Department of Defense

Cut niceties

For example, a co-worker recommended we send out our organization's information, to the 140+ personnel who were coming to visit, in an electronic document. Our leadership didn't like that idea and instead we spent more than $2,000 on organizational binders, not including the man-hours that went into creating the binders. We shouldn’t be buying niceties when we are in debt, i.e., pretty pens with the government funds... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

ONE PHONE

Cell phones are good...they are being paid for only have one line per person. You do not need a land line and a cell line. Save our government money! Work smart!

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Department of Defense

Save--USAF Treat Non-classified Technical Orders (T.O.) Like AFI

Who would spend millions in man-hours to obtain mandatory guidance? Immediate attention is needed to review the way the Air Force looks at Technical Orders (T.O.)! One week class, CBT and hours plus more hours spent on setting up accounts plus creating an encrypted capable organizational email box? Time is money and this is defiantly a waste of money. Why??? Just to look at guidance (books) to do our job? Now they want... more »

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Department of Defense

Stop Waste Spending (Landscaping, Large TVs, Construction Projec

Spend money towards defense instead of no value added spending. Billions are being spent across government facilities on unnecessary landscaping, flat screen TV’s, construction projects, etc… Create a culture were saving money is a priority instead of spending. First, visit several governemt buildings and installations identifying wasteful spending habits (i.e. landscaping, large flat screen televisions, not needed computers,... more »

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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 Veterans Affairs

SAVE award, HBPC

As a homecare RN I have seen an abundance of waste on all sides of the spectrum from Govt, patient, and so on. The biggest way I think the government can SAVE is to revamp and reteach physicians, patients, nurses, pharmacists on medication ordering. As it is now in our system anyways:: Everytime a doctor updates a medication whether its a renewal, dosage change, etc the pharmacy automatically sends new medications. Now... more »

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Department of Justice

Converting Unused Sick Leave to Annual Leave

Federal employees should have the ability to convert unused sick leave accrual to annual leave. Employees should be mandated to carry a minimum balance of unused sick leave before they would be able to convert furture hours into annual leave. For instance: an employee must have 240 hours of accrued sick leave in order to convert future hours. Conversion could be a two hour or three hour of sick leave for one hour... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Phone Money for TDY

When on travel, one obtains five dollars a day for a max of $15 per week for "phone use." If an employee has a government-issued cell phone or blackberry, they would be unable to claim that phone travel expense. The government is already paying for one's phone/blackberry all year, why pay for "phone" when on travel? Of course if one could not get service or their cell/blackberry broke while on TDY and they had to pay... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Light bulb conversion - Coast Guard Cutters

I have over 2011 florescent light bulbs on my ship, the USCGC MELLON. Our data suggests that if we were to convert these lights from fluorescent lights to energy efficient light emitting diodes, we would "break even" in 16 months and save the Coast Guard 194,000 dollars over five years. If you translate that to the other 9 sister ships we have in this class alone, we would save 1.9 million dollars in fuel and power cost... more »

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Department of Justice

Conserve Power and water

In my ventures as a government employee I do see a lot of waste in electricity and water. I have noticed a sink in the bathroom of my office building that has run nonstop since I moved to this location a year and a half ago, if that was my sink at home I would have had a heart attack when I got my water bill, even after it has been reported to the building repair staff it goes unfixed, and we are asking the American people... more »

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Department of Justice

Reduce paper costs by going to electronic databases

The cost of paper can be reduced by going to an electronic database. Currently we print and reprint a database for distribution several times a month. This takes away several man hours and uses a lot of paper. This can be reduced if we go to a computer read only file. Most of the places our database goes to have computer access anyway. If we were to go to a computer read only file on the share drive we could have several... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Power-ful Waste!

Set up furnace boilers to incinerate the office waste including papers and then use steam turbines to generate Electricity. Waste incineration can be done at each Federal complex like it is already being done at hospitals. This becomes a local supply of electricity that is self contained (and thus ideally unaffected by power grid meltdowns, terrorism acts, storms and blackouts). The office buildings can use it for consumption... more »

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