Department of Agriculture

POV and GOV Dilemma

Recognize that POV travel is less expensive than GOV travel, and reimburse appropriately. A new AAA study shows the cost to own and operate a sedan rose nearly 2 cents a mile to 58.5 cents per mile. As a high-mileage driver the government had been reimbursing me (to use my POV for government business) 19 cents per mile, which is down from the 28.5 cents per mile that was reimbursed in prior years (while actual costs have... more »

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Department of Agriculture

Send Training to Trainees, Not Vice Versa

I recently went to a training session at a cost of several thousand dollars per person, and the training was still in the development stages. I believe huge efficiencies and savings (both personal and monetarily) could have been realized if the quick reference guide, or DVD, or another method was simply sent to me with no personal travel involved. In this solitary case, millions of dollars could have been saved.

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Department of Agriculture

Volunteerism

All time spent by employees performing work-related activities that employers suffer or permit is work time, whether on premises or not and whether required or not -- according to the ruling of Permit to Suffer. This ruling should be relaxed so that an employee has the freedom to volunteer services to benefit the government and taxpayers in a variety of ways including driving without reimbursement.

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Department of Agriculture

Reduce Irrelevant Training! and get back to work.

We waste thousands of hours and dollars on training that is not relevant to the employee and not relevant to the program. Some of these classes are repeated over and over again, every year. Some examples of this are the Civil Rights and Internet Security classes. Having all employees take these classes every year is excessive and a waste of time. Other examples include ICS 100, ICS 700, ICS 800, HAZWOPER, and NARA... more »

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Social Security Administration

Combine Federal Data Centers into one Data Powerhouse

Combine all the federal agencies data under one roof. Build a data powerhouse a state-of-the-art facility that provides secure data processing services to federal agencies. The data powerhouse manages mainframe and server operations, monitors the wide area network and provides key service desk, technical support and disaster recovery services for many of the federal governments mission-critical applications. The Federal... more »

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Department of Commerce

Save on U.S Govt Vehicle Fuel Costs

The U.S. Govt has thousands of vehicles in use across the country. One cost-related item about using these vehicles is that the GSA credit cards do not work at lower cost fueling locations like Costco and a number of grocery retailers. It is not unusual to see fuel prices at these retailers 10 cents or more less per gallon than current GSA credit card retailers like major oil company outlets. This issue has bothered... more »

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Department of the Interior

Feral Hog problem in southern states

The feral hog populations in several southern states (Texas to Georgia) are not only destroying private farm land, create hazards for roadways, they are destroying pristine federal wildlife management areas. Often the US Fish and Wildlife will pay to have helicopter crews try to flush these feral hogs out of areas and then they will be euthanized. It seems that the government shouldn't have to pay anything to have these... more »

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Department of Defense

Stop Paying Twice for Windows

We buy computers from Dell. Each computer comes with a license from Microsoft. (Sticker with license key) We then buy an Enterprise license to install Windows (any version) on that computer. Dell sells computers without Windows. We can buy our computers without Microsoft licenses, and then install our Enterprise software. (Volume Licensing) We never use the preinstalled version, and we never use the license key we pay... more »

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Department of Agriculture

Reduce military spending

The most obvious large expenditure full of waste is the military. Any serious effort at reducing the federal budget deficit and finding ways to save money has to start with the military. If we quit fighting wars and closed military bases in other countries, we would save billions of dollars a year. Most of the other ideas about saving money are just nickles and dimes compared to military spending. If we're serious about... more »

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Department of the Interior

Make Save Award Pay for Itself

If 2,000,000 of the total number Federal Employees each spend two hours on the Save Award, then the total cost of the Save Award can be estimated based on an hourly rate. Estimating at a rate of $30 per hour, the total cost is $120,000,000. The Save Award must then save more than $120,000,000 in order to break even. By this estimate, savings greater than $120,000,000 must be generated in order for the Save Award to... more »

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Department of the Interior

Develop permanent electronic filing systems

Our efforts to reduce paper are hampered by shortcomings in electronic filing. Make electronic filing more secure and permanent. Keep electronic files up to date as computer programs change.

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Department of the Interior

Energy Audit Measures Could Save $5 billion

Energy Audits are complete for a large number of federal facilities. These energy audits produced numerous recommendations that can produce savings at a rapid rate. Some of these measures will pay for themselves in less than a year and begin saving money after that point and far into the future. All measures with a payback of less than five years should be implemented immediately. These energy savings measures will... more »

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