The federal rulemaking process requires regulatory agencies to hold meetings with the general public before completing a final rule. These hearings are typically held in the areas around the country that are most likely to be impacted by the proposed policy. The standard practice is to fly staff to each city and hold the meeting with the support of contractors. This “SAVE” idea proposal is to use more of the existing... more »
Environmental Protection Agency
Save $$$ on paper, equipment & supplies, and electricity! This would also Increase worker efficiency (today we have to print, sign, scan and then transmit contract actions)
Before software is developed in house, a cost benefit analysis should be required BEFORE new in house software is developed. In addition, if other similar software has been developed in house, these should be reviewed and evaluated by the people that would use them not the HQ IT personnel.
Install LED ligts both inside buildings as well as for street lantern and traffic lights on larger facilities. Both energy savings and life cycle analysis costs savings are significant. It also allows for intelligent lighting systems which shot down when use is not required.
Green government campuses in a variety of ways. In urban areas, paint roofs white to reduce electricity costs and heat island impact. Plant trees near the buildings and in parking lots to do the same. Plant wild flower meadows where there is now grass- no mowing, less energy use and maintenance. Plant gardens for cafeterias to use very locally grown vegetables - no transit costs.
SCAN AND STORE CERTAIN CONTRACTS DOCUMENTS - INSTEAD OF STORING PAPER FILES. Save precious facilities space by eliminating tons of paper files when possible, in Contracts. Setting aside the argument for a paperless contracting environment, in Contracts we are using a massive amount of storage space for unsuccessful offer document and legally closed out contract Files. Let’s start there and get those scanned and stored... more »
drop requirements for uniform national government ID card, drop requirements for security clearances for employees that do not work on national security issues; the federal government operated successfully and efficiently for years without both of these.
We in Chicago are fortunate to be surrounded by many Federal buildings housing many different agencies. We were able to participate in an office supply trade with other agencies in the area. It's amazing what supplies some agencies provide. It was like a shopping spree!! Items our office had no use for or things which we had in abundance, (tablets, pens, staplers, etc.) were brought to the "shopping" area and added... more »
Keeping track of the hours worked of millions of federal employees is an important job. Federal workers do not get paid automatically by salary, although many folks have rigged the electronic timesheet system that way. We can save our nation money by putting in an old fashioned honest day's work, day in and day out. But who is keeping track/ Who is watching? In certain branches a few supervisors are watching, but by and... more »
Many coworkers have the age for retirement and the years of service but the Human resorces laws do not provide a force retirement system when performance is deteriorating and productivity is limited. After certain years of service, there is no incentive to do more, learn more and be innovative. How many tax dollar are wasted in unnecessary positions? No one seems interested in matching FTE- salary and productivity. [... more »
Implement a federal low-security level cloud computing system for most agencies in order to eliminate the cost of purchasing software programs for employees and give each agency, office, or division the opportunity to purchase only the software it needs and will use. This would also eliminate the cost of numerous software upgrades, “backing up” files, security patches, external hard drives, etc.
When a federal agency is planning to have a national meeting, and employees would be travelling from many offices in the USA, to have the meeting at a location where the total passenger miles, or total travel cost, would be as minimum as possible. This would depend on the number of employees and distances from each point of origin. National meetings would then be taking place as near as possible to the calculated "central'... more »
The Superfund Records Center at the EPA currently requires paper copies to be submitted with a paper routing/approval system. The printed documents are then scanned into the electronic records system. So much time and money can be saved at the EPA by making this archaic process fully electronic as the original documents are already electronic and must be printed out along with an approval sheet that has to physically... more »
Stop the practice of paying 0.44 cents per postcard when it only costs 0.29 to mail. Change the postage meter based on mailings, not just one postage charge for all mailings.
A huge portion of our budget is spent on purchasing computers. These costs can be reduced significantly. Everyone in my office is issued a laptop that includes a DVD/CD-ROM and an 80 GB hard drive. DVD/CD-ROMs are rarely used, and the 80 GB capacity is much more than is necessary, especially since most of our files are available through shared drives. A significant amount of money could be saved if, instead of these... more »