Department of Commerce

Email Only! Handouts of Presentations

Every day government employees create engaging power point presentations, The common practice now is to print out enough handouts for all attendees. This is often binders full of reports, etc. I propose that the new "norm" consist of paper free presentations. If attendees would like to request the presentation, they can do so via email. Then the presentation can be emailed to them as a pdf that they can read on ...more »

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EXOP - Office of Management and Budget

Sell Old NGA Building in Bethesda MD

OMB needs to look at the old NGA building in Bethesda with an eye to sell it to the public. The building is useless for government operations as it is in a costly area, inaccessible to public transportation, costly to maintain, and outdated infrastructure. The site is prime real estate for commercial or private use and should bring a decent profit for the government.

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Environmental Protection Agency

eRent

Many agencies, including ours at EPA’s Region 9, have moved to digitize documents, making it possible to retrieve reports and forms online. During our internship this summer, we recognized a way to improve government efficiency while reducing waste: making electronic tablets available for rent or checkout at the agency library/communications center. We are cognizant that people will have different learning styles and ...more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Market Maker

Each department of every governmental agency has an expenditure budget dedicated to office supplies/items/furniture. The EPA’s Region 9 spends around $50,000 per year on office items. That’s approximately $500,000 for just the EPA on office supplies. During our summer internship, we sighted one way that federal dollars could be used more efficiently, support American companies, and spur the green economy: by leveraging ...more »

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Department of Energy

Feeding America

Consider use of required art funding to plant use and native plants along side federal highways, buildings, and infrastructure. It currently costs the federal governement millions of dollars to "beautify" federal infrastructure that has to be supported and maintained. Make the "beautification" come through art dollars to create renewable and edible landscaping. Local entities can utilize the fresh results to feed the ...more »

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Department of Energy

Powerful Savings: Laptops vice Desktops

Our nation should adapt an Energy Conservation Law such as Japan has done. Looking at the results of Fujitsu, this adjustment will help our nation financially. I recommend we at least give it a shot with one of the smaller branches such as (Coast Guard) to see if such change would benefit our nations needs. I feel if we were to convert our desktops to laptops and charge our laptops throughout the night and run our ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Sell Government Motor Vehicles (20 Years and Older)

The government wastes billions of dollars per year with under utilized vehicles depreciating in our government motor pools. Many vehicles aren't even used at all. The first place to tackle this problem is to identify the oldest and least used vehicles in the fleet. Any 1991 motor vehicle or older should be sold. The government would save millions of dollars in direct/indirect maintenance cost, reduce the government's ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Increase Efficiency; Reduce Waste; Protect Environment

I feel in this age of technology and emerging administrative and office functions we can reduce waste and become increasingly efficient without a huge monetary demand. I suggest that all Federal agencies revamp administrative and managerial practices to include Microsoft Sharepoint as the backbone for this efficient and cost effective and environmentally friendly initiative. The Microsoft Office Sharepoint intranet/internet ...more »

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Department of Justice

Reduce office waste materials

We use reams of paper every day to duplicate copies of information that can be found online and in files. We also use boxes of staples every week simply because we unstaple a document, COPY it, and then restaple both copies! Imagine if we filed the one copy electronically and paper filed it after ward. We would save $5 a box on staples and $50 a box on paper. The average office worker uses something like 10,000 sheets ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Solar Panels on Every Federal Building.

Solar Panels on Every Federal Building. This will save lots of money and can make money by sending extra power to power companies and they would have to pay the government. May allow for charging of electric cars at a fee basis. Vote for this idea show that people care about our environment. Thank you!!

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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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