Department of the Interior

Enhancing Security: Protecting Children in Indian Country

The PAC Program is an innovative online approach to physical security that enables DOI’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (OHSES) to effectively pre-assess the security of federal facilities while reducing burden to the government, staff and tribal community. The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) oversees 6,953 facilities. Of these, 4,502 serve the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) including 187 schools ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Fair competition for/disclosure of costs of facilities in acquis

Many programs, especially major acquisitions require the winning contractor to provide “on site” facilities for the governments use, telephones, furniture, and etc. These facilities go beyond being for personnel doing direct onsite quality control or production, but often for those who staff of a program, provide support services, personnel services, and etc. Many times these ancillary personnel could perform these ...more »

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General Services Administration

Basic Security Charges from DHS/FPS

Federal tenants within GSA leased space (approximately 191,400,000 rsf) pay for police and emergency response through taxes as a part of their rent, but also pay a Basic Security Charge of .66 cents prsf to DHS/FPS, amounting to $126,324,000 a year. In such spaces the local police are the primary/first responders and as such the federal government should not be paying double. Eliminate this cost to tenants in leased ...more »

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Department of Agriculture

Reduce rent / lease fees by combining Federal facilities

Here in my community, we have Federal offices in several different areas of town - some downtown/midtown/north/south of town. The majority of these offices are rented/leased space. I would like to recommend that Federal services are consolidated into one federally owned facility. Currently there is one available with several offices open and sitting empty. Because 80% of the building is in use, these offices already ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Standard design/construction for most government facilities

Standardize design and construction for all new nonspecialized government facilities like franchises do (e.g., Home Depot, Taco Bell, Target, etc). Design small, medium, and large facility types as needed (like State Dept). Design facility types for various climate zones and material availability (like 1940s/50s U.S. military standard designs). Pre-design with LEED-compliant construction assemblies, components, details, ...more »

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Department of Defense

Burn trash to generate energy

Technologies exist and are in use today that allows facilities to use waste streams as a source of energy. Technologies like gasification and pyrolysis exist and are in use in places such as ships where trash disposal and power generation are challenges. These systems can be installed at government facilities to not only reduce the amount of waste that needs to be removed, but provide power to the facility.

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Department of Defense

facilities wasting utilities

Water faucets drip all day because they dont turn off and toilets are from the 70's and cant be conserving water. Lights & computers are left on all day and night. We should be good stewards installing solar panels & efficient facility upgrades to save for the future.

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Department of Defense

Express Acquisitions Reform

1. Eliminate superfluous manpower. A. Review internet history of all employees. Those with more than one-hour of personal website use per day are expendable and should be reviewed for dismissal. Military should be reassigned to an operational unit. B. Review frequent traveler miles/points accrued during business travel. Those with trends on a specific airline or hotel chain (particularly luxury chains) ...more »

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Department of Defense

Shared Source Selection Facilities

Organizations often need access to source selection facilities to conduct source selections in an area that is away from their original work spaces to protect competition information, proprietary information, etc. This can be costly for agencies because they have to do months of planning, outfit current space, move computers, set up servers separted from others, etc. Cities with multiple agencies/bases, should set up ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Reinstate Work Station Space Allowances in the CFR

Since the work station space allowances in 41 CFR 101-17.304 have been eliminated executive agencies have doubled the size of administrative office space, thus significantly increasing the amount that the Federal government spends on Office Space. There was a table that specified the amount of office space developed to house office elements of executive agencies. The Table was as follows: GS 1-6, 60 sq ft GS 7 -11 (non ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Make Better Use of HHS' Rented Space

HHS is renting space in Frederick, Maryland for its COOP (Continuity of Operations) emergency use. The warehouse, fully outfitted with special heavy duty IT systems capacity, desks, break rooms, telephones, laptops, changing rooms, bathroom facilities, etc, is enormous and EMPTY 99% of the time. We must be paying a lot for this overflow space which may never be used. Let's offer it as an alternate telecommuting and AWS ...more »

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Executive Office of the President

dress code appropriate for the weather/temperature

A majority of the energy cost in my home is due to heating in the winter and cooling in the summer. I would assume that a massive amount of federal money goes to heating and cooling office space. Current dress codes and customs suggest that a person should dress exactly the same in both winter and summer. This requires more heating/cooling costs for buildings as they try to reach 70 degrees for every work day. Instead, ...more »

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