Environmental Protection Agency

Estabish a List of Government-Owned Meeting Rooms

In virtually every major city in the U.S., the Federal government owns or leases office space. Within that office space are meeting and conference rooms. Thus, the Federal government owns or leases meeting space in nearly every major city in the U.S. Frequently Agencies, such as EPA, will hold meetings with various entities. Those etities include the public, businesses, state agencies, etc. The meetings are most... more »

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Department of Defense

Mandatory VTC

In the DC area (and other urban areas with many nearby DoD facilities, like South Korea and Germany), make it mandatory to VTC any meetings that are administrative or recurring in nature. My former job had weekly staff meetings at the Pentagon, but many of our senior leaders worked in Fairfax, VA. Each week, "the boss" wanted to see the senior/division heads in person. He said "virtual presence is as good as actual... more »

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Social Security Administration

Fewer Meetings at Headquarters

Estimate the cost in hourly wages of all meetings at Woodlawn in one month and then reduce it by 50%. Much of Woodlawn's staff runs from one meeting to another and often work is displaced or massively delayed because of meeting overruns or delays in scheduling. Many meetings happen without action items and lead to more meetings. Some parts of the private sector consider meetings an expense to be minimized and this practice... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Meetings without Chairs

Meetings. Most governmental employees cringe when they hear that they have to attend a meeting. The average person in my 550 person unit has at least 2 meetings every week. That is more than 55,000 hours spent each year in meetings at my small unit alone. I would like to make a few suggestions that would decrease an employees time spent in meetings. The first idea that I have seen in the civialian sector is to take... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Reduce administrative obstacles for organizing meeting

To facilitate setting up inter-agency meetings, open up access to outlook calendars for all federal employees. I work at NIH but I work closely with many other federal agencies both within and outside of HHS. Every time we need to organize a phone call or a meeting we need to set up a doodle poll to find a time when everyone is available (I can access the outlook calendars of others at NIH but I can't for those outside... more »

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Legislative Branch

Fewer Meetings

How much time do well paid executives spend sitting in meetings? Have you ever considered how much a single meeting can cost in salaries? In the age of technology there are a lot of time and travel saving ways of sharing ideas. Wikis and other collaborative software are a great ways to share ideas with colleagues without needing to take a lot of time for everyone to meet. Government IT departments often restrict or... more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Cut Gov't Travel Budgets - Too many free vacations!

I know folks like to travel - but - in the Federal Gov't folks travel "just because they can" and the money is there - many trips are unnecessary to complete the mission. Extra "offsite" meetings at resorts, shopping for conferences just to go to a fun city for a week, travelling 3000 miles for a 2 hour meeting, all that is nice - but it's paid by taxpayer money and in this time of need that's where there is a lot of... more »

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