Department of Defense

Put Solar on All Government Roofs when built or repaired

Roofing Projects for new government buildings and for Repairing existing government buildings is expensive, but it would Save a lot of money over time if we added Solar Panels at the same time as roof work is being contracted. The installation costs would be reduced greatly and the electrical savings would more than make up for the smaller construction cost over time and would lower our dependence on energy. It would... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Power-ful Waste!

Set up furnace boilers to incinerate the office waste including papers and then use steam turbines to generate Electricity. Waste incineration can be done at each Federal complex like it is already being done at hospitals. This becomes a local supply of electricity that is self contained (and thus ideally unaffected by power grid meltdowns, terrorism acts, storms and blackouts). The office buildings can use it for consumption... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Focus on technological tools to faciliate work

There are a number of technological advances that employees can benefit from including instant messaging, web meetings, etc. Many long-standing employees fear the change to a more virtual environment mostly due to lack of training, inadequate communication of the availability of the tools, and lack of support by senior management to implement the tools. We need to move away from old school thinking and adopt greener,... more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Reduce software expenses with open source software and standards

Currently, the U.S. government spends in excess of $1 billion annually to license software -- software that produces documents that are difficult to access after a few years because the new version of the software often doesn't work with the older documents. Since the document formats are proprietary, we have no way to access these documents other than by maintaining the unsupported older software. This has made transparency... more »

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Department of Transportation

Cross-Validate Telework and IT Policies

In my agency, and I presume others, the telework policy and the IT security policy directly contradict each other. DOT and other organizations need to support telework and IT security uniformly by validating all relevant policies against each other to make sure that the necessary and relevant guidance is uniform. This will reduce confusion during planning and implementation allowing for maximum participation in telework,... more »

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Department of Defense

A software closed loop user feedback process.

Make a policy or law requiring a closed loop user feedback process for new, current and future Government Information Systems (software). This would provide Lean Six Sigma quantifiable data for senior leader decision makers. Not what the vendors, contractors think. As software products are developed this will ensure the feedback is collected by a closed loop system to measure the usage, effectiveness and correct issues... more »

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Executive Office of the President

One pay system

I still don't understand why we have all these agencies, departments, divisions and we use many different tools to pay employees. I shudder to think about all the money that we waste upgrading all these systems individually when we could maintain one system for all employees. Sure it would take some time to build and of course money, but in the long run it would ensure a consistent experience for employees and ease... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Improve knowledge retention/management with technology

In my agency, we have annual "learning colleges" where colleagues present information on topics of interest to the agency. It would aid in knowledge retention and information transfer if ALL conference presentations were recorded and maintained by a designated entity within each agency. This would allow employees who are brought on staff after conferences occur to still benefit from the conference by viewing presentations... more »

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Department of Agriculture

Passwords: exchange the change for length and strength

Instead of changing the many passwords that we need to enter every 60 or 90 days, we should be allowed to choose one password to last indefinitely. Also, make stronger requirements for a long lasting password. Include letters, characters, and numbers, and make sure it is sufficiently long. It only takes five minutes to change a password, but with multiple passwords changing frequently, the time can add up. Also, time... more »

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Department of the Interior

Change Building Temperatures

Require warmer facility temperatures in summer and cooler facility temperatures in winter. Encourage people to dress appropriately for the season. Most facilities could change their temperatures a degree or two with little difference in occupant comfort. Over the entire federal government a huge cost savings can be recognized. Unoccupied spaces can be adjusted more significantly.

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Department of the Interior

Turn off computer monitors at night.

Turn off computer monitors at night. Computer monitors can always be turned off at night. Computer upgrades can occur with monitor screens switched off. Leaving computer monitors on at all times is a huge waste of energy and dollars. It is completely unneccessary!! Let's save those dollars! Let's save that energy! It will also cut our greenhouse gas emissions!

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Environmental Protection Agency

Bring back the punch clock!

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 »

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Department of Homeland Security

Develop Communications Guide

Each branch, department, and/or division should develop a "Communications Guide". The purpose of this guide is to assist internal staff and external partners in selecting and setting up the best communication tool available to both parties. The guide will provide step-by-step details on how to register for it, access the technology, use it, list equipment needed, and other applicable details. Examples of technologies... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Back to Technology Basics

All documentation within our systems should be electronic, as it allows us to better manage, organize, store, transport and replicate information. We will save a lot, by implementing this initiative completely. With the production of large amounts of documentation there is a lot of overhead. Agencies must supply not only the printers but all the parts to maintain them – along with service contracts and of course, paper.... more »

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Legislative Branch

Land Management Agencies - Recreation

Close half of the federal recreation sites - use funds to improve the remaining sites to provide substantial ammenities to the public, use more funds to provide better publications and web services. Make all federal passes available on-line at USGS Store (not just mail in for the Senior and Access passes). Mandate that all passes and permits be available from USGS Store (forest/park specific passes)- and only USGS... more »

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