Challenge each agency to reexamine all areas currently being mowed and attempt to cut in half that wasteful activity. This will save on labor, equipment, fuel and maintenance costs while reducing air pollution and waste heat. Look for areas that can be mowed just once per year, perhaps at the end of the growing season and mulch the material in place to build up the soil and reduce transportation and landfill costs. Replace... more »
Department of the Interior
The Human Resources shared service centers, should stop printing and mailing Leave and earnings statements. This could save all government agencies more than 5,000,000. (500,000 times the number of shared service providers 5).
The Leave and Earnings statements could be pulled down by the employee every pay period that they wanted them.
A simple green idea that could save millions
Educate travlers and hotels on federal hotel rates and tax exemption. When I present my government card, with the tax execemption number, hotels try to charge me the maximum government rate, even though the normal rate may be lower. They think it is an entitlement not a maximum. Takes a lot to convince them otherwise, leading me to believe a great deal of federal employees may accept the federal rate and thus overpay.... more »
We need to put an end to meetings that last a few minutes or that last a few hours. We have a thing called email, let's use it and stop wasting everyone's time.
It's especially annoying when a meeting is held and nothing is really accomplished; either someone's ego was stroked or the words didn't stick.
Consider replacement of older computers and/or servers at time of failure, instead of a set 3-, 4- or 5-year schedule. Have a certain amount of replacement computers on hand (to be determined by failure rate analysis in the industry). When failures are greater than the initial assumed rate, which depletes the number of machines in local inventory, have a supply chain in place that can deliver within, say, 24 hours.... more »
Upper management Federal employees, Senior Executive Service, and congressional staff receive bonuses based on a percentage of their salary. This should be eliminated.
We should pass a law to stop printing W-2s and have them available electronically. If employees or agencies really need them we should charge a fee, except in the cases of handicap or extreme exception.
Reactivate the "Fiddlin' Foresters"! If there's anything we need more of in these depressing times, it's a little music. To single out a single Web site as a "poster child" example of government waste not only was demoralizing, it was simply wrong. Let's focus on the big issues. The little ones will take care of themselves.
It should be obvious to everyone that renting a U-Haul and moving yourself is a much cheaper option than spending enormous amounts of money to have professional moving companies move household goods when federal employees transfer to a new duty station. The governemnt should offer to cover the costs associated with moving your possesions yourself along with a cash incentive for doing so. The self moving costs even with... more »
Save money and improve efficiency of government spending by improving the energy efficiency of federal government buildings and leased federal properties. Not only does this save on spending to run and operate federal offices and other buildings, but it sets the appropriate example for decreasing the environmental footprint by federal agencies. There are numerous things that can be implemented, but one easy one is to... more »
Increase the federal micro purchase threshold to $10,000.
All IT projects should investigate opensource software first, before purchasing software. All projects should be encourage to use opensource before purchasing software.
I believe we can automate and centralize the government's process of "negotitating" indirect cost rate agreements with state, local & tribal governments and for-profit/non-profit organizations. The government does not need highly compensated auditors to perform this function and if the process can be integrated into an electronic environment, this would elimate the cost of office space, utilities and supplies (which for... more »
The government is wasting money paying sky-high fees on airline tickets to send employees to a 2-5 day training/seminar. On top of that, the government is also paying for lodging, per diem, and other unnecessary expenses. Instead, the government should incorporate the use of technology to provide training and hold conferences through platforms such as Skype. This will eliminate fees and expenses associated with booking... more »