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Fighting the obesity epidemic one printer at a time

Situation: Computer output printing costs are high (printers, paper and toner), especially with employees having their own printers in their offices. Obesity rates are high and sitting at one's desk does not help one get exercise. We have become extremely dependent on electronic communication. Cost cutting idea: Phase out individual printers and replace with one printer per floor, or one per work area. This would ...more »

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Adjust Room Temperature in Government Buildings

Room temperatures should be comfortable for people to work in adequate clothing that does not restrict movement. During the Summer time room temperatures are set to 72F, in the Winter time temperature is set to 80 degrees. Both are extreme temperatures and not comfortable at all. We are constantly calling maintenance, they come in tape the ducts, make some adjustments and a few days later we are back to the starting point. ...more »

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CUT DOWN ON LODGING EXPENSES

Since each Agency usually has more than one employee attending events such as training, conferences, and meetings I suggest putting two employees of the same gender to a hotel room instead of one and cutting down on lodging expenses.

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Rollover unspent budget from one year to the next

Allow rollover of the unspent budget from one year to the next so that the money is spent effectively. Currently, if money is left unspent in one year it is not added to the next year's budget. This causes imprudent year-end spending and procurement of unnecessary equipments, reagents etc. Government can save enormous amount of money if the left over money from one year is allowed to be added to following year's budget. ...more »

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lower medicare costs via new requirements for lab testing

My experience with my mother's interaction with doctors while on Medicare is that she would go in, talk to the doctor briefly, and then get labs prescribed, with many tests. Then, she would return two weeks later to go over the test results. The same things happens with my private insurance doctor -- I get a physical, he prescribes labs, and then I get the results, AFTER the physical. If I need to discuss the results, ...more »

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Eliminate contract travel agencies and contract travel vendors

The cost of paying travel agencies for service as well as utilizing contract vendors (airlines, rental cars, etc.) far exceeds what employees can obtain via the internet.  No refund tickets are less expensive than contract airlines even if you have to pay the change fee.

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Computer Systems Specialist

CMS builds unique systems in response to similar often overlapping legislation enacted by Congress. This creates an inefficient use of taxpayer money and causes confusion and frustration for our providers, vendors, and beneficiaries. Contracts are awarded and millions of dollars are spent developing these systems. I think we could save money if Congress looked at the Programs that were previously enacted and built ...more »

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Replace in person peer review at NIH with phone/mail reviews

Eliminating in-person NIH grant peer review and replacing thiswith online reviews will save millions annually. Also it will reduce time spent traveling by hundreds of scientist reviewers and NIH staff. It will reduce funds spent on hotels, travel, meeting space and per diem for all in person study section reviews. Research conducted by Alexander Pentland at MIT suggests project reviewers who watch in person presentations ...more »

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Dealing with Hot Flashes and Cold Flashes

Can we have designated temperature zones at work places: These are real distractors at work. Ever noticed the space heaters at office.. and resulting double drain on power -one to run the AC and the other to keep the personal heater running. With the cold air from the air conditioning running full blast, comes the misery for a few with genuine body temperature regulation issues. Some may have hypothyroidism. They usually ...more »

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Got Power?

Waste incineration can be done at the massive federal complexes like already done at hospitals. Also being done in Virginia. Set up furnaces to incinerate the office waste including print and then use steam turbines to generate electricity. Incinerate papers un-shredded (!) as well as those daily litter generated at our workplaces, cafeterias and yard care. For now they end up in landfills someplace far away, ‘shredded’ ...more »

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Furniture

We purchase so much furniture for offices and conference rooms. There are purchases of office chairs that cost over 400 dollars. In addition of furniture purchases for employees, there is a high turnover of employees to newer positions and the chairs are left behind or put in hallways. We dont have 400 dollar chairs at home, so why at work. We should not be allowed to use corporate businesses (such as staples or office ...more »

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Saving Energy During Hot Weather

I work in a location with floor-to-ceiling windows. If half of the ceiling light fixtures were removed, or if we could turn off half of the lights, this would save energy. I don't think this would not cause a reading problem, since we receive a large amount of natural light.

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