National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Paper Towel Waste

I discovered some statistics about my government center that were intriguing. We have 900 paper towel dispensers across our center with a population of 74% engineers. We purchase about 15,000 rolls each year costing the government easily over $100,000 per year. The Dyson Airblade claims to be the fastest hand dryer that is hygienic, with a sticker price of $1,119 for each system. I propose that if the government replaced ...more »

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Department of Defense

Digital T.O.

All T.O. should be digital, but the current ones we have are slowing us down and is more a nuisance than a problem solver. We should switch to a digital system that is easier to find T.O.s. The one we have is complicated, just think simple Adobe Acrobat/IPAD or something similar. IPAD is easy to handle, having the T.O’s all in one application in alphabetical order or search and find would make things much easier. Just ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Reduce Paper wastage

Isssue: The Problem within the Federal Government(taking USCG as an Example) is that we tend to attend lot of presentations and meetings. This in turn leads to plenty of documents such as memo's,manuals, presentations and training materials being printed for each individual. Many a times these documents are seldom or never looked at after the meetings/trainings and hence often end up as junk documents on table tops/racks/thrash ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Stop Vote by Mail.

So states allow voting by mail and have removed the polling places. Make voting eclectic or stop using paper. People say voting by mail has increased the amount of people voting but if you can’t get off you conch and come to a polling place, you shouldn’t be voting. Have computer at the polling place, this would cut down on paper and ballet counters. You could know who won in a few minutes versa hour, or even days.

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Department of Justice

Save over 2,000,000 pieces of paper annually

Every month the BOP prints a pay sheet for inmate pay. Since there is over 200,000 + inmates in the BOP, and the number is growing. All of the inmates are supposed to work while in prison that adds up to a lot of paper and ink. The pay is figured on the computer and the money is electronically deposited in the inmate trust fund/ IPP account. The only reason for printing the pay sheet is to show the inmate what he/she ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Stop printing $1 bills until inventory of $1 coins goes down

This probably needs legislation to make work. Stop printing the ones until the stock plie of dollar coins that the Federela REserve is storiing goes down, to the point the quantity is "normal" inventory. Then restart printing of the dollar bill if you must. Just stopping the presidential dolla coin program is not going to do anything for the coins in storage right now. And I have often asked for dollar coins or ...more »

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Department of the Treasury

Stop printing $1 bills until stock pile of $1 coins goes down

Stop printing the ones until the stock plie of coins goes down, to the point the stockpile is "normal" inventory. Then restart printing of the dollar bill if you must. Just stopping the presidential coin program is not going to do anything for the coins in storage right now. And I have often asked for dollar coins or half dollars a the bank and they say they dont have any. They can't circualte if you can;t get them. ...more »

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Department of Justice

Bureau of Prisons Call-Out/Change Sheets

Institutions print out call-outs / change sheets for inmates to view every day. One copy may contain up to 25 pages of entries. As many as 75 copies are made each day for posting in various areas for inmates to read. This accounts for as much as 13125 pages of printed material for one week at one institution. If you two side print the document, it still amounts to 6563 printed pages of material per week for one institution. ...more »

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Department of the Interior

Decrease File Folders and Storage Cost

Eliminate the need of multitude subject/case and file/folders codes, pertaining to the same project or contractor. Instead create one file for projects, contractors, etc, under one subject classification codes, consisting of all records related to project. This would cut spending cost on folders, shipping, and storage space at records centers.

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Department of Justice

Paperless creates more paper

All court documents are filed electronically in our district. When a document is filed by either the Court, the Defense, or our office (the US Attorney's Office), an email is sent to the AUSA and the support person assigned to that AUSA. The support person opens the email, prints the pleading, and then saves the electronic .pdf version of the document to the "virtual file" for that specific case. We waste so much paper ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Faxmail

Prior to working for the federal government, I spent approximately five (5) years employed in the private sector. A growing practice was the implementation of faxmail. The idea is simple: an individual is assigned a phone number, and when he/she receives a fax, it goes directly into his/her email inbox. With the goal of creating a paperless work environment, the receipt of an electronic fax will create an instant savings ...more »

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