Department of Energy
1) Use of Bloom Energy Servers to supplement regional power generation - these use natural gas in a combustionless means which strips electrons from the gas molecules www.bloomenergy.com
2) More aggressive use of patents and licensing of technologies borne from research - large corporations can generate up to 20% of their operating costs using passive income from licensing revenue
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The walkways that connect the North and South buildings in Forrestal act as heat sinks. Keeping the doors closed on these walkways (as designed) could substantially reduce heating and cooling costs.
This company engine design increases power with less emissions. It definitely needs to be looked into. The potential growth of this company could produce long term jobs for the US. .
I built a house in 2007 and installed a rainwater sytem to provide water for toilets, wash machines and my garden wich is supplies by a 8000 liter underground tank. I also installed a wood-pellet heating system which is a renewable energy and is cheaper and cleaner than natural gas or fuel oil. Lastly, I installed solar-electric panels on the roof that feed electricity back into the power grid.
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Eliminate the requirement for HQ personnel to approve foreign travel by national laboratory staff. It is unnecessary paperwork. The labs have a management staff that oversees the time of their staff. They will make sure travel is appropriate. We trust them with spending millions on other functions we should trust them with this. Personally, I've never seen a request for foreign travel disapproved.
Another way to save funding is for lawmakers to enact a law to streamline the contract closeout process to deobligate uncosted balances (aka carryover) from old contracts. Because DCAA audits and final invoice may be needed before a contract is closed out and funds deobligated, the deobligation... more »
Expand USASpending.gov to include contract and grant deliverables. Grant-making agencies inadvertently double, sometimes triple fund the same work. With this added capability, program managers could search for similar, already federally-funded deliverables and give higher priority to innovative, responsive and highly-rated yet unfunded proposals.
Require government agencies and contractors to always request prompt-pay and volume discounts on purchases from vendors and take them when available. Current Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) are too vague in this area and arguably insufficient to support audit findings of waste or inefficiency.