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Save $11 million a year

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?

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Eliminate email mailbox size limits

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 »

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Convert to Internet Phone Service

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 »

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Meeting Salary Counter

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 »

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SUBSTITUTING VIDEO CONFERENCING FOR SOME TRAVEL

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 »

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Decouple establishing NASA’s mission from the executive branch

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 »

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Manned Mission to Mars

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.

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Prevent Demolition of NASA Test Stand

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 »

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Grade reduction

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 »

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Lights OUT

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 »

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