I think that it's time that nearly all of our performance appraisal process can be channeled electronically. This includes the many drafts and copies of the annual performance appraisals and the multitude of copies of the Elements and Standards. By cutting down on the printing of these documents several times every year, we can save more than a few trees and reduce our waste processing fees (a high percentage of those ...more »
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Performance that gets recognized gets repeated. Good performance that gets ignored becomes extinct. Create dynamos not dinosaurs! Thus, we should continue to endeavor to recognize our top performers throughout government. However, in this electronic age, do we really need to continue to print all those various award and training certificates? This would also free us from the financial burden of providing the associated ...more »
My government agency requires employees to take many training classes. In my case, approximately 16 required classes are offered only in the Washington, D.C. area (headquarters), but not in the Regional Offices. If these classes were offered via VTC, the saving to the government would total several thousand dollars per employee One class/trip to Washington, D.C. costs approximately $1,000. If that cost is multiplied ...more »
Get rid of paper concurrence packages for all non-classified materials. Convert the concurrence process into an electronic process. This will reduce costs (paper), contribute to environmental conservation (kill fewer trees), and increase work efficiency (people can still concur while on travel or teleworking instead of packages sitting on office desks awaiting their return).
If the government used LESS lights, they could save MORE money: It has never ceased to amaze me at the amount of lights that are left on in government buildings when nobody is around. Employees who have their own offices should turn their lights off when they leave the building. Or, the cleaning crew could turn them off when done cleaning. Also, I often see secretaries turn on their boss's lights for them in the morning ...more »
Employees take different days of the week or month to work at home or go on leave. If we federal workers all coordinated and all took the same day away from the office, the government could save a lot.
Many agencies and departments are likely leasing space in expensive office buildings. By achieving a higher proportion of employees who can either telework full time or work from their homes two or more days per week, the government can reduce the square footage of leased office space by having employees "time-share" multi-use offices when they do have to come into the office. This would be a "win-win" work-life situation ...more »
Abolish pension offset waivers for rehired annuitants.
As a long time federal employee I have done my fair share of travel. As a result I have noticed that administrative costs have kept going up. To reduce these costs I recommend doing away with having to justify Perdiem costs for meals and incidentals (other cost would still need to be listed). All federal employees are authorized a fixed perdiem based upon location. As such why is it necessary to justify meal and hotel ...more »
I believe the government could save quite a bit of money if they stop using Contractor Administrative Assistants/Secretaries. I've spent many years working in the private sector where administrative assistants/secretaries each work for several people. It seems that many Administrative Assistants/Secretaries working in Federal Agencies are not working to their full capacity. There are many who, in my opinion, do not ...more »
Eliminate Unnecessary Training. No one disputes the importance of technical, job-related training-if anything, we need more of that. But why are we asked to take 40 hours of acquisition training per 2 years to remain "certified" as a FAC-COTR? This training is not only expensive but a diversion from our assigned duties. As an agency, we already had an effective COTR training program that required only a 3-hr refreshers ...more »
OMB should approve governmentwide contracts (GWAC) and mandate their use by all federal agencies. Agencies would be prohibited from awarding new IDIQs that perform similar services. The benefits and cost savings from reduced duplication of effort could be enormous due to reduced staff time and could improve the pricing and effectiveness of approved GWAC vehicles.
T&A is completed online, request for leave is completed but submited via papercopy. Entire process should be automated, no paper copies, no paper timecard printed for signature. Process should be automated for individual offices so leave requests are recorded on automated calendar for quick reference. Reduction of printed copies will safe cost in paper, printer and ink. Time saving automating the process, on-line approvals, ...more »
Allow staff to agree to share offices/cubicles in exchange for teleworking 50% of the time. Not only will that reduce office expenses, it will allow better rested staff to perform better work instead of always arriving exhausted from a long commute. For our agency, it may even allow for subletting certain floors of our new building (3WFN) to the private sector.
Resident inspectors at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission are required to move at least every 7 years (that is at least 210 people moving every 2-7 yrs). A large fee is paid to a relocation company (over $100,000) to handle all the house paperwork/moving expenses/house hunting etc for each move. Set up an automated website like eTravel for relocation and let the individuals organize this themselves through cheaper companies ...more »