Many of our jobs now require the use of a computer and other IT related devices. I believe most government employees have a computer issued to them, usually a laptop or a desktop. In many cases, the processing power and resources available in the computer that is issued to an employee far exceeds what they need for their day-to-day tasks. In some cases, the employee needs more computing power and/or resources than they... more »
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
For federal employees who's work never involves ITAR data or export controlled information, filling out a proforma NF1676 every time one gives a talk, or submits a paper, or attends a meeting is a waste of time. There should be usable blanket provisions to make this unnecessary. This could save dozens of forms per person per year.
Many projects and programs purchase tools and ground support equipment for developing and building flight projects. There is not a centralized area where tools can be checked in and out at the Goddard Space Flight Center. Since projects have a finite life, many of these tools, once used, are not tracked. They are purchased for a specific activity and once the project ends, the tool may or may not be used by another program... more »
Change the Federal Travel Regulations to allow paying 1 day of per diem and hotel over a weekend (e.g., Saturday) in order to get substantially cheaper air fares available if the travel includes a Saturday night stay. Saturday stay limited to salaried personnel who specifically request it. Savings in air fare must be at least twice the additional per diem expense. On a recent trip to Toulouse, France a Saturday stay... more »
I have dreamed about meeting President Obama. Often I think that if NASA and Congress can fully implement his plans for NASA it would save taxpayers much expense. We will continue to lead the nation/world in space research and exploration. It would bring much efficiency to our Agency. I have an idea that would benefit NASA and all Government Agencies that issue and or accept Interagency Acquisitions (IAs) per Federal... more »
Conversion of laptop computers to tablet PCs on an attrition basis would allow users to easily record and store hand wirtten data, transmit that information to interested stakeholders and create a method by which the millions of documents that are printed to be red-lined can be worked in cyberspace without printing. According to Wikipedia an average user prints 28 pages per day or about 14 reams of paper a year. The actual... more »
Employees stack hundreds of reams of copier paper to elevate computer monitors. Various departments excess monitors stands they paid for, while having to order reams of paper to replace ones used for other puposes. The new monitors have vertical adjustments that make stands unneccessary in most cases. Suggestion: Collect the unused paper; distribute the monitor stands to those who actually need them. If one does not... more »
Eliminate requirements for hardcopy presentations and travel authorizations when electronics versions can be distributed. Also eliminate the numerous hardcopy fliers that are distributed, esp. to those employees that have access to online versions. As an example, for an installation of 10K employees, conservatively assuming an average of 3 fliers per week would mean a savings in paper of over $10K per year. Besides toner,... more »
Ensure that there are strict critieria and robust training for secretarial ("administrative assistant") support. This will help reduce the time required by professionals (e.g., engineers, scientists, supervisors) to process things like travel and presentations. Currently, the lack of qualified secretaries results in inestimable time spent on copying, submitting, and revising official documentation, including travel.
Why do so many agencies have to be on top of one another in DC, leasing large buildings at high fees? When leases come due, or possible early terminiation of leases, agencies should use desk sharing and telework and efficient space planning to take up less physical space. Why do all agency staff have to work in DC? Does every employee go to the Hill daily? I doubt it. Move agencies out from DC, decentralize - move... more »
When we go to work in a complex with many buildings inside, there may be different routes for reaching a destination. It is difficult to know if the chosen route is indeed the shortest course. If information on the shortest route is easily accessible to employees and visitors upon entering the complex, they would follow that route. The saved driving distance may seem miniscule, but if we multiply that distance by the... more »
Recommend that all the logistics systems within NASA be on the same inventory control system. Allow parts and materials to be moved and allocated between project, programs, and centers.
Paper and supply waste might be reduced by making each individual organization (i.e., the branch, department or section) responsible for paying for what they use. Awareness of these costs at the user level could make conservation a consideration. Additionally, it would allow these organizations to develop methods for reducing waste that will be successful in their particular work environment. For example, a small office... more »
Save billions of dollars in Federal aviation maintenance costs by allowing pilots to fix broken components on their aircraft themselves using bubblegum, paperclips and pipecleaners. Imagine the savings! Then aviation maintenance engineers can focus their energies on creating more realistic flight simulators for the private sector. Include a length of rope so that pilots can fix broken components on their aircraft while... more »
Issue lap top computers to all government employees since they use up to 80 percent less energy than a standard desktop computer. Employees can also work at home using lap tops.