Currently, the U.S. government spends in excess of $1 billion annually to license software -- software that produces documents that are difficult to access after a few years because the new version of the software often doesn't work with the older documents. Since the document formats are proprietary, we have no way to access these documents other than by maintaining the unsupported older software. This has made transparency ...more »
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
The gov't system is backward and geared toward wasted spending. If you don't spend all your money in one FY, you get cut the next - so you have all kinds of wasted buying and travelling just to use the money because it's there. Why? Because next year you may be cut and the costs could be higher so you might need it. You are rewarded for wasting. Change the system to REWARD SAVING. Telecommuting saves money and time ...more »
I know folks like to travel - but - in the Federal Gov't folks travel "just because they can" and the money is there - many trips are unnecessary to complete the mission. Extra "offsite" meetings at resorts, shopping for conferences just to go to a fun city for a week, travelling 3000 miles for a 2 hour meeting, all that is nice - but it's paid by taxpayer money and in this time of need that's where there is a lot of ...more »
Many large government centers, including NASA GSFC, have to maintain expanses of grass as well as wooded areas. Mowing and edging the grass is a major waste of resources and a source of air pollution. In addition, invasive plants such as Japanese stilt grass and Bradford pear trees have taken over many of the unmaintained areas, which is not good for wildlife and can spread to neighboring properties. Perhaps herds of ...more »
Replace exterior doors with revolving doors to prevent outside air from entering the building. This would save on heating in the winter and cooling in the summer. The current automatic doors remain open long after the user passes through. With the door wide open, air conditioning (or heat) escapes the building. A revolving door would prevent large amounts of interior conditioned air to escape, thus saving on utilities. ...more »
Many people spend a majority of their day surfing the internet. Internet access is monitored for illegal activity, but is not monitored for ineffective use of time on the internet. Develop algorithms to determine amount of time spent surfing the web each day. If it's too great, revoke open internet access from the individual's computer. If work requires the internet, shared computers are available for use.
Government contract files currently consume vast amounts of paper! There is no reason contract files are not almost exclusively electronic. A good first step would be to require all documents, including emails saved as PDF, be managed on the computer until contract award. At that time, the contract itself is the only document printed with original signatures; all other documents can be burned to CD/DVD and included ...more »
Eliminating Light pollution from all government outdoor lights can save a lot of energy. Using the proper fixture, and high efficiency lamp can save over 50% of the energy in some cases and still do a better job. All new outdoor lighting should be required to be fully shielded. Put the light where it is needed and not into the sky. Although retrofitting existing lighting takes time to pay back, the reduction of energy ...more »
Currently it takes me approximately 17 minutes to boot my computer. It takes another 5-10 for it to become useable. (I can make a pot of coffee before I can check my email). And this happens every morning. My computer at home is usable in less than a minute. I fully understand certain software must be loaded during boot to protect the computer/virus checkers etc etc, but the boot process can be optimized so these ...more »
Where possible allow agencies to work either four 10 hour days or four 9 hour days an 8 hour Friday four 9 hour days and then Friday off. This could allow complete offices to close saving electricity, fuel, and reduce the traffic load on local streets.
Too many contractors take advantage of the federal budget. They charge extra hours, spend many hours reinventing the wheel so they can charge more hours, and create many extra expenses so they can gain more profit for their company. Contracted projects should be reviewed to determine if current government staff can complete the tasks (they are, after all hired because they have skills and abilities), if the budgets, ...more »
I discovered some statistics about my government center that were intriguing. We have 900 paper towel dispensers across our center with a population of 74% engineers. We purchase about 15,000 rolls each year costing the government easily over $100,000 per year. The Dyson Airblade claims to be the fastest hand dryer that is hygienic, with a sticker price of $1,119 for each system. I propose that if the government replaced ...more »
Reimburse teleworking employees for internet service. This will not only encourage more teleworking, but also encourage those employees who have to pay extra for high-speed service to do so, in order to save time in sending/receiving internet correspondence. For example, a document that one rural employee recently had to upload remotely to the workplace server took over an hour; with higher speed internet, this would ...more »
Lights left on waste energy unnecessarily during the weekend when nobody needs them. 2 days out of 7 equals a 28 percent savings on the electricity bill for every government building that utilizes weekends with lights out.
The Federal government per diem rates are higher than necessary. For instance, in Punta Arenas, the rate for 2010 was $99 when a fairly large meal would cost ~$20. Even with incidental costs, the $99 figure is excessive, and this trend seems to be true for every place I have traveled. Reducing the per diem paid to everyone who travels while working for the government could greatly reduce government expenditures. In addition, ...more »