There are over 30K mil couples (one mil member married to another) on active duty in the USAF. Both spouses are receiving untaxed Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH). One of the member’s is receiving BAH at the “single” rate (i.e. they have a spouse and/or child) rate, while the other is also receiving BAH at the “single” rate. This is obviously necessary, if they are stationed in separate locations. However, if they are ...more »
Our efforts to reduce paper are hampered by shortcomings in electronic filing. Make electronic filing more secure and permanent. Keep electronic files up to date as computer programs change.
As summer interns in the Region 9 office of the Environmental Protection Agency, it has been exciting to see that EPA practices what it preaches! One of the best sustainability initiatives in the San Francisco office is to replace personal trash bins with larger bins in communal areas of each floor. This simple act saves money, reduces landfill waste, and gently encourages recycling. In the EPA’s San Francisco office, ...more »
Our small office received 2 catalogs. This seems to be a major waste of money producing the catalog and mailing. This catalog should be posted on the internet for easy access.
Allow applicants from anywhere to be able to interview from anywhere! Use the internet to connect interviewers and interviewees face to face with a simple webcam. This would allow for someone in Alaska to interview for a job in Washington DC. This would save travel costs and give us a wider applicant pool.
Permit employees to enter their Time and Attendance information into a universal software program. This will cut down on errors and save on printing costs.
Currently all department employees must fill out paper time sheets and SF-71 leave requests. These have to be then typed into a computer system which takes 1 FTE per 400 employees (takes our office staff 1 day per 40 persons for data entry). There are about 1,000 different pieces of office software designed for this function and I'm positive that it would cost less in paper and time to use even the most expensive software ...more »
Currently federal agencies mandate electronic payroll deposits. On the flip side, many still send out paper payroll subs.
I would like to see a federal mandate to make all payroll stubs electronic. This would save postage and paper costs while simultanelously expediting these notices to all federal employees.
Stop printing The Internal Revenue Bulletin covert it to a PDF or email it to Employees. In my unit we get the Internal Revenue Bulletin every week. I do not need it for my job because I do not deal with advance tax law. My units Internal Revenue Manual which has a less changes then the bulletin is available on-line. It would also cut time into searching for tax law information. Update: It is on-line at http://www.irs.gov/app/picklist/list/internalRevenueBulletins.html ...more »
OPERATION FREEZE THE INK! 700 pounds and 10,000 pages is what the average worker will print in one year. A 25-30% reduction of printing by 50-60% of federal workers (1,500,000 FTE) would save $187 million in a year! It's not technology that holds us back, it's the will to use it. Implementing a printing cap would make government workers get creative in how a document is electronically delivered.
There are many good ideas to reduce printing. Even with many documents maintaining electronic form through their lifecycle, there will always be some amount of printing. Because of this, for documents that are printed, adopt a policy that calls print duplexing to be the default configuration for network printers. Part 1 of this strategy would incur little or no cost to implement: Institute a policy that all printer drivers ...more »
Government contract files currently consume vast amounts of paper! There is no reason contract files are not almost exclusively electronic. A good first step would be to require all documents, including emails saved as PDF, be managed on the computer until contract award. At that time, the contract itself is the only document printed with original signatures; all other documents can be burned to CD/DVD and included ...more »