Make all printers to print double side by default. Also it would be great if after we hit the print option, the first window that comes up had the option of printing one side or double side. Right now to specify double or single side, you have to select print, then properties then the option that you want, then apply and then OK. This may be too much for people in a hurry; therefore placing this option in the first window ...more »
There is no incentive to share cars or hotel rooms when on government travel. How about returning 50% of the money saved to the travelers if two people share a car and/or a room while on travel? Such an incentive is needed for employees to take these actions, unless it is mandated by the government.
The idea of turning out the lights on vending machines has merit. There are automatic devices that will sense motion - The lack of motion will shutdown the machine lighting, as well as cycle the vending machine compressor to reduce energy use.
Following in the footsteps of SSA, there should be an elimination of mailed hard copy personal statements. If govt employees need to access their W2, TSP statements, etc., hard copies should not even be an option for govt workers. These statements should all be automatically sent electronically. I can't see any reason why a govt employee would need these mailed to them. This would be eco-friendly on top of saving ...more »
Put a small sign in Bold Red letters saying "Handicap Use Only: Save Energy:" above all automatic Handicap Door open buttons. Everywhere I go, I see people using the Handicap automatic door open button that are completely healthy. Across the government and across the country in all commercial buildings, this could save millions of dollars per year in electricity costs.
From what I understand each agency has an authorized amount for the spending budget each year, and the monies have to be used, for the catorgorized purpose, be it eletronices, staff support, etc. and each year all the amount needs to be spent for just that purpose, or the agency may not receive the same amount for the next year, with that being said, money is used on computers, and other office equipment, so that is shows ...more »
During every pay period, we have to hand-sign a hard copy of our timesheet. This is a waste of paper. When an employee logins into the HRMS system (using a password) and puts in his/her time, he/she abides by the time he/she puts in. When the branch chief/manager reviews and approves it, the branch chief should be able to approve it electronically instead of hand-sign a hardcopy of each employee's timesheet. If the ...more »
The amount of office supplies that are bought and wasted in the agency is sad. There is no control or audit as to why so many supplies are requested and hoarded by the staff either at their desks or who knows where else. We are no longer the land of plenty; we can no longer afford to keep living like there is a lot to go around. If we are wise at home about spending, let’s also learn to be wise about spending at work. ...more »
The current drug testing policy at my agency is expensive, wasteful and produces little benefit to the public for the cost of the tax dollars spent. I recommend the following. First, move away from a totally random test selection. Random means that one individual can be repeatedly tested over a 2 year period while other individuals are never selected during the same period. This methodology should be replaced by a ...more »
The Energy Information Institute estimates that 10% of average electric bill pays for are not being used, but that percentage could be higher if computers, laptops and other equipment are left on or in standby mode. A simple yet effective solution would be to replace current dumb power strips with smart power strips that can sense and auto shutoff when attached computers and devices are in off state. To implement this ...more »
NUREGs are documents that are already available in the Agency Document Management System (ADAMS) but are printed and distributed to Directors and Deputy Directors in all three Regions. These documents number in the hundreds of pages and each division receives 3 or 4 copies. When multiplying the number of copies times the number of divisions times the number of Regions, the duplicity of these documents is substantial. ...more »
Relocate government offices from DC area to lower cost of living areas. This reduces not only office leasing costs, but also employee cost of living expenses, commuting times and expenses. This concept is not limited to only NRC employees, but can be applied to any government employees that do not really need to be located in the DC area. For example, this was successfully applied to the State Department in Charleston, ...more »