows the public access to our releasable documents. This would be simialr to the ADAMs database the Nuclear regulatory Agency operates and the public document database operated by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. Allowing the public access to documents will reduce the time and cost it takes to respond to FOIAs, supports government transparency initiative, allows the ...more »

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Recycling old electronics

There are many old electronics that are stored in rooms that need to be recycled. It can save space in rooms or storage areas. If there are electronics that are not used in full capacity then human resources and inventory management need to decide whether to keep that product or recycle it. In laboratories, that is an issue where old electronics are kept that are not used at all or rarely. Desktops needs to be replaced ...more »

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Install inexpensive software to measure and manage printing

Agencies usually do not measure how much paper their employees use. As a result they do not make efforts to save paper, because they often can't even quantify it. My office fills an entire room with paper every couple of months, uses it all, then places a new order when it gets low- even though it it unecessary and we could rely on more digital forms. In university, each student had a 30 page quota per month, and every ...more »

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low water toilets

I installed a 1.28 gallon-per-flush toilet at home and it works as well as my old toilet made in 1952. Before I bought it I checked it out on the Internet and found out that there is an organization dedicated to testing toilets using a certain kind of bean paste as a substitute for what could be difficult to flush down without a lot of water. New toilets installed by the government should use as little water as necessary ...more »

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