The process used in Region 4 for storing and sending required copies is expensive. Currently, in addition to the final hard copy of a letter or memo, a second copy of the letter is printed for a reading file, and additional hard copies are created for cc & bcc recipients. These cc and bcc copies are then mailed, often to recipients who could easily utilize an electronic copy. We could eliminate waste of trees, toner,... more »
Environmental Protection Agency
EPA rents office space (12 floors) in an expensive office building in lower Manhattan, NYC that houses about 75% of its regional staff. The rest of the staff are located in a large ex Army base in Edison, N.J. The Edison facility has emplty buildings and space for hundreds of NYC employees. Why not move those EPA regional employees who live in NJ and work on New Jeresy sites to the Edison facility? EPA could surrender... more »
A great deal of funds are spent on redundant activities, even within the same division of an agency. Various offices could each have separate twitter feeds to keep others updated on their activities and efforts. The use of social media would also unify agencies and enhance collaboration.
Like many agencies we have a warehouse of old and out of date IT hardware. Instead of being held in storage or landfill disposal, agencies should coordinate internally or if possible, throughout the federal government to collect and dispose of IT hardware using recycling centers that provide a cash value for recovered components. These centers protect and secure hardware, recycle plastic, and resell usable components... more »
After contract agreements to purchase federal automobiles, not including those needing quick acceleration or for security, electric and hybrid government vehicle should be purchased to reduce spending for gasoline. The hybrid vehicles should be those engineered to use battery power while in idle and at speeds up to 20 mph. This is a first step in removing some government dependency on gasoline. It should prove to show... more »
The OIG offices in EPA is renting about a dozen reserved parking spaces at Potomac Yard. I have never seen more than two of the spaces used. Unreserved spaces cost $115 a month. Reserved spaces are more expensive so this is a waste of over $1,000 a month.
Why are pharmacies labeling medications with their own expiration dates for prescription medications rather than using the expiration dates set by the manufacturer? Not standardizing the expiration dates increases the risk of setting expiration dates that are before or after the manufacturers. I have personally seen many instances where pharmacy's expiration dates are six months to a year BEFORE the manufacturer's expiration... more »
There are already a few ideas to consolidate regional offices, but I would like to encourage the EPA to move their regional offices and house them with state DEQ offices. I think would provide for increased opportunities for collaboration. Rather than housed in 1 office for 6 or 7 states, we could move the staff to several states, and support our state offices without increasing our budget and fixed costs.
In my office, new computer hardware sometimes sits in boxes for over a year before it is actually put into service. In the meantime, the hardware becomes less current, less valuable, and the warranties tick away. This wastes money. The government should make it a policy that newly purchased computer hardware should be put into service within 60 days of its purchase. If temporary IT workers must be hired to allow for... more »
My office recently upgraded office chairs, and gave us a list of alowable chairs from GSA. Many of the newer, more active chairs were not listed, so I purchased a yogaball chair online and had it shipped to my office. I love it, it keeps my posture in check and I feel way more productive and healthy. Best of all, instead of the $400-$500 cost of a nice, supportive chair from the GSA list, it was under $100 including shipping!... more »
We are not allowed to install free Google Earth, but must buy Google Earth Pro. Most users don't need the additional features, the free version has all they need (just need to view data, not make data). Having Google Earth on every PC would increase geospatial awareness and communication. It is easier to use and more reliable than any alternative. If every PC can have free Adobe Acrobat Reader, why not free Google... more »
I support teleworking. But I think we should be more creative with it. Our entire contracting offices should be allowed to telework from home 100% of the time. Or they should be allowed to share offices, and telework 3 days at home 1 week, and 2 days at home another week. This way you could half the amount of space that is required. Booze Allen and many other private businesses are moving in that direction to reduce... more »
Recently, EPA upgraded to Microsoft Office 2007 from Office 2003. While I'm glad we're no longer using Office 2003, we should have upgraded to the most recent version of Office available at the time of the upgrade, which was Office 2010. "Upgrading" to an already outdated software product will only cause EPA to have to upgrade Office again much sooner than we would have had we upgraded to the most recent version available.... more »
Idea: Federal Service Recruitment and Training Center (FSRTC) Date thought of: October 26, 2010 Concept: A single-source recruitment and training center, regionally located, that would screen and train Federal employee applicants and respond to staffing requests from all Federal organizations. Human Resources is found in every Agency and Department, why not consolidate? While one may apply for Federal positions on-online,... more »
I just got back from a conference where there were no business cards allowed-- all of the attendees carried "mingle sticks" that automatically transferred the information entered by the attendee. At the end of the conference, you jus downloaded the information and cold use it as a USB or at another conference. While the name is slightly off-putting, the idea is wonderful! Not many government employees have cards and how... more »