Toilet seat covers are ineffective at their job at best. They are wasteful in terms of resources and money at worst. People often use more than one at a time, and toilets must be flushed more than once to dispose of them - adding to water and energy usage.
Environmental Protection Agency
If air travel arrangements could be arranged for government travelers without making air reservations through a negotiated contractor, and dealing directly with the airlines involved, I think a lot of money could be saved. The negotiated contractor charges the federal agency more money when changes have to be made in case the traveler can't travel at the last minute. Rather than paying a change fee to the contractor, ...more »
In R6 we burn 1000's of overhead lights on 8 floors that are totally unneeded because we have excellent lighting in the cubes under the overhead storage bins. This same situation probably exists in other Regions, HQ, & other agencies. Eliminating the use of all of this unneeded lighting would result in a very large saving in electricity & the money it costs, & result in a large saving of energy. A by-product of eliminating ...more »
The process used in Region 4 for storing and sending required copies is expensive. Currently, in addition to the final hard copy of a letter or memo, a second copy of the letter is printed for a reading file, and additional hard copies are created for cc & bcc recipients. These cc and bcc copies are then mailed, often to recipients who could easily utilize an electronic copy. We could eliminate waste of trees, toner, ...more »
EPA rents office space (12 floors) in an expensive office building in lower Manhattan, NYC that houses about 75% of its regional staff. The rest of the staff are located in a large ex Army base in Edison, N.J. The Edison facility has emplty buildings and space for hundreds of NYC employees. Why not move those EPA regional employees who live in NJ and work on New Jeresy sites to the Edison facility? EPA could surrender ...more »
A great deal of funds are spent on redundant activities, even within the same division of an agency. Various offices could each have separate twitter feeds to keep others updated on their activities and efforts. The use of social media would also unify agencies and enhance collaboration.
Like many agencies we have a warehouse of old and out of date IT hardware. Instead of being held in storage or landfill disposal, agencies should coordinate internally or if possible, throughout the federal government to collect and dispose of IT hardware using recycling centers that provide a cash value for recovered components. These centers protect and secure hardware, recycle plastic, and resell usable components ...more »
After contract agreements to purchase federal automobiles, not including those needing quick acceleration or for security, electric and hybrid government vehicle should be purchased to reduce spending for gasoline. The hybrid vehicles should be those engineered to use battery power while in idle and at speeds up to 20 mph. This is a first step in removing some government dependency on gasoline. It should prove to show ...more »
The OIG offices in EPA is renting about a dozen reserved parking spaces at Potomac Yard. I have never seen more than two of the spaces used. Unreserved spaces cost $115 a month. Reserved spaces are more expensive so this is a waste of over $1,000 a month.
Why are pharmacies labeling medications with their own expiration dates for prescription medications rather than using the expiration dates set by the manufacturer? Not standardizing the expiration dates increases the risk of setting expiration dates that are before or after the manufacturers. I have personally seen many instances where pharmacy's expiration dates are six months to a year BEFORE the manufacturer's expiration ...more »
There are already a few ideas to consolidate regional offices, but I would like to encourage the EPA to move their regional offices and house them with state DEQ offices. I think would provide for increased opportunities for collaboration. Rather than housed in 1 office for 6 or 7 states, we could move the staff to several states, and support our state offices without increasing our budget and fixed costs.
In my office, new computer hardware sometimes sits in boxes for over a year before it is actually put into service. In the meantime, the hardware becomes less current, less valuable, and the warranties tick away. This wastes money. The government should make it a policy that newly purchased computer hardware should be put into service within 60 days of its purchase. If temporary IT workers must be hired to allow for ...more »