Would recommend that as many federally owned structures as possible contain solar panel arrays. If not already underway as a recommendation by someone else, suggest that the requirement could be done by executive order. The first candidate could be property owned by the postal service which could reduce the cost of electricity supplied to Postal facilities.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
There are a number of transmission line easements that cross federally owned lands. Conceivably both solar panels and wind turbines could occupy these easements along with the transmission towers and generate electricity that would be carried by connections to one or more dedicated lines along the transmission pathway. This dedicated line would feed power transformers or substations and become a part of the electrical ...more »
What’s the value of one human life? What’s the cost of a career worth of training and education? What’s the cost of a government disability pension? We can’t afford to lose any of our most treasured assets – our hard working employees. Therefore, I purpose that we mandate that all government offices provide a hands-free device with every government issue cell phone and provide the appropriate training (including expectations ...more »
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 »
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 »