A decision was made to close the Johnson Space Center Arcjet for financial reasons at a savings of $5 million a year. The Ames Arcjet (which provides similar test conditions) costs a total of $16 million a year to operate. If the closure was truly about saving money, shouldn't the Ames Arcjet close and save an additional $11 million a year?
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
At NASA our current email system limits mail accounts to 400 MB or less of on server storage. Given the volume of email and regular passing of documents via email, I reach the limit regularly, and then spend a good bit of time deleting and rearranging email to meet the limit. My coworkers experience the same thing. Given the amount our time costs, and that systems (e.g. gmail) exist with significantly more storage ...more »
Stop mailing me oir at least provide an option to stop mailing hardcopies of Leave and Earnings Statements to me. I am not supposed to be able to get a hardcopy - just access them via Employee Express. I've been trying to find a way to stop them for years.
Practically everyone working in the government has both a desktop phone and a high-speed internet connection. It would be cheaper and more efficient if all phones used the internet with a VOIP device. The retrofit for this would be simple and inexpensive, and all conventional phone line costs and maintenance would be eliminated. As a bonus, calls could be encrypted, making every telephone a virtual secure phone, and ...more »
Utilizing smart card software in each federal employee badge, code each employee's GS/SES rating into the card. Have a card reader/scanner installed outside conference rooms of major reviews/meetings that scans each employee's rating to allow calculation of labor costs of a major meeting/review based upon the hourly rate of the employees. Keep track via electronic counter how much money is spent on labor costs in each ...more »
1. Cut back on traveling unless it’s to present something to other organizations to gain funding of projects or if it’s a conference that is beneficial overall to federal government to keep up on current innovations…. - Utilized more video conferencing (Low end on equipment $2,499) which looked at on the numerous trip average range of travel up to that amount or more - Cheaper to add more video conference capability to ...more »
Our computer backup and upgrades are often done on the weekend. Only allow these backups and upgrades to be done during the week even after hours and shut down the computers over the weekend.
Instead of dictating how NASA is to go wherever we're going next, how about we give them a direction and let them design; they can explore lower-cost options than SRBs and enter the competitive market.
Untold amounts of taxpayer investments have been wasted due the starting and stopping and the redirection that NASA is almost guaranteed to encounter when a new administration is appointed. The precedence was set by President John F. Kennedy when he directed NASA to go to the moon, however, there is no reason to continue directing NASA in the same manner today. NASA’s mission/goals should transcend administrations. ...more »
Cancel all funding of NASA's planned manned exploration to Mars. The cost is projected to be in billions. If we had a balanced budget it would be worth pursuing, but we must simply prioritize our national objectives. The program may be better suited pursuing unmanned systems and robotics with the help of international funding to lower cost.
Many employees could be transitioned to a thin client networking computing solution. As oppossed to a dedicated desktop computer. The link below is to an example of cost savings. Actual savings would be variable, and since I'm not in IT others would have a deeper insight into potential cost savings.
NASA is currently planning to spend over a million dollars to tear down a rocket-engine test stand. The stated reason for tearing down the stand is to maintenance costs. The test stand, however, costs only about $25,000 per year to maintain. It could stay in place for 60 years before the maintenance costs would equal the cost of demolition. Preventing the demolition would save the taxpayers more than a million dollars ...more »
Why are there lunar landers being developed at multiple centers? Do we really need multiple departments building landers or can those people be doing something more productive?
To save money, the government, and our jobs, have all the civilians in the US government take a permanent, full reduction in Grade. If you are GS-12, you would become GS-11. Congress, President, Judges, etc. would take a similar pay cut. Our soldiers, airmen, sailors, marines, and coast guard would be exempt. Their pay for what they are willing to sacrifice is already upside down. Like a home budget, making a cut in ...more »
Install motion sensors that will turn lights on when activity is detected. This would be useful in areas like restrooms, offices, corridors, lobbies, etc. The technology is so inexpensive and easy to install and the associated cost savings from conserving energy over time would pay itself off many times over. Plus, technology is more reliable and efficient when it comes to due diligence then people are. Let's use ...more »