Showing 30 ideas for tag "computers"

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Reduce software expenses with open source software and standards

Currently, the U.S. government spends in excess of $1 billion annually to license software -- software that produces documents that are difficult to access after a few years because the new version of the software often doesn't work with the older documents. Since the document formats are proprietary, we have no way to access these documents other than by maintaining the unsupported older software. This has made transparency... more »

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Department of the Interior

Turn off computer monitors at night.

Turn off computer monitors at night. Computer monitors can always be turned off at night. Computer upgrades can occur with monitor screens switched off. Leaving computer monitors on at all times is a huge waste of energy and dollars. It is completely unneccessary!! Let's save those dollars! Let's save that energy! It will also cut our greenhouse gas emissions!

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Department of Homeland Security

Shut Down Computers at Night

Having all Federal computers powered and online 24 hours a day is an unreasonable waste of energy and dollars. Computer maintenance and updates can be scheduled, or computers can be powered down for a portion of the week (e.g. Thursday through Monday) after hours. Furthermore, an offline computer cannot be hacked - saving energy and increasing information security. This can be adopted today, at no cost.

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Reduce vampire energy

The Energy Information Institute estimates that 10% of average electric bill pays for are not being used, but that percentage could be higher if computers, laptops and other equipment are left on or in standby mode. A simple yet effective solution would be to replace current dumb power strips with smart power strips that can sense and auto shutoff when attached computers and devices are in off state. To implement this... more »

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Department of Justice

Stop Mandating Outdated, Slow Telework Laptops

Recently, people who want to telework were assigned individual Dell laptops to use, rather than using a client to log in from a person computer. I understand that this is for security purposes, but the fact is these computers are so slow and outdated that they make teleworking a waste of time. They take up to 30 minutes to turn on and connect, grind to a halt when accessing the remote desktop, and crash often. Some... more »

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Department of Defense

Government Operating System

Create a government operating system using open source software. Based on Linux or BSD. The cost savings for the Army alone is about $85M+ per year for Windows, I dont what more for MS Office, Anti-virus etc. A standard desktop with office suite, internet browser, anti-virus, PDF, disc burning etc is easily attainable with open source. There are plenty of Linux Distro's and several BSD based that prove the point.... more »

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Department of Defense

Microsoft Windows? Why Not Linux!?

We have a multi-million, possibly multi-billion dollar contract with Microsoft for the Windows operating system, Office programs and Server software. If we were to switch to Linux based operating systems, software packages and servers (Ubuntu, Mac Lion, Libre Office, etc.) we would instantly save those millions/billions in software licensing costs. In addition to the software being free and open source, it would be more... more »

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Department of the Treasury

Let Internet Usage Pay for Itself

My idea is for government departments and agencies to promote the use of GoodSearch.com in lieu of Google or Bing as their default internet search engine. For example, if there are 50,000 employees at an Air Force Base, this would generate an estimated $365,000 per year (assuming a minimum of 3 web searches per day.) Additionally, whatever purchases a government agency needs to make (i.e. specialized software, books,... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Optimizing the Computer Security and Update Process

Solving two computer issues would increase government efficiency and save money. Presently, HHS computers receive software updates overnight, and sporadic reminder emails for the updates (1 day to 1 month in advance) result in individuals leaving computers on overnight. Also, security scans, which substantially reduce computing speed, occur throughout the day. Today, I was able to open only one webpage in 35 minutes... more »

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Social Security Administration

Wasteful Novelty

Each employee was recently given TWO monitor screen wipers with the Electronic Records Express logo on them. This is a waste of money. Even though each employee has two monitors, one screen wiper would have been more than ample. I struggle with the fact that we wasted the money on making these in the first place, but to give each employee TWO seems wasteful. I wish there was a way to upload a picture of this silly novelty.... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Issue Tablet Computers

While this initially seems like a cost-incurring idea, tablet computers could significantly reduce costs in a variety of ways. They could replace desktop computers, laptop computers and Blackberries. Video chat capabilities could replace cell phones (or agencies could opt for a stripped-down cell plan without data or texting) and expensive-but-rarely-used video conferencing equipment. Fewer projectors would be needed,... more »

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Department of Energy

Unnecessary Power with monitors

Shut down computer monitors during off hours. The average monitor uses 55 watts per hour. If the average off time was ten hours then: That would be 550 watts a day, 17050 watts a month, 200,750 watts a year that is wasted. If you time that by $.13 per Kwh, that is $26.10 per monitor a year. That is a lot of money throughout the US. Just on my base alone we can save $17829.82 a year.

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Department of Energy

Buying two operating systems for every computer system

When new computer equipment is bought to refresh old equipment, systems are purchased with a license for a windows operating sytem. When IT departments recieve the systems we erase the current drive and put a different licensed operating system on the computer. We purchase at least 2 operating systems licenses per computer. If we were to purchase computers with no operating system the government could potentially save... more »

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General Services Administration

Federal "Classifieds"

Have a clearinghouse for office supplies, furniture, computer equipment, uniforms, anything that people can use that they may not need anymore, or have a surplus on, that other people may need. Instead of always buying new stuff, save money by using something already purchased, or reusing. May also reduce waste. Uniform caches for all agencies that use them, so not always buying new ones, especially if in good condition,... more »

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