Department of Defense

Conserve ink in PowerPoint printing

Employ a "printer-friendly" method for printing (Powerpoint) slides that minimizes the use of ink. The vivid colors that make a great on-screen presentation sap the resources of our ink cartridges and aren't necessary for hard copies of briefings. Similar to spell-check in Word, a simple feature could prompt for correction of ink-sapping features so the user could adjust the slide design for ink-conserving printing... more »

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General Services Administration

Printing

There are default fonts that use less paper and ink. there are also programs like "EcoFont" that print documents with holes in the letters. The holes are the size of pixels and are not noticeable to the naked eye but they are able to save on ink. These two ideas combined could save the GOV more than 50% on all printed documents, with savings in ink and paper. I have done estimates in my office and the pay back would... more »

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Department of Justice

Immigration Courts Should Take Notice of State Dept. Reports

Everyday, DHS and private-bar attorneys file State Dept.-published human rights reports (20-100 pages each) before 235 immigration judges in 59 courts nationwide. These reports are updated annually, and because immigration cases can last a matter of years, often these reports are filed multiple times for the same case. The immigration courts should take judicial notice of these reports, so that they do not have to be... more »

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Department of Energy

Electronic documents save money

Here at the Golden Field Office, we send grant documents to Intellectual Property in Chicago for every grant and modification that is completed. This results in anywhere from 20 to 60 pages being printed and shipped to Chicago. Instead of wasting paper, ink, and shipping costs (as well as the pollution byproducts), we should be able to send the digital files directly to Chicago via email or upload. This would have... more »

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Department of Defense

Utilize Two-sided Black and White Printing

Most offices are now equipped with printers that can print on both sides of the page. However, many people do not use this feature. I would implement a plan where the personnel responsible for IT maintenance in each organization set up default settings for printing preferences. All uses would use these settings, which would include printing two-sided and using black and white ink only. These settings could be overridden... more »

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Department of the Treasury

Ink Cartridge savings

I have a portable printer and I go through 10 cartridges per year. All of these cartridges are not given back for the refund that department stores offer. Making ink cartridges a refundable item would give the government 2 dollars per cartridge. Multiply that savings by the employees that are currently throwing them out and there could be savings in the millions of dollars. In addition, it benefits the environment and... more »

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Department of Commerce

$187,000,000 Per Year Saved! OPERATION FREEZE THE INK!

OPERATION FREEZE THE INK! 700 pounds and 10,000 pages is what the average worker will print in one year. A 25-30% reduction of printing by 50-60% of federal workers (1,500,000 FTE) would save $187 million in a year! It's not technology that holds us back, it's the will to use it. Implementing a printing cap would make government workers get creative in how a document is electronically delivered.

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