Department of Veterans Affairs

Computerized Check-Ins for VA Patients

Veterans should be able to check themselves in for their medical appointments with a computerized system. All they would have to do is either slide their VA identification card through a slot or enter their patient information and the computer would confirm their appointment date and time and they can click a button to check-in. This would be similar to the idea of checking yourself in for your flight at the airport.... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Consider Podcasts Instead of National Conference Calls

Every year, agencies spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on national conference calls. This is especially true for agencies that provide training to stakeholders. In these cases, a call can last 2 hours with only a half an hour of that time allotted for Questions and Answers. The government should consider moving to a podcast format. This way, the speakers can record the calls on their own time, and those calls can... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Computer Platform and Software Standardization

In my organization, we use three different versions of Microsoft Office, Office 97, 2003, and 2007; and two different OS. We are in the process of deploying Office 2010/Win7, but only on select platforms because the other computers are too old to update. I spend countless-hours building spreadsheets, or editing documents that used on each system due to coding differences and capabilities. Then, when that system finally... more »

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Department of Defense

Telework Practices

As the Telework program expands, the government is not reducing the number of square feet it needs for office space. Teleworkers are teleworking an average of 2 to 3 days a week which leaves a large percentage of office space unoccupied and air conditioned, heated, and lighted. Infrastructure should be reduced; no more building should occur and work cubicles could be shared by employees on alternating days.

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Environmental Protection Agency

Consolidate Federal Chemical Hazard Assessment

I suggest a consolidation of chemical hazard assessment in a single forum to produce uniform Federal assessment documents on chemical hazards. Multiple agencies could then use this product in their specific risk assessment and risk management activities. While chemical “RISK” changes depending on use and exposure patterns, necessitating different approaches to assessing and managing risk as appropriate based on use and... more »

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Department of Energy

Convert Garage at North Forrestal Building Into Office Space

Convert the Forrestal garage into offices to add one entire floor to the North Forrestal building, Conversion demonstrates that the Secretary is serious about getting DOE employees out of cars and into public transportation. Conversion would allow many of the DOE L'Enfant Plaza Occupannts to return to the HQ building, Save fuel, save rent money, more effective operations with co-located emloyees.

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Legislative Branch

Physical Fitness Assesment for ALL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES

The Government workforce should set the example to the rest of the US population by eating healthy and exersizing 3 times a week (at minimum). An idea to begin this practice would be to enforce a Physical Fitness test for all Government employees similar to those in the armed forces. This would save miliions in medical expenses and would most likely reduce the large number of disability retirements that take place.

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Department of Agriculture

Change travel/TOS reimbursement rules

Long term details, TOS, etc have some silly outdated rules. Like travellers can only be reimbursed for moving or renting things....even when it is way cheaper to buy something. For example, 1 year detail rent of refridgerator was $90 per month, yet you can buy a brand new one for $300-$400, yet I was not allowed to buy one (and give it to the office, barracks, charity, etc at the end) but could only rent one. My suggestion... more »

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Department of Energy

Energy Solution

All over the us, there is weather, and not being put to use. The government owns millions of acres of land, and yet still pays for electricity. If they were to utilize their land with wind turbines, and solar panels, they could not only provide for the land they own, but possibly produce enough energy to sell back to the surrounding communities, and pay for other items the government needs without coming out of taxpayers... more »

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Department of Defense

Protect Employees, Improve Acqusition Law and Use Best Practice

For decades Legacy system integrators have failed numberous times to provide adequate capabilities to meet the needs of the DoD and other Federal Agencies as indicated by numnerous GAO reports. Yet we continue to use them. Through these failed strategies, the GAO has determined that the many capabilities cause significant cost overruns and are inadequate to meet the needs of today’s changing military mission and National... more »

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Department of the Treasury

Reduce Mail Waste

During the course of a Trust Fund Interview, we request Tax Returns from the Service Center. This is mainly so we can verify who is signing Returns. 1) We copy the return 2) Send the return back to service center How we can save - Scan Returns and send to Revenue Officers Estimated Costs $10 (Mail/UPS per return request) x 10 (requests per yr) x 5000 Revenue Officers $500,000 Estimated Savings (and I don't have... more »

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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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Department of Homeland Security

Fax machines are soo 1985

Axe the fax! Federal agencies have the ability to send and receive scanned documents via email through secure systems. Eliminate the use of the fax machine across the Federal Government! Doing so will erase all fax machine purchases and repair costs and reduce the amount agencies spend on toner, telephone lines, and long distance calls. Imagine the savings!

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