Environmental Protection Agency

Document Collaboration

All agencies can benefit from secure document collaboration spaces, similar to Google Docs. The collaboration space could be made more secure for classified or sensitive documents. This would save server space required for E-mails, as people would no longer have to E-mail large files to eachother. The cost for purchasing, housing and maintaining servers would significantly decrease. This would also prevent printing of... more »

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General Services Administration

Printing

There are default fonts that use less paper and ink. there are also programs like "EcoFont" that print documents with holes in the letters. The holes are the size of pixels and are not noticeable to the naked eye but they are able to save on ink. These two ideas combined could save the GOV more than 50% on all printed documents, with savings in ink and paper. I have done estimates in my office and the pay back would... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services - IMB

Canceling unnecessary and mis-targeted print subscriptions

Two weeks ago I sent a Center-wide email recommending individuals not involved in information technology, cancel their GSN (Government Security News) print magazine subscription (a gov’t IT-related publication) by calling the Subscription Office's phone number which was buried in the back of the magazine. If hundreds or thousands of FDA or HHS or US gov't-wide employees cancel these oftentimes mis-targeted publications,... more »

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Social Security Administration

Eliminate Automated Publications to SSA Facilities

Thousands of SSA facilities receive a variety of publications that are not read or used. To reduce costs associated with producing these documents, FedEx shipping charges, and to reduce waste, begin eliminating certain automated paper publications to SSA facilities. (Examples: Annual Statistical Supplement to the Social Security Bulletin (200+ pages), SSI Annual Statistical Report (75 pages), and Social Security Programs... more »

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Department of Transportation

Double sided printing requirement

The Federal Government should set a mandatory policy of requiring its employees to print double sided paper every single time a document is printed. This would save money, energy and help the environment. It could be accomplished simply by changing automatic default settings on each government PC to two sided printing, and, if it is technologically possible, eliminate one sided printing in the settings altogether. Therefore,... more »

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Department of Defense

Utilize Two-sided Black and White Printing

Most offices are now equipped with printers that can print on both sides of the page. However, many people do not use this feature. I would implement a plan where the personnel responsible for IT maintenance in each organization set up default settings for printing preferences. All uses would use these settings, which would include printing two-sided and using black and white ink only. These settings could be overridden... more »

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Department of Defense

Stop providing Printed Publications

Do not provide hard copy printed items when the item is available online. Every item provided by the government printing ofice should adhere to this. All regulations and instructions should be made available online. There are many private printing companies. If individuals want printed copies of things, they should pay a private company to produce it for them. The government should not be in the business of putting... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Replace Medicaid/Medicare Paper Cards w/Plastic

If ordered in large volumes to replace existing cards and new cards, the paper to plastic migration would only be separated by pennies due the the millions being ordered. The next generation card would last longer, and your parents and/or grand parents would not have to laminate them! Newer security features could be incorporated to prevent replication (which can be achieved quite easily with the current paper card),... more »

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