Relocate government offices from DC area to lower cost of living areas. This reduces not only office leasing costs, but also employee cost of living expenses, commuting times and expenses. This concept is not limited to only NRC employees, but can be applied to any government employees that do not really need to be located in the DC area. For example, this was successfully applied to the State Department in Charleston,... more »
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
NUREGs are documents that are already available in the Agency Document Management System (ADAMS) but are printed and distributed to Directors and Deputy Directors in all three Regions. These documents number in the hundreds of pages and each division receives 3 or 4 copies. When multiplying the number of copies times the number of divisions times the number of Regions, the duplicity of these documents is substantial.... more »
Automatic flush toilets have recently been installed in the government office where I work. These fixtures are equipped with two methods of flush control: a laser motion sensor triggered by movement within a certain range, and a secondary manual control. The manual functions with options both to flush using less water and for full flushes. The motion sensor arrangement, frequently flushes both while the stall is occupied... more »
Get rid of paper concurrence packages for all non-classified materials. Convert the concurrence process into an electronic process. This will reduce costs (paper), contribute to environmental conservation (kill fewer trees), and increase work efficiency (people can still concur while on travel or teleworking instead of packages sitting on office desks awaiting their return).
I believe the government could save quite a bit of money if they stop using Contractor Administrative Assistants/Secretaries. I've spent many years working in the private sector where administrative assistants/secretaries each work for several people. It seems that many Administrative Assistants/Secretaries working in Federal Agencies are not working to their full capacity. There are many who, in my opinion, do not... more »
Allow staff to agree to share offices/cubicles in exchange for teleworking 50% of the time. Not only will that reduce office expenses, it will allow better rested staff to perform better work instead of always arriving exhausted from a long commute. For our agency, it may even allow for subletting certain floors of our new building (3WFN) to the private sector.
We should take advantage of technology wherever possible and when cost effective. Assessing the capabilities of digital tablets, whether a 10 or 7 inch model, their use could benefit the federal workforce as substitutes for paper documents in meetings, small conference sessions and group discussions, where copies of presentations or discussion documents are handed out, or required to be brought to the meeting. I believe... more »
Would recommend that as many federally owned structures as possible contain solar panel arrays. If not already underway as a recommendation by someone else, suggest that the requirement could be done by executive order. The first candidate could be property owned by the postal service which could reduce the cost of electricity supplied to Postal facilities.
I think that it's time that nearly all of our performance appraisal process can be channeled electronically. This includes the many drafts and copies of the annual performance appraisals and the multitude of copies of the Elements and Standards. By cutting down on the printing of these documents several times every year, we can save more than a few trees and reduce our waste processing fees (a high percentage of those... more »
OMB should approve governmentwide contracts (GWAC) and mandate their use by all federal agencies. Agencies would be prohibited from awarding new IDIQs that perform similar services. The benefits and cost savings from reduced duplication of effort could be enormous due to reduced staff time and could improve the pricing and effectiveness of approved GWAC vehicles.
T&A is completed online, request for leave is completed but submited via papercopy. Entire process should be automated, no paper copies, no paper timecard printed for signature. Process should be automated for individual offices so leave requests are recorded on automated calendar for quick reference. Reduction of printed copies will safe cost in paper, printer and ink. Time saving automating the process, on-line approvals,... more »
I know someone who is trying to by a $60 dollar piece of hardware for his computer. There are no security concerns, but the purchase has been in 'committee' for a few weeks. There have been a number of meetings and emails about this product. The cost of the those meetings and emails is not captured anywhere. If 5 people spent 1 hour on this task, the cost would be well over twice the cost of the original product itself.... more »
Do not let Federal Government physically grow much larger in Washington, DC area. Over a period of time, as the federal government grows, keep dispursing some lower level units to nice desirable areas with much lower building rent and operation cost in the states. Each department would submit a plan on how this might be accomplished for their organization over a long period. Rent and building cost is very high in DC... more »
Hi, This is an idea to have the people that receive welfare checks to contribute at least 10 hrs a month of community service to provide laundry service to the government security and police force. Instead of the government paying millions of dollars to laundry contractors for laundry service to keep uniforms pressed and clean, why not have the people who recieve welfare checks earn there money in some kind of way... more »
The amount of office supplies that are bought and wasted in the agency is sad. There is no control or audit as to why so many supplies are requested and hoarded by the staff either at their desks or who knows where else. We are no longer the land of plenty; we can no longer afford to keep living like there is a lot to go around. If we are wise at home about spending, let’s also learn to be wise about spending at work.... more »