Environmental Protection Agency

Kill Copier Energy Vampires

Simple mechanical 7-day timers can be installed on each printer/copier to turn the machines off at 7 pm, on at 7am, and off on the weekends. These devices are available for about $5 (or less) each retail, and are simple to program and install. Even though printer/copiers technically have "sleep" modes, they still use power in those modes, and the mode has to be properly set -- I have found the machines still at full ...more »

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Social Security Administration

Eliminate Retroactive SSI

We should not be giving retroactive needs based benefits. Logically it makes no sense to give retroactive benefits for a program that is intended to meet CURRENT and basic needs. In addition, we could save agency time and money by not having to conduct pre-effectuation reviews. It takes a lot of agency time and money to develop the income and resources and living arrangements for retroactive benefits. We have to control ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

VA Hospital Encounters

While working here at the VA, I am in charge of ensuring that the encounters for Patient billing are entered correctly for my department. Since taking over this task the number of errors being made by the staff in this department has drastically dropped because I created how to guides and done several different educational sessions with clinicians in our department. The VA has a vast problem with these encounters and ...more »

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Department of Defense

Tell Congress How We Really Feel-Show them the Savings

I suggest Congress be required to read every one of the comments in this Congress tagline so they can get an idea of how they are currently doing in the eyes of their constituents.

 

The next required reading should be the entire SAVE list of ideas so they can be shown where the money really is.

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Department of the Interior

Stop making so many laws.........

It is your rules that make unlawful beings. You would get along better if you would just trust each other to treat each other appropriately, but you don't. So you keep making laws — until you make criminals of everyone.

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Department of Homeland Security

Commericial shipping

As fuel costs continue to go up, the cost for shipping goods is increasing. I suggest establishing Government wide contracts that could provided suitable reduced cost shipping. For example, UPS has a account established for the Government that has the ability to save 50 - 80% over commercial shipping through UPS. Specific example a pallet weighing 350 lbs shipped from DC/MD/VA commercially through UPS to Miami FL, ...more »

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Department of the Treasury

Professional Athlete Pay

Professional Athlete Pay I agree to have my idea, not my name or information, posted online.: true If we could cut the amount of money we put into professional sports events and the amount of pay we give athletes to play. We could help the national debt and not have to worry about destroying the middle and lower class americans life. Community Member said: I agree they make too much but how could you make privately ...more »

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Financial Reform

Professional Athlete Pay

If we could cut the amount of money we put into professional sports events and the amount of pay we give athletes to play. We could help the national debt and not have to worry about destroying the middle and lower class americans life.

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Environmental Protection Agency

Market Maker

Each department of every governmental agency has an expenditure budget dedicated to office supplies/items/furniture. The EPA’s Region 9 spends around $50,000 per year on office items. That’s approximately $500,000 for just the EPA on office supplies. During our summer internship, we sighted one way that federal dollars could be used more efficiently, support American companies, and spur the green economy: by leveraging ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Govt Website of Colleges that offer free courses/degrees

Maybe the Department of Education can prepare a list of all colleges and universities statewide that offer free matriculated courses to residences of that state. These course can be used and/or substituted worldwide towards a degree program. The cost savings for parents will be enormous and the future generation should not have to be in debt for several thousands of dollars after graduation.

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Department of Homeland Security

Eliminate the National Debt

My idea is for the "powers that be" to develop the ability for any monies left in the budget at the end of the year to be applied directly to the National Debt. Meaning that a local office can press a button and the monies go directly to the National Debt, they are not funneled back to parent agencies where the monies will be spent so they don't loose out the following year. Additionally I would like to add that being ...more »

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Department of the Interior

Decrease File Folders and Storage Cost

Eliminate the need of multitude subject/case and file/folders codes, pertaining to the same project or contractor. Instead create one file for projects, contractors, etc, under one subject classification codes, consisting of all records related to project. This would cut spending cost on folders, shipping, and storage space at records centers.

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Legislative Branch

Local Agencies Access and Share Training

Create a website like this one where agencies can post available training that should permit any Federal employee to attend and/or access. Several Cybersecurity trainings are very expensive, yet different agencies provide the same training and bear individual costs of training. For example Houston, TX has several Federal Agencies and at least two Federal Buildings downtown. If agency heads would determine common areas ...more »

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