Department of the Interior

Enhancing Security: Protecting Children in Indian Country

The PAC Program is an innovative online approach to physical security that enables DOI’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (OHSES) to effectively pre-assess the security of federal facilities while reducing burden to the government, staff and tribal community. The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) oversees 6,953 facilities. Of these, 4,502 serve the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) including 187 schools... more »

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RECESS on the ROOF = more SPACE, more PROTECTION

Some schools take up more space than the school yard where children play. Adding fences and walls on the roof of schools not only allow for more space for children to run around in but also adds protection to children in dangerous neighborhoods where stray bullets are not out of the ordinary. This will restore more faith to underprivileged schools as well as lower the cost of extra security needed in some schools for... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

5S (methodology)

I believe that all government agencies can become more efficient by learning from the private sector. Before joining the TSA I worked in quality control for the semiconductor industry. At the company I worked we always found ourselves coming up short of our sister plant in Japan. The Japanese plants had better product yields, worker productivity, and even better safety records. After a lot of research we learned they... more »

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Department of Defense

Enforce Telework for Safety and Financial reasons

All work must be measured no matter where an employee works. There is so much waste with socializing in the government workforce sometimes I have to leave the noise and go to the cafeteria to answer my taskers. Teleworkers should not be held to a different standard than people who cost the government and the taxpayer money by consuming high rent buildings in the Wash DC area. You could save billions by closing most... more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Consolidate Federal Chemical Hazard Assessment

I suggest a consolidation of chemical hazard assessment in a single forum to produce uniform Federal assessment documents on chemical hazards. Multiple agencies could then use this product in their specific risk assessment and risk management activities. While chemical “RISK” changes depending on use and exposure patterns, necessitating different approaches to assessing and managing risk as appropriate based on use and... more »

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Physical Fitness Assesment for ALL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES

The Government workforce should set the example to the rest of the US population by eating healthy and exersizing 3 times a week (at minimum). An idea to begin this practice would be to enforce a Physical Fitness test for all Government employees similar to those in the armed forces. This would save miliions in medical expenses and would most likely reduce the large number of disability retirements that take place.

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Department of Defense

Keep Old Munitions Longer, Safer; Reduce Replacement Costs

The Navy is faced with an aging inventory of expensive munitions (torpedoes, missiles, etc.) that don't get used in the GWOT as quickly as small, hand-held items like bullets, hand grenades, etc. In order to maintain expensive munition items in the inventory longer, simple data loggers and sensors can be installed (costing between $100-500) on them to better monitor their condition and "health." Munitions health management... more »

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Department of Defense

Safety Equipment: Boots

The Government buys every employee on the work floor a new pair of boots each calendar year. THey do not buy cheap boots, but top named brands like Red Wing. I understand that there are folks who literally have pairs of new boots at home and are still using the ones they first received! These boots are anywhere from $80 to $120 or more. You can see how this can add up quickly. With maybe a thousand people in the... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Performance Based Orientation and Safety

Every new employee whether they have come from another federal postion or from the private sector deserves to have an efficient orientation. We loose employees because of inefficieny in this area. Currently there is millions of dollars wasted on inefficient orientations of emplyoee. To add to this thier is increased safety risk and safety violations because of this inefficiency. This is not only new employees but any... more »

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Food Safety Administration

Remove all food inspections duties from all of the variuos Agencies, and create one Food Safety Agency (Food Safety Administration) who's only mission is food inspection. This would eliminate all the confusion, duplication and conflict of interest that exists in the current set up.

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Department of Health and Human Services

Snow Melt - just a grand wishlist :)

Explore options to melt snow piled up in the parking areas, convert it to steam and generate electricity in the winter. This is the 21st century-there must be someone at MIT who can build an industrial grade machine to do this that would take up a couple of parking spaces at each office complex. The power generated would be fed back to the machine to melt more snow. Employ this all over USA at least in public places.... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Security Screening Cost Saving

Secretary Napolitano suggests raising security fees. In the following presentation to the DFW Occupational Safety and Health Specialist the premise of reducing the burden of the carry-on baggage handled by TSA Officers is highlighted. According to the safety proposal as a weight/size reduction begins as compliance with already established FAA protocol the size/weight restriction on carry-on baggage and... more »

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Legislative Branch

Sell Government Motor Vehicles (20 Years and Older)

The government wastes billions of dollars per year with under utilized vehicles depreciating in our government motor pools. Many vehicles aren't even used at all. The first place to tackle this problem is to identify the oldest and least used vehicles in the fleet. Any 1991 motor vehicle or older should be sold. The government would save millions of dollars in direct/indirect maintenance cost, reduce the government's... more »

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Department of Labor

Allow OSHA 502 training to be done online

Currently the OSHA 503 General Industry Trainer Update is permitted online but there are no providers for the OSHA 502 Construction Industry Trainer Update. Permitting this course online would drastically reduce the costs for both the government and private sector.

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Ban Smoking on all Federal Property Grounds (Owned or Leased)

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) puts a $3,391 price tag on each employee who smokes: $1,760 in lost productivity and $1,623 in excess medical expenditures. In addition, estimated costs associated with secondhand smoke’s effects on nonsmokers can add up to $490 per smoker per year. On average, smokers miss 6.16 days of work per year due to sickness (including smoking related acute and chronic... more »

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