Department of Defense

Eliminate waste in NEPA process

Leverage XML or (at the lowest end of the technology challenges) MS Word to develop building blocks of content.

 

Use and recycle building block content across multiple projects and multiple documents.

 

Manage comment periods more efficiently by using tagging/metadata for data mining opportunities.

 

All of the above also promotes a paperless process.

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Department of Energy

Eliminate Preparation of a Quarterly Publication

DOE prepares and issues a Quarterly Lessons Learned NEPA Compliance Publication. This started in the 1990s and the goal was to make NEPA quicker and cheaper and provide stats about how long NEPA documents took, what they cost, and provide feedback on what people did to acheive or not acheive those goals. Now this publication has evolved into a "feel good" bit of fluff with little kernals of information on the back three ...more »

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Department of Defense

High Effiency Hand Dryers

High Efficiency hand dryers should be required by all federal agencies in order to save significant amounts of money on janitorial services contracts as well as maintain compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. The use of automatic hand dryers can significantly reduce the amount of paper towels used in public restrooms, which can lead to significant reductions in operating cost, waste, and the overall impact ...more »

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Department of Energy

Use Ideascale for the NEPA Scoping Process

“Scoping” a proposed federal action in NEPA consists of notifying the impacted community and soliciting their input on which resource areas (i.e water resources, air quality, etc.) the agency should focus their analysis on. Generally this is done by sending out emails/postcards/letters to a pre-determined distribution list and asking for their direct responses. The process as it exists detracts from the idea of a community; ...more »

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Department of Agriculture

Website Consolidation and Reorganization

I submitted this as an idea for the web reorganization, but I'm suggesting it here also. 1) Move all recreation site information from all agencies to Recreation.gov - regardless of if the site needs a reservation. Update the site to make it searchable by ammenity, feature, location, etc. 2) Add an interactive mapping feature to recreation.gov that would also include site maps for campgrounds, pictures of every site ...more »

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Department of Energy

Change NEPA requirements to better incorporate electronic media

Council on Environmental Quality should change their NEPA requirements to embrase and incoroporate the streamlined use of electronic media for the NEPA compliance process. The EPA and all agencies are laging behind the public in their use of the internet and CDs for distributing NEPA documents and for the general submission of comments from the public. The public now uses electronic messages more often to comment on ...more »

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Department of Energy

Stop printing and binding hard copies of NEPA documents

Thousands of dollars are spent each year to print and bind hard copies of NEPA documents. Move to burning electronic CDs copies for distribution and limit hard copies to those copied out by Xeroxing and spiral bind rather than using glue binding to save money. Only copy out the minimum number needed to satisfy requests. Post the document on the internet for people to print out themselves or to read it electronically ...more »

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Department of Energy

eliminate duplicate Federal Register notices for NEPA documents

EPA already publishes all Notices of Availability for NEPA documents; DOE and NNSA publish their own Notices of Availability in addition to the EPA notices. Save money by eliminating DOE and NNSA notices. A one paragraph meeting notice would suffice to inform the public about hearings and save a lot of money each year by eliminating a large number of inches of space published in the Federal Register.

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Department of Transportation

AE Services Training for NEPA Procurement

Millions of transportation dollars are wasted annually on transit NEPA documentation produced by contractors to FTA grantees because grantees do not know how to: scope projects and AE services, make independent cost estimate, perform slating and selection actions, conduct fee negotiations, administer NEPA documentation contracts (including termination for convenience and default), and do basic quality assurance tasks. ...more »

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