PROPOSAL: To save the Federal Government somewhere between $173,000,000 and $598,000,000 (OR MORE) over the next 12 months… by reducing the amount of copier/printer paper consumed and therefore the equivalent: (1) budget expenditure; and (2) paper (i.e. natural resources) wasted. HYPOTHESIS: Relatively large savings to the budget could be realized by imposing four simple practices on Executive Branch employees: 1.... more »
Every organization in the government, spends way too much money on administration, and management, and we all know it. Gut the middle layers. Fire some people. The most important place to do this, unfortunately is the school system, which the federal Government has little control over. We need more competent laborers, there are a plethora of unemployed people, and instead of giving those people jobs we're wasting... more »
Abolish the paper trail! Save the government time & money! We can even reduce privacy violations by eliminating the need for information to be recorded or transferred via paper. This can be accomplished in the following ways: -Discontinue use of paper encounters which record information when a patient checks in for an appointment by implementing an electronic device(lap top, tough book, ipad) to record this information... more »
Incoming faxes can be automatically turned into a .pdf and sent to an email account or department inbox for action. Between VA Education/Compensation and Pension/Veterans Service Centers and hospitals, this could save 15-20 million each year in paper and fax machine costs. If successful with the VA, other federal agencies could impliment the same.
I have several ideas but here's just a few. Our printer alone prints out 30-50 pieces of paper per day that are either not ours or not significant. We have 450 printers in our VA medical center! Our printer alone is spewing off over 10,000 unused/unwanted copies per year, take that times 450 printers! We averaged the waist to be nearly $30,000 per year. Just for our small town facility. Can you imagine the waste? Also... more »
Set printer driver parameters to default to double-sided printing where applicable - include existing and future computers.
Although Paperless Contracting may be a far-reaching idea, we could go a long way in reducing cost by simply minimizing the redundancy of paper in our contract files, specifically when it comes to contractor responsibility. Three times throughout the life of the contract (and all it's subsequent modifications) we are required to check -- and print -- data from three different databases: EPLS, CCR and the new FAPIIS system.... more »
We use these tags one time and discard them in the trash after we have completed a rating decision for our veterans. I suggest that we print multiple stamps on the tag and instead of only being used once, we can get a minimum of 5 more usages out of them. Imagine the money we could save just by doing this. I know it is a small thing in our budget overall but we would really help our RO's budget. Just a thought. Thank... more »
I believe in being responsible for everything you do and say. And if we say we want to have a greener world then we should ACT on it and NOT just SAY it. Having said that, even though we are on our way to be in a paperless work environment, the truth is that we are not there yet and most people truly do want to have a greener world but just dont act upon it! The reality is that copies are still printed for various uses:... more »
Patient have difficulty understanding, remembering, and following technical, confusing medication instructions, and so may miss, double up on, or otherwise miss-take medications. When patients fail to improve as expected, clinicians may unnecessarily increase, duplicate, or change medications. Resultant poor patient health and avoidable, prolonged, more complicated hospital admissions lead to poor health outcomes and... more »
Colleagues continue to bring multiple copies of color printed material to some meetings. This is totally unnecessary unless the meeting is of a "very" formal nature. Black and white copies are just as good as long as charts and graphs are done in a manner to be readable in gray scale.
Every day a Pre-determination VSR will touch anywhere from 4 to 12 claims. Out of these claims nearly 25% of them require the VSR to log into a system we use (CAPRI). This system allows the Veterans Benefits Administration to obtain medical records from the Veterans Health Administration (VA Hospitals) in just a few seconds/minutes. New development guidelines require VSR's to print out CAPRI records for the veteran's... more »
Reduce is the first and most important R of the three: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. All government offices can reduce their paper use by exchanging drafts over e-mail, completing electronic document review, and even filing--for example--court documents online. Paperless law journal production has been successfully implemented by such associations as the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law. Convenience and reduction in waste... more »
Developments by companies utilizing cloud based computing (particularly Google) are resulting in an increasingly robust solution including enterprise class sercurity and online data storage. Firewall, IDS/IPS, Data Leakage Prevention, system wide applications, etc., can all be controlled "in the cloud" by connecting all remote users through dumb terminals. Dumb terminals allow users to connect to a central network without... more »
It's great to have a flex spending account, but it's a very cumbersome and inefficient process to actually take advantage of the account. You have to save receipts (paper that could be recycled), then fill out a form(s), print the form(s) (again paper that could be saved & recycled), then fax the form(s), and then wait to see if the expenses will be reimbursed. Why not issue FSA Visa or Mastercards that are loaded... more »