Department of Veterans Affairs

Combine Orders For Purchased Items To Reduce Vendor Costs

Expand the communication and coordination between all purchasing and contracting service groups from the various Government departments and agencies to negotiate lower vendor costs for items purchased. Have one purchasing individual from each department and agency meet together monthly to discuss and implement cost cutting strategies and techniques throughout the Government. By combining all the various departments ...more »

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General Services Administration

Centralize USG Procurement & Erase Unintentional Competition

We all know the USG’s Federal agencies, departments, bureaus, contractors etc. spend billions of dollars annually on the procurement of simple goods to run their offices and in-field operations. These are basic products (paper, pens, power cords, post-its etc.) which any entity - public or private - requires to conduct a successful business. The items are mostly small in per-unit-price, yet when extrapolated to support ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

TSA - Install gravity-power tray/bin returns at TSA checkpoints!

TSA should install gravity-powered tray/bin returns at its checkpoints. Gravity-powered tray/bin returns are used at most European airports. The devices are usually just a pair of sloped rails. When a passenger finishes their screening, he/she simply places the bins he/she used on these sloped rails. The empty bins then slide, via gravity, back to the unsecured side of the checkpoint. The empty bins are then utilized ...more »

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Department of State

NEGOTIATE VEHICLE OIL CHANGE FEE'S

We should stop paying approximately $30.00 - $50.00 for each government vehicle oil change for an estimated fleet of 600,000 vehicles government wide. Currently, we use hundreds of oil change facilities including national brands, car dealerships, etc. I recommend that we negotiate flat rate fee's for individual oil changes at 3-5 national brands and implement guidance for using these brands. If a designated brand ...more »

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Department of Agriculture

Lower Govt payments to the RHS Mortgage Interest Subsidy Program

Require the director of the Rural Housing Service mortgage program to refinance all subsidized mortgages so that the subsidized payment on interest can capture the current low interest rates in the housing market. The government's subsidy will be lower for many mortgages because of the current low interest rates in the housing market..

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Department of Agriculture

Stop unnecessary use of overnight & 2nd day mailings

There should be some sort of guidlines about what type of shipping is to be used when sending mail from one office to another within our agency or even outside the agency and I would suspect other agencies & departments. In the USFS many offices are just not in a "next day" location but yet we still utilize next day or express knowing it will take at least two days to get to it's destination. I can fully understand ...more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Rule Writers Rejoice: Streamlined Notice-and-Comment Rulemaking

The Problem: Responding to traditional notice-and-comment rulemaking required by the Administrative Procedure Act takes a substantial amount of effort for both the agency and submitters. For each rulemaking, the agency must address hundreds and sometimes thousands of comments submitted by the public to determine if the comment is substantive and whether the comment is the same or similar to that of other submissions. ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

SAVE AWARD implemented and administered at the Department level

Each department would be responsible for implementing an electronic “suggestion box” for their employees.

 

If employees can see and submit ideas online at their department web site throughout the year it would result in two positive developments: employees would contribute their ideas more often, and management of that department would less likely dismiss the suggestions of their employees.

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Department of Homeland Security

Allow Employee Teams to Submit Ideas…

Allow Employee Teams to Submit Idea.

 

Similar to employees pooling their dollars to buy a lottery ticket, employees could unleash the potentiality and the dynamic energy of the brain power of a group to generate viable ideas to: improving the quality of output at lower costs, simplifying processes to reduce administrative burden, or improving the speed of government operations to improve efficiency.

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Department of Homeland Security

Pay the SAVE Award Winner a percentage of the savings...

Pay the winner of the SAVE Award contest a percentage of the savings that their idea generates in improving the quality of government output at lower costs or efficiency. This financial incentive would launch the potentiality and the dynamic energy of the brain power of more than 2-million federal employees located around the world. What should be the amount of the financial incentive for an individual winner or group ...more »

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