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 Defense

Plant Perennials Instead of Annuals on Military Installations

CURRENTLY: Maintenance of military installation grounds is necessary to keep up appearance and provide safe environment. Services performed under grounds maintenance contracts like cutting grass, caring for trees, flowers, and shrubs are VERY costly depending on installation size/population, climate, # of buildings, special events, political significance, etc. Most grounds maint contracts have allowances to buy new Annuals... more »

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Department of Defense

GSA Vehicle Service Agreement

As the number of GSA vehicles in our fleet grows, more and more time and fuel is spent shuttling these vehicles in town to an authorized service center for the most basic of needs. We are not according to contract authorized to use shop supplies, equipment, of facilities to do the simplest items of maintenance and upkeep. It seems counter productive when a vehicle needs a headlamp, windshield wiper blade, oil change,... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Quarterly Vehicle Inspections

We all know that government issued vehicles are a big expense in the government. However, they are a bigger expense then they need to be because of how poorly they are maintained, and that is largely because most government employees don't care for the government vehicles as they would their personal vehicles. This abuse destroys the vehicles in a shorter period of time. My suggestion is to have quarterly vehicle inspection... more »

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General Services Administration

Fleet Management

Currently GSA Fleet manages about half of the Governements vehicles. Make GSA a mandatory source for common vehicles ie, sedans, pickup trucks and vans. The reduction in staffing, maintenance cost and fleet operations would be outstanding.

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Department of Defense

Reduce Printing Through Visibility and Accountability

The US Government wastes millions of dollars on unnecessary printing by Federal employees. Not only are paper, toner, and printer maintenance expensive, but storage, destruction, and time searching through hard-copies costs money. We need to use the print servers to track and report usage by user/branch/department/command. By shining a light on current and historical usage, users will adjust their habits and save money.... more »

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United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Shut off escalators that are adjacent to elevators

All escalators that are next to elevators should be shut off to conserve operating energy and maintenance costs. People are able to walk up a flight of stairs. If there is an elevator close enough to accomodate people who can't use stairs, the escalator is redundant. The exercise will also improve people's health, saving on health insurance costs.

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Department of Homeland Security

Prisons

LABOR-Develop a reasonable labor requirement to cut cost the Govt, would otherwise spend on Fed employees, contractors, or private sector. Since they are receiving better healthcare than most, cable which some still can't afford, and exercise equipment which some can't afford or are to busy working to use, we might as well educate them and give them a skill so they may positively contribute to society. Maybe in the process... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Electronic ALMIS tablet

We spend hundred's of thousands of dollars each year printing out Asset Logistics Management Information system maintenance cards to review when completing maintenance we could save a good portion of that money by completing these cards electronically on a tablet type device and emailing them to summit instead of printing the card signing them and printing the again if there were any errors. It would not only save money... more »

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Department of the Interior

Reduce, Refine, Replace Mowing (The Mowing 3 Rs)

Challenge each agency to reexamine all areas currently being mowed and attempt to cut in half that wasteful activity. This will save on labor, equipment, fuel and maintenance costs while reducing air pollution and waste heat. Look for areas that can be mowed just once per year, perhaps at the end of the growing season and mulch the material in place to build up the soil and reduce transportation and landfill costs. Replace... more »

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