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Department of the Interior

Buy the most efficient vehicles

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Department of Homeland Security

Reduce Paper Costs!

For court proceedings we are CONSTANTLY printing 145 page Mexico packets to submit to the court. We also do this for other country packets that are even larger! My propsal is to digitize country profiles and reports and have a set copy already at the courts. We go through boxes and boxes of paper at our office and i'm positive that we would be able to reduce paper costs dramatically if the courts had a disk with country... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Use site-to-site VPN + Broadband instead of slow leased lines

The use of site-to-ste VPN's running over business class Broadband connections will provide greater bandwidth and lower costs to many small government sites.

 

Many small government offices are connected with slow 1.5Mb/s T1 connections at a cost of hundreds of dollars per month per line. Most government offices in the U.S. have high speed broadband available at under half the cost and serveral times the speed.

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Department of Transportation

Bus checkpoints to save millions of gallons of gas

At the NASA Glenn Research Center, it's difficult to find parking anywhere on lab. Many people drive a huge 4-door sedan or SUV, just to drive themselves to work. For many suburbs, RTA buses are not spaced optimally for us and using them takes too long to get to work.

I propose finding under-utilized parking lots at checkpoints strategically located miles away from federal workplaces and use them for employee parking.... more »

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Department of Energy

Employees Training Employees

I think reducing costs spent by the Government can come from the reduction of private-sector training companies, training federal employees. Each class that is brought in, costs the Government $800-$1500 per person per class, totaling $20,000 - $30,000 per course for 25 people. These courses are taught by people who have been out of the government for years, and some of the information isn't relevant to some jobs around... more »

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Department of the Interior

Revise the printed email policy

IT security policy requires every employee to print and file a paper copy of every work-related email. Requiring on and off-site electronic back-ups of email files provides better security for the records and would save the government millions of dollars per year, as well as hugely reducing paper waste from government offices. The current policy is expensive, out-dated and as non-green as possible.

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Legislative Branch

Election Day a National Federal Holiday

The USA is a Republic. However, on Election Day the citizens of this country have to find time before or after work in order to exercise their right to vote. Citizen’s work schedules may make it difficult to near impossible for them to make it to polling stations during the specified voting times, and missing work to vote is oftentimes frowned upon by employers (not openly, of course) . Shouldn’t something that is... more »

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Department of the Interior

Reuse existing buildings

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Department of the Interior

Turn off and unplug unused equipment

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Department of Health and Human Services

Landscaping - Native Plants

The use of native plants for landscaping around government buildings would save a significant amount of money. The cost savings would come from the lower prices of native plants, and the substantially less maintenance required for them. Native plants will not need fertilizer, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, and water (after the first planting). Native plants have longer lifespans and will not need replacement... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Costly Use of GSA and Unicor

One of the largest issues is the complexity in getting to purchase materials/office equipment etc. locally. We are essentially forced to order from the corporations such as Unicor and GSA that charge ridiculous prices for their items. While perusing the website in order to purchase a lamp, I came across a 1300.00 lamp! Now I ask, what lamp is worth 1300 when you could easily drive to a local store, purchase an effective,... more »

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Department of Agriculture

POV and GOV Dilemma

Recognize that POV travel is less expensive than GOV travel, and reimburse appropriately. A new AAA study shows the cost to own and operate a sedan rose nearly 2 cents a mile to 58.5 cents per mile. As a high-mileage driver the government had been reimbursing me (to use my POV for government business) 19 cents per mile, which is down from the 28.5 cents per mile that was reimbursed in prior years (while actual costs have... more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Manned Mission to Mars

Cancel all funding of NASA's planned manned exploration to Mars. The cost is projected to be in billions. If we had a balanced budget it would be worth pursuing, but we must simply prioritize our national objectives. The program may be better suited pursuing unmanned systems and robotics with the help of international funding to lower cost.

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Legislative Branch

Rethink Biometric Pilot Credential Program To Save Program Costs

Instead of developing a new stand alone "pilot biometric credential", and since legislation dictates one, why not consider using the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP's) Trusted Traveler Global Entry credential for this purpose.

Although not specifically tailored for pilots currently, the global entry card could easily accomodate "pilots" via unique data elements within existing IT infrastructure for greater... more »

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