Sir: In my organization, we travel from one military post to another, searching for training areas for our agents to conduct vital sustainment training in order to accomplish real world missions. As a Training specialist, it would be much more productive and cost effective to purchase our own World Class Combat Training Range Complex Area, then run this training area ourselves. Just like our miltary posts. Rather than... more »
Department of Energy
The Golden Field Office primarily uses paper and disposable products in each of their kitchens. Most of these paper products are used only one time, and then discarded. With over 8 kitchens across 3 buildings and multiple floors, the monthly cost of purchasing and disposing of paper products adds up in the budget and in landfills. I propose making a one-time purchase of non-disposable cups, plates, bowls, silverware,... more »
The Dept. of Energy does $3B worth of work for other agencies, annually, on a reimbursable basis. This work enables access to DOE's strategic national labs, which are known as the "crown jewels" of America. Research at these labs leads to scientific breakthroughs and support national defense, as well as international competitiveness. Problem: Contracting officers at DOE state that an unnecessary and inordinate amount... more »
Disable employee's ability to set their default printer to a dedicated color printer. Color printer ink is expensive, and should be used sparingly. Default printers should only be permitted to be set to black/white or high capacity printers.
We should all think before we print at all, let alone in color.
provide servicable equipment (ie weapons and components) that are going to be upgraded or exchanged for newer equipment to Local and State Agencies at a discounted price or for free. Then use that money to help pay for new equipment.
The Federal Acquisition Regulation was developed in 1983 with the intent of providing "uniform policies and procedures for acquisitions by executive agencies of the federal government." The regulations are thorough and enable the government to effectively and efficiently do business. They should be utilized. The DOE Golden has implemented a process whereby the Cost/Price group applies the principles outlined in the... more »
Our building is over-lit. I suggest checking the level of light in public and private spaces and reducing it to the level considered adequate for office work or for safely transiting corridors in office buildings. Also, lavatories and other areas that are used only periodically should have motion-activated ights. The Department of Energy should lead the federal government in reducing its energy use.
The current method for issuing Subsidy For Energy Employee Transit (SEET) benefits requires a pass through the US Department of Transportation. If you ride a mass transit system such as a bus or train, there is an additional hurdle which takes you through the Washington Area Mass Transit Authroity and Commuter Direct. There are multiple opportunities for data entry errors and miscommunication of information. By cutting... more »
Allow Government workers to work from home using the technology MobiKEY. Do away with most of the blackberry's for employees that are not management and/or key employees. Allow workers to work from their homes ast least one or two days a week and on days that are not weather permitting to come to work. Doing away with blackberry's and cell phones will save money and having workers work from home on their own p/c's... more »
Computerized printing of work-in-progress documents utilizing single-sided one page per sheet format wastes tremendous amounts of paper. All but camera-ready (final version) printouts of work in progress will be mandated double-sided two pages per sheet printing which would save vast quantities of paper and thus result in savings to the Government. This mandate would be applicable to all Government agencies across... more »
make this a requirement for all federal agencies, where machines not able to do, purchase new energy star rated machines -- well worth the cost.
Depending on agency/contractor agreements, this suggestion could be applicable to all government agencies. The Department of Energy develops and issues orders, notices, guides, and manuals to identify and implement external and internal laws, regulations, and requirements. The majority contain a Contractor Requirements Document (CRD) to identify what requirements are applicable to site/laboratory/field managing and operating... more »
Because the Department of Energy has two head headquarters locations many managers have a second "office of convenience," many of which are seldom used. Suggest establishing a Suite of Convenience for managers in GTN and FORS buidlings with available offices and a person to provide adminstrative support. This will consolidate offices of convenience and reduce the footprint.
Throughout the year, many professionals and other project personnel utilize personal organizers (DayPlanner (TM)) type products. Of note is that many of the pages of the calendars, planning sheets and budgets are not used either because they fall on non-work days or information was simply not written on them. As a result, there is a lot of "blank" paper that could be better utilized for note taking, telephone records,... more »
Most federal agencies have soda machines which sell a variety of drinks in aluminum cans which we throw away. If each federal agency set up recycle bins for our aluminum and sold it as scarp medal; it would create an income that could be used to benefit employees at each federal agency and impact our available natural resource of aluminum. Let's not burn or put aluminum in a landfill and then we would not have to buy... more »