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Eliminate Environmental Regulation Overlap

When a landowner or government agency wants to get a permit to dredge or fill a wetland, is it really necessary to have 4 or 5 government agencies review the project? I think a lot of times there is too much overlap in environmental regulation. The amount of government time spent reviewing the smaller scale impacts can be overwhelming and very costly when you consider the number of people involved in the permit review ...more »

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Instead of a forced 6% reduction in pay a voluntary 32 hour week

In California the State workers endured the now famous "furlogh Fridays". However, when they were no longer forced to do this, many workers found that they wanted to continue to do this. Instead of a punitive 6% reduction, let's offer this option of a 4 day work week to the Federal Employees. I think that the GS-11's and above would readily volunteer for this while a 6% forced paycut might be catastrophic for the GS-6's ...more »

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Save Water and Save a life!

RAIN BARRELS I work at Hoover Dam so water is very important to me. There has been an ongoing drought over the past decade and the southwest is going to run out of water sooner than later. We should have rain barrels or cisterns to collect the rain when it comes so infrequently to be used to water the lawn at our regional offices. Even Hoover Dam should do its part at conserving water. If the government leads people ...more »

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Encourage the Use of Webcasts for Meetings to Cut Travel Costs

In many cases, meetings take place that involve different agencies or field offices. If we encourage the use of webcasting for meetings we would save tax money by cutting back on printing costs, fuel, and employee time. Meeting materials would be sent via email before the meeting or shown in a presentation during the webcast. This would save dollars on printing materials to hand out in meetings. Also, by meeting through ...more »

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Let the light shine in!

LET THE LIGHT SHINE IN!

Like most government workers I spend my time behind my desk bathed in fluorescent light. I would propose the possibility of when light bulbs burn out that the replacement ones are a more user friendly color. Fluorescent lights are depressing because they have a cooler color temperature than the sun. Everyone is happier when bathed by the sun and not a fluorescent light!

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My computer is my friend!

If time is money than waiting for my computer to process information is costing the government tons of it. There are days when some of the essential programs on my computer run slowly. Sometimes so slowly that it takes half a minute for the system to complete its requested task. The software I am speaking about is called CARMA, but I am sure that because of the nature of computers this problem is government wide. I ...more »

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Trash and Janitorial

Although it's important to keep the buildings clean, one of the most expensive parts of the janitorial contracts involve emptying the trash cans. In a large Federal building this can be very time consuming and expensive. What if every day or even every other day workers at the end of the day were to bring their trash cans to one of the large trash cans the janitors use, placed in central locations? This would reduce ...more »

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Battery recycling

Although some battery recycling is done in various parts of Federal buildings, why not have a standard drop off in the lobbies for employees to also bring in batteries from home? The Federal buildings could empty those at the same time they do their regular battery recycle and thus encourage many who many be currently just throwing these away at home to bring them in.

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Create a program for volunteers for non-sensitive duties

There are many in the community, including retirees and out of work students, who would actually like to volunteer for various duties with the Government. Why not create a program that would streamline the process for these people to volunteer for non-sensitive work? Seniors would gain a sense of purpose and perhaps being back in the workforce again, and students who are out of work or even those not working, would ...more »

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Replace desktop printers/scanners with networked ones

So much money is spent on individual desktop printers and scanners, when it would be far more cost efficient to replace these with Networked printers/scanners per every so many users (10!). It might require people to walk a few meters to pick up their print jobs but it would be a huge cost savings

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Longer Email Retention through Personal Folders

Reclamation does not allow you to retain emails in the managed Outlook environment for longer than 120 days. I started working on a project and created a “Filed Email” folder in my Outlook for that particular project. I have done this in the past by using Personal folders or .pst files. I recently got a question about a project and when going back to my emails to get an answer, I found them all missing. I guess to ...more »

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Consolidation of Information Regarding Inventories - Reclamation

I believe each branch or facility dealing with water reclamation / generating electricity, and dams has a certain amount of items in inventory or that were specially ordered for that dam/project that are specific to water control, electricity, irrigation and maintanance. Because each facility does not have the ability to access each others information on what they have in their particular inventory, many items are being ...more »

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Automated Performance Appraisal System

DOI currently uses a paper based performance appraisal system. With approximately 10 pages for each employee 3 times per year (initial, mid-year and final) which generates up to 30 pages per employee annually, times 70,000 DOI employees, there is a potential to save approximately 2,100,000 pieces of paper each year by going paperless. Automated systems are readily available within government and are also commonly used ...more »

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Stop early timecard submittal requirements

We are constantly required to submit our timecards to "Quicktime" (an oxymoron itself) early Friday, sometimes Thursday when pay period ends Saturday. This makes anticipating credit/comp hours used or earned a guessing game, and often requires timecard corrections after the pay period. Simply requiring timecards to be completed Monday AM (or to be completed in the last 15 min or your bi-weekly pay period) would mean ...more »

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