Campaign: Department of Defense

STOP THE INSANITY! Why Throw Away $$$ Billions???

Why does a completely tax exempt organization voluntarily throw away billions of dollars by paying taxes on travel? I travel a lot for the Navy and detest that taxes for TDY travel expenses are charged to my government credit card. Though the Government Treasury will get the taxes back, for the Navy and the Program Office (PMA), those funds are lost. Those lost and unrecoverable funds, which can quickly add up to billions, ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Homeland Security

Mandate MegaCenter Alarm Monitoring for GSA Properties

There is an agreement between GSA and DHS regarding Federal alarm monitoring: if the property is a GSA space or lease, the alarm monitoring is complimentary. This is not common knowledge. As such, working at the Denver MegaCenter, one of four MegaCenters in America, we are routinely advising agencies that they do not need to pay for monitoring and maintenance through companies like ADT and Siemens because the alarm ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Commerce

Make GSA Green Vehicles Affordable

Despite presidential mandates to improve the sustainability of federal vehicle fleets, the cost of implementation is a major obstacle. To obtain vehicles like the Nissan Leaf or Chevy Volt, GSA charges agencies a substantial surcharge of $10,000 or more per vehicle in addition to the monthly lease cost. Furthermore, procuring and installing an electric vehicle charging station is equally as expensive – upwards of $15,000. ...more »

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Campaign: Environmental Protection Agency

Add less expensive, more ergonomic chairs to the allowable list

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 »

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Campaign: Department of Agriculture

Excess Government Vehicles, USDA, ARS

The USDA, Agriculture Research Service maintains a large fleet of vehicles which average less then 1,500 miles a year each. Recommend each ARS location that maintains more then 6 vehicles be required to consolidate their vehicle inventory so as to ensure vehicle usage averages at least 12,000 miles a year. Purchasing and having vehicles sit idle is a waste of limited government money. Vehicles that site idle also ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Veterans Affairs

Save $3.5 billion/year in Medication Error Costs

Patient have difficulty understanding, remembering, and following technical, confusing medication instructions, and so may miss, double up on, or otherwise miss-take medications. When patients fail to improve as expected, clinicians may unnecessarily increase, duplicate, or change medications. Resultant poor patient health and avoidable, prolonged, more complicated hospital admissions lead to poor health outcomes and ...more »

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Campaign: General Services Administration

Rethink how necessary the "best of the best" is for technology!

Laptop computers do not need replacement every two years. Extend one year, upgrade current laptops and save!

Our agency received new CISCO phones this year - $600 each. Right after, we were offered "soft phones", which are $5 for the software and $70 for a really nice headset.

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Campaign: General Services Administration

GSA Fleet above 25 mpg

Unless strict justification and need is demonstrated, only vehicles with at least 25 mpg should be allowed.

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Campaign: Department of Commerce

GSA vehicle lifetime

GSA vehicles are cycled for new when the mileage reaches around 60000. Given the improved reliability and high cost of new vehicles, the mileage should be increased to at least 100,000 miles before a new vehicle is ordered.

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Campaign: Corporation for National and Community Service

Self-insuring Airline Retail Sale Ticket Fund Saves Millions

Problem: While GSA’s government-wide travel policies permit Federal employees to take advantage of airlines’ retail sale prices, because the employee must assume risks of cancellation or change fees, employees rarely take advantage of sale ticket prices which are far below the refundable GSA City Pair program fare prices. While city pair fares save as much as 70 percent, that savings is measured against retail fully ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Commerce

open up grassy fields to exercise -- better health!!!

At the Suitland Federal Center, the grassy fields that could be used for exercise, walking, and sports are OFF LIMITS per GSA. There is no explanation as to why there are DO NOT WALK signs on the grassy fields. Employees are forced to jog and play sports in the harder to get to and less safe surrounding neighborhood, which takes more time away from exercise. Take the 'DO NOT WALK' signs off the fields and open them ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Defense

Reduce Off Post/Camp/Station Office Space

Nearly every town located near any post/camp/station/base has a large number of DoD offices located in civilian/GSA office space. Rather than paying rents for these properties, all DoD agency offices located within 30 miles of a post/camp/station/base should be required to re-locate to those locations. Not only would this reduce overhead costs for such off-post facilities, but the security posture of these organizations ...more »

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