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Travel Sharing Costs

The Federal Government will save on travel costs if they change travel regulations regarding personal time or vacation time. Travel should be limited to official business or reduce reimbursement. When family members travel with the employee reimbursement should automatically be reduced by half for lodging, airfare should be reduced by half, and rental cars will not be covered. This will result in fewer trips taken. ...more »

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Standard Shift

Return to a standard shift when everyone is expected to be at work. We would save billions. Our economy is not in a state where we can afford to have facilities open 16 hours a day because of employees flexible time. A standard shift would be better for production because you are not having to wait for employees to arrive for work and end of shift would be more productive since employees aren't leaving at odd times stopping ...more »

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energy saving

Install a "smart" power strip wherever possible on all government electrical equipment which will automatically turn on and off the attached equipment, after it sense the presence or absence of personnel.

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Enhance Your Favorite Program

Many citizens feel passionately about their favorite government programs and believe they should be funded at a higher level that what the federal budget can support. This feeling is likely to grow as program budgets are reduced in upcoming years. Let’s provide citizens an opportunity to do something meaningful with those feelings. Let’s provide them the opportunity to enhance specific program budgets that they strongly ...more »

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Incentive award for putting unused equipment back into inventory

All projects have some equipment left over in used or unused states. Instead of paying to store them away, why not incentivise government entities to put this equipment into an internal storehouse where it can be bought for a fraction of the cost by another government entity who could use it instead. If part of that money goes to the organization that sold the eqiupment, they would recoup some of the costs of the equipment ...more »

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Agency Wide Rules

Stop forcing agency wide rules on everyone and let them manage their own programs in a cost effective manner. Particularly, all NASA programs should not be required to have the same parts and QA requirements as spacecraft. Audits are also conducted to the same requirements, causing a waste of time for all involved.

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Training

Since paying travel and perdiem is extremly expensive I suggest that Dau training for certifications be done on site. Those agencies within the same area can be combined and perhaps the only expense would be for mileage. For example there are numberous agencies in one state and many individuals require certifications for continuing education. Many perfer not having to travel and transportation cost are extremely expensive. ...more »

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Collaborative, Secure Online Community

NASA, like many other governmental agencies, is represented across the country with its multiple centers. Many of NASA's employees use collaborative online communities, like Yammer, to share experiences and ideas, gather feedback, and grow as an agency despite geographical hindrances. The problem with the online communities currently being used is that they are not secure enough to be an appropriate forum to discuss ...more »

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Flying for less

Currently the Reduced Gravity program, conducted at Ellington Field through NASA Johnson Space Center, is required to contract with a commercial company to provide a reduced gravity platform (airplane and crew) for conducting training and research. In short, NASA has to pay a commercial company to fly their experiments and people. The average cost the private company, Zero-g Corp., charges is many times greater than ...more »

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Office Supplies, Reduce: needs versus desires.

Office Supplies At Kennedy Space Center the office supply budget continued to increase during budet restructuring and budget cuts. Upon request the purchasers continued to inform management of items required compared to the list of items wanted. The logistics and budget analyst worked with administrative specialists to review the lists, a new list of allowable items was created with a huge cost savings to the center. ...more »

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Innovation - Less Bureaucracy - Firm Cost Contracts

If this nation wants to save additional Billions dollars from Government Organizations like DoD, DOE and NASA etc, then following will hold good for all above Organizations. Project Requirements needs more due diligence and fidelity before awarding contracts and need accurate cost models and projection for the life cycle of the project and programs . Example is from NASA: Eliminate and/or Minimize NASA HQ imposed ...more »

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Reduce Utility Costs

Employees could voluntarily reduce government utility costs immediately with simple e-mailed reminders, or via electronic newletters, explaining the cost that the agency is incurring for utility expenses (especially, a/c, heating, and lighting) which could be reduced by turning off lights and computers overnight. If this action requires turning off lights at the breaker box, employees could be easily trained to do this ...more »

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