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Stop paying GI Bill Benefits for Employer Compensated OJT

I worked in the nuclear industry - a highly technical and well compensated field. Many operators are ex- Navy nukes with GI Bill benefits. Qualifications and license classes are fully compensated by the utlities, so why are these guys allowed to recieve GI BIll benfits on top of their normal pay? These guys are already making good money during this "OJT." This could easily save the VA millions.

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Save Fed Govt between $173M and $598M in the next 12 months?

PROPOSAL: To save the Federal Government somewhere between $173,000,000 and $598,000,000 (OR MORE) over the next 12 months… by reducing the amount of copier/printer paper consumed and therefore the equivalent: (1) budget expenditure; and (2) paper (i.e. natural resources) wasted. HYPOTHESIS: Relatively large savings to the budget could be realized by imposing four simple practices on Executive Branch employees: 1. ...more »

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Consolidate Electronic Journal Subscriptions

Government agencies subscribe to hundreds (maybe thousands) of electronic journals (e.g. physical sciences, economics and business, law, military, medicine, art, social sciences, etc.). As far as I know, there has been no attempt to consolidate these subscriptions. Instead, each agency does this on its own. The result is that the federal government pays for multiple subscriptions to the same electronic journal (at ...more »

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Consolidate Software Licenses

Every year individual offices spend a lot of money on buying software licenses without means of tracking the overall inventory. Multiple licenses are purchased and due to retirements, rotations, relocations, software gets over purchased. All software should be maintained the same way hardware is inventoried kept up to date.

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Automatic flush toilets

Automatic flush toilets have recently been installed in the government office where I work. These fixtures are equipped with two methods of flush control: a laser motion sensor triggered by movement within a certain range, and a secondary manual control. The manual functions with options both to flush using less water and for full flushes. The motion sensor arrangement, frequently flushes both while the stall is occupied ...more »

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Airline Tickets

The government can save significant funds by purchasing normal, non-refundable airline tickets. Presently, fully refundable and changeable tickets are purchased at premium prices in order to allow for full refund and/or easy changes. However, these tickets may be 3-4 times more expensive than the same non-refundable ticket. Some airlines merely charge a nominal fee ($100 perhaps) for cancelling tickets and issue a ...more »

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Multiple Cost Saving Ideas

Shut off every other light that you can get away with. Same with elevators, escalators, etc. Shut off computers at night. Close blinds wherever there is direct sunlight coming in during the warm months. Open blinds wherever there is direct sunlight coming in during the cold months. Offer 32-hour work weeks and the associated salary cuts; some people would love to work less and can adjust personal spending to make ...more »

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Use of digital tablets in meetings to save paper

We should take advantage of technology wherever possible and when cost effective. Assessing the capabilities of digital tablets, whether a 10 or 7 inch model, their use could benefit the federal workforce as substitutes for paper documents in meetings, small conference sessions and group discussions, where copies of presentations or discussion documents are handed out, or required to be brought to the meeting. I believe ...more »

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Use of digital tablets for small group meetings

We should take advantage of technology wherever possible and when cost effective. Assessing the capabilities of digital tablets, whether a 10 or 7 inch model, their use could benefit the federal workforce as substitutes for paper documents in meetings, small conference sessions and group discussions, where copies of presentations or discussion documents are handed out, or required to be brought to the meeting. I believe ...more »

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Bundle teleconferencing capability with deployment of Windows 7

Teleconferencing is employed intermittently throughout the Federal Government. It should be as easy to use in one to one communications as is the telephone or in group activity without the necessity to going to specific locations with dedicated and unmovable teleconferencing equipment. I would recommend that with the deployment of Windows 7 Professional, that webcam conferencing be built into the deployment strategy ...more »

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Make training of federal employees part of contract for contract

Government contractors are certainly needed in various aspects of government operations. However, in many cases the contractor with the expertise could also train federal employees to do the same operations. I suggest making training of the federal employee a contractual requirement as part of onsite contracts and target underutilized employees to benefit from the training. The goal overtime would be to discontinue ...more »

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Earning money for the Postal Service

One of the ways to save money for the postal service would be, provided statutory and regulatory requirements are not violated, to allow commercial advertisement on its website. With respect to some commercial products such as electronics, a user of the USPS website may consider the rates provided on the USPS site competitive or less than UPS or FedEx and select USPS instead, as an option that would not have been considered ...more »

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