Since "lights out" during the last Federal holiday reportedly produced such a tremendous savings at USDOT, let's practice turning out all lights, at the end of the day, excluding those for emergencies in all Federal agencies. Compare savings at year-end.
Department of Transportation
I drove by the Department of Education off of Penn Avenue one evening , around 8pm and there were so many lights on in the building I thought it was 8am. All government building lights should switched over to sensored lighting. It was disheartening to see all that money wasted to help people read and there are no people there to read. Let's start DOING!
Everything we do in the government has a system. More often than not, these systems are inefficient, costly, and lack common sense. This does not mean government workers have no common sense, but more likely, they have to operate within a system that denies them the use of common sense. An example: My office has no light-switch. We can't turn off the lights when we leave, and I have 6 double-tube fluorescent lights ...more »
In my agency, and I presume others, the telework policy and the IT security policy directly contradict each other. DOT and other organizations need to support telework and IT security uniformly by validating all relevant policies against each other to make sure that the necessary and relevant guidance is uniform. This will reduce confusion during planning and implementation allowing for maximum participation in telework, ...more »
Scrap metal from projects are often disposed of in the trash or we have to pay a certified recycler to dispose of the unused metal which includes copper pipes and copper wiring. The agency has no way of selling the scrap metal because it is against Appropriations Law to generate an income without approval and a line item in the budget allowing the agency to keep the funds. If all agencies were able to sell their scrap ...more »
Each year for the first week of travel in October, Federal employees who utilize GovTrip are forced to go outside of GovTrip and complete a hard copy authorization which is much more time consuming than just going through GovTrip. Then, once the trip is complete, in order to do process the voucher, all the information must be entered into GovTrip. This is a duplication and waste of time, paper, and ink plus wear and ...more »
Metro and other buses should use smaller vehicles when it isn't rush hour. I hardly every see a bus that is full. What about using more mini buses? Even the Metro Access vehicles may be bigger than they need to be. You could make a study to determine how many riders you are averaging per bus per hour and downsize whenever possible.
Instead of minting as many new pennies, begin a gradual phase out of the penny as it costs more to mint than the coin is actually "worth". Take a clue from the UK and consider minting two cent pieces. This could reduce the cost per coin to mint, perhaps even to or below break even point. To make change of a dime, a two cent piece can be used to make change in even increments ($.02, $.04, $.06, $.08) as well as with ...more »
Thousands of dollars are spent on travel/per diem for TDY's rotating each WEEK in my SSC alone. Put more energy into hiring and TRAINING PERMANENT RESIDENTS rather than keep spending money on "rotators" that drive our vehicles to go to the store, collect per-diem, collect overtime because their rotation is nearing an end, collect travel comp-time EACH rotation, and waste money on hotels.
This week, notification was given that the training software system of the Agency would be shut down and any uncompleted training courses would be lost.
One new mandatory course takes 12 or more hours to complete. I lost about 8 hrs and must start over.
8 hrs multiplied by 3000 inspectors at this level is a serious resource and cost issue. A method to save/credit completed lessons could save $500K
A new blanket policy has been implemented that kills production and causes people to stop working on other things to wake up computers that have been locked up after 10 minuited of inactivity. This causes people to log into their machines 20-40 times each day wasting time and money. It also causes people to miss important e-mail, instant messaging, and calendar notifications. Eliminate the forced screen saver at 10 minutes ...more »
Every 56 days, we get a new set of Terminal Procedures, Airport/Facility Directories, and other documents. These take up more than three feet of shelf space, not to mention the postage and waste from disposing of the old ones. Why not send them out electronically? No one needs ALL of the information, and having any printouts come out of their budget would ensure that only those that were really needed were printed ...more »