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Department of Energy

Reaching out to the public using Webinars

Each year hundreds of public hearings are held to support public input on draft environmental impact statements (EIS) and environmental assessments (EA) Often the public cannot attend due to schedules and travel distance. An option that should be pursued for each public hearing is seeting up regional or national webinars so that the public can sign up and listen to the discussion and also provide their comments/input ...more »

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Disposal of Confidential Materials

At Department of Energy (DOE), we have to PURCHASE paper bags for a fee to elimate confidential paper waste. ALL WASTE must be delivered to the overflow rooms in the appropriate bags and MAY NOT exceed 10 pounds per bag. This is an added cost to the government which should be eliminated. Why produce paper bags, charge a fee and then burn the bags? Not only is this an added cost but time consuming for those who have ...more »

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Discontinue using paper plates and cups

Each agency should purchase sturdy plastic plates, glasses and cups instead of paper plates and cups. These should be dishwasher safe and sturdy enough to be used for several years. The cost of these utensils including dishwasher detergent would save a considerable amount of money each year.

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Telework

Encourage the use and maximize telework during the summer months, especially when code yellow, orange or red air quality days are predicted. This would serve to reduce electricity load from Federal facilities, subways, and reduce emissions from vehicles as well (even if the person only travels a short distance to a Park and Ride facility).

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LED lighting replacement in government buildings

Replace all lighting iwth LED lights where appropriate for the reduction of energy costs. Replacing incandescent bulbs with T4 lighting did not gain the level of savings required to equal the escalating cost of energy. The costs of the LED is going down, and this would result in a net decrease of energy use to the grid vice "maintaining" and slowing down the growth of power plants.

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FOA Review Time and Travel

FOA applications are typically reviewed by a merit review panel (non-Federal employees) then by a Federal panel. The merit reviewers all make comments and rank the applications, then meet to discuss their comments and come to a consensus score. The Federal panel does the same thing and often has to painstakingly review and edit the merit review panel results to resolve confusing or conflicting comments. This comment ...more »

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Hanford National Park

Currently, the assumption is that the Federal government will lose control over the site and that a future homesteader will drill a well down right through a waste site. This means cleanup of each and every speck of contamination radioactive or chemical to a considerable depth at huge cost. If the Federal government could maintain institutional control over the site, then there would be no one drilling or digging into ...more »

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Technical Matrix Support/Centers of Excellence

The Dept. of Energy has multiple sites that require unique and specialized technical requirements for expensive labor categories. Maintaining redundant capabilities at multiple sites is expensive. In addition, co-locating employees allows greater transference of experience and knowledge. Recommend conducting labor inventory to identify labor assets/utilization to consolidate assets at a single/or few location(s) to ...more »

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Travel Savings

Allow federal employees to use non-contract air carriers if a better price can be found. Also, government airline fares should be renegotiated to provide for a more competitive rate for government travelers. Government fares are usually much higher than commercial fares.

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Reduce janitorial services

Instead of paying janitors to pick up trash from offices daily and vacuum daily, switch to once or twice a week. Most people do not accumulate that much trash in their offices/workspace to require daily pickup. We restrict food trash to our lunchroom, and that trash continues to be picked up daily. Also, carpets do not get that dirty to require daily vacuuming, and excessive vacuuming wears out carpets sooner, requiring ...more »

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Allow for individual themostat controls

It is often FREEZING in the office when it is 100+ degrees in the summer! The office should allow for either individual temperature controls (or if that would cost too much), at least a much more responsive system that will allow for employee feedback on temperature.

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Routine Medical Test Reminders

Based on an employees age and sex have a reminder message print out on their pay statements which list the recommended routine medical tests they should have. Better yet have an email reminder sent to all employees when they reach a "certain" age or time of the year where a routine medical test is recommended. There will also be a note telling them to go thru their medical provider to schedule these tests. Routine ...more »

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