National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Limit NASA Sponsored Summits

NASA sponsors several summits that are not directly related to NASA's mission. For example, the NASA IT Summit. Although this summit may be useful to those in the IT community, NASA is not in the business of developing IT. If we are serious about saving money, then these types of activities that do not relate to NASA's core mission, should be canceled or held less frequently. Another alternative would be to hold on-line ...more »

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Department of Defense

Reward Organizational Thrift

On command-level annual personnel reports, include a line to document the percent spent compared to the prior commander. Use an entire line to document unusual circumstances such as major storm events which may necessate extra expenditure. Reward commanders who are thrifty (yet fully accomplish the mission) appropriately, such as by accelerating their career paths. Promote them faster than commanders who spend more ...more »

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Department of Commerce

Modernized NOAA Weather Radio

NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) is the government's primary method of broadcasting pubilc watches and warnings for dangerous weather conditions, potential disasters, etc. NWR is based on an aging and expensive network of transmitters across the U.S, yet only reaches 3-5% of U.S. population due to need for the public to buy specially-built receivers. Replace the aging NWR network with a modernized online version, which can ...more »

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Department of Agriculture

NO-MOVE: How I saved the federal government $70,000

Federal agencies need to start planning for a more decentralized work force. Part of this planning should be to carefully evaluate position descriptions with particular attention to job location. My employer recently changed my duty station, obligating $75,000 in relocation funds for me to move ~600 miles. I chose not to move my family or sell my house and instead rented an apartment near my new duty station. This decision ...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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