Department of Homeland Security

Eliminate Paper Towels

We waste SO much in paper towels. We have no other option for drying our hands. The waste bins are overflowing with paper and that is just the one bathroom, on one floor, in one building. Installation of hand dryers would save serious government resources and significantly lower the physical waste coming out of government facilities.

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Department of the Interior

Eliminate Mailing Downward Adjustment Self-Employer Notices

We receive very large volumes of the undeliverable Form SSA-L5114 “Notification of Downward Adjustment - Self Employment” notice. In 2010, we mailed approximately 217,000 of these notices and received about 119,000 notices back as undeliverable mail. Three different locations (mailrooms) handled these notices before the Program Expert in the Office of Central Operations received these undeliverable notices requiring... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Zero Tolerance for Fraud

The GAO estimates $17 BILLION dollars of improper Medicare payments each year. The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program pays out $4.6 BILLION in improper and fraudulent benefits annually. The Department of Veterans Affairs loses $800 MILLION annually on improper and fraudulent payments. And the FRAUD list goes on and on and on, totaling OVER $100 BILLION PER YEAR!!! 1ST...I suggest that we include the statement... more »

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Legislative Branch

Eliminate waste of time and resources

We need to move into the 21st century with forms and paperwork. The government has so many Standard Forms (SF) and many other types of paperwork that can be easily done electronically. 1 typical standard form, for example, is the SF-50 (request for leave). Why cant we just fill out the form online and submit it istead of filling out a physical form, stamping it and sending it up to headquarters, its and time consuming... more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Reduce supply and paper waste by charging for it

Paper and supply waste might be reduced by making each individual organization (i.e., the branch, department or section) responsible for paying for what they use. Awareness of these costs at the user level could make conservation a consideration. Additionally, it would allow these organizations to develop methods for reducing waste that will be successful in their particular work environment. For example, a small office... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Efficient Security Protocol saves $900 Million annually

Wasted productivity is a large but avoidable expense. Our current security systems serve a critical purpose, but could be more time efficient. This proposal would avoid losing more than $900 million annually of currently lost productivity while preserving security. Proposal: Create streamlined security software that allows one to stay signed in securely to the network and to password protected programs and avoid automatic... more »

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Department of Justice

Eliminate Elective Surgeries for Inmates

I have worked in the prison system for over 10 years and I have to question why we spend hundreds of thousands of dollars performing elective surgeries on inmates that have lived with their conditions for years. We could eliminate millions of dollars and cut significant government spending by screening inmates on their initial incarceration and documenting their existing medical conditions. Why is the government responsible... more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Arrange GS-5/6 Training around College Year

I have read a lot of posts that suggest eliminating the College intern program all together because College interns are lazy and useless. Having been a college intern myself I assure you, it is not that we are lazy or useless, but rather that we are treated as such. Every summer when college interns come to work, we are thrown into a corner somewhere, given mindlessly menial tasks to complete, never properly training,... more »

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Department of Defense

use rechargeble batteries to save millions (addbenefits in tags)

Excuse the abbreviations. In USN, we use nonrecharge batts. If we upgraded AA batts to rechargebale, the savings could be over a $1 million. Current batt cost as low as $.28/batt. Approx cost of recharge batt is about $4/batt. Assume = run time: -Discharge rate nonrecharge 7.8hrs(http://data.energizer.com/PDFs/EN91.pdf) -Discharge rate recharge 8.8hrs(http://data.energizer.com/PDFs/nh15-2000.pdf) The Energizer website... more »

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Department of Justice

Don’t allow inmates to control their cell lights.

Inmates have full control of their cell light. There are four fluorescent tube lights in each cell and the inmate leave them on all day. The inmates are locked down every night at 9:45pm. I say we shut their lights off at 10:00pm and don’t turn them back on until 6:00am. Place sensors in the cell so if there isn’t movement the lights turn off. I turn off some many light everyday in empty cells. We could even remove 2... more »

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Department of Defense

New Contracting Idea

Government Maintenance Contracts are usually awarded to large corporations. I propose the idea that you merge these contractors with an in-house work force. My idea is to NOT award to large contractors but to increase the in-house facility management and Performance Assessment employees to oversee a contractor that does Preventive Maintenance work only. Reward the contractor for exceptional Preventive Maintenance performance... more »

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Department of Defense

CMMI Unnecessary

My organization spends millions of dollars in order to obtain a level 5 CMMI rating. The focus is so much on being level 5 that obtaining and keeping that level is placed above our jobs. We have a process to ensure a process to ensure a process. As a government agency it is not necessary to have extreme processes in place for a mundane title. There is an office full of people whose jobs are just to maintain this title.... more »

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Department of Defense

Reduce Waste in USAF Space Operations

The USAF has the capability to safely and reliably automate much of its standard day-to-day space operations but chooses not to. More than 4 squadrons of active duty and reserve space operators currently exist at Schriever AFB, CO to fly the Nation's GPS, MILSATCOM, and other satellites. Within the MILSATCOM squadrons, the Command and Control System-Consolidated (CCS-C) system has the capability to automate routine... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

TSA cost savings

Per your request "If you see a way the government can do its job better, or do the same job for less money, I want to know about it. " The problem is with the different budgets at airports for full timers and part timers. The system is set up where paying full timers overtime rates still looks better on paper than paying part timers at straight time, this budget tracking is very disfunctional and wastes too much money.... more »

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