Department of Health and Human Services

Skype to replace Pic-Tels

Currently, pic-tel conferences can cost approx. $1000 or more per hour based on the number of connections. It is limited to places that are wired to connect to "bridges" and some systems are incompatible with one another. Skype is Internet based and therefore accessible where there is connectivity or wi-fi available. It would permit greater access to conferencing and meetings, particularly where and when important... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Travel

Require managers and directors to reduce government travel 20% by using Live Meeting or video messaging or Skype. I see alot of waste for team meetings etc. that could be done via live meeting or even conference calls. Also reduce the use of hotel conference rooms etc for meetings and use facilities that are leased or owned by the government that have conference space already rather than paying for space. Start looking... more »

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Legislative Branch

An Idea From the Enlisted Perspective

President Obama, Hello Sir. I read that the government is going to begin asking its employees to shut down their computers whenever they will be out of use after their work day is over. This is a great idea, except in the Air Force there are weekly security updates that shoot through their networks. If our computers are off, they won't get the needed security updates that we require in this day and age of hacking. I... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Limit Travel: Use Skype or Similar Web-based Tools for Education

Millions of dollars are spent each year on travel for Federal employees to give face-to-face presentations. For example, many agencies have Speakers Bureaus. Individual speakers travel to classrooms, community groups, and other local events to engage with their audience. The use of Skype would still allow for experts to present talks via the internet and engage with audiences. This would save a great deal of Federal employee... more »

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Department of Justice

Interviews via Teleconference for New Job Applicants

Allow new job applicants to interview via the internet through a webcam. Job interviews can be very expensive, not only for the applicant but also for the Federal Government. Utilizing a webcam can still provide interviewers with a face to face interaction. And, it would allow access to very qualified applicants from remote areas that would not be able to afford a plane flight.

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Department of the Interior

cut travel and invest savings in telework and telepresence tech

If you took half of the amount of money spent on travel you could easily upgrade every office, cubicle and meeting room to HD TVs, monitors, cameras, webcams headphones, mics, VOIP, etc., and greatly reduce the need for travel. This should be driven top down by the senior leadership and management generations as something that needs to start now as part of a long term vision to implement before fuel prices make travel... more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Cut Gov't Travel Budgets - Too many free vacations!

I know folks like to travel - but - in the Federal Gov't folks travel "just because they can" and the money is there - many trips are unnecessary to complete the mission. Extra "offsite" meetings at resorts, shopping for conferences just to go to a fun city for a week, travelling 3000 miles for a 2 hour meeting, all that is nice - but it's paid by taxpayer money and in this time of need that's where there is a lot of... more »

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