Showing 16 ideas for tag "innovation"
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Department of Energy

Expand Idea Competition to Department Level

Based on the success of the President's SAVE Award, this approach should be replicated within Departments, such as at the Department of Energy, as a way for employees to suggest institutional innovation and to vote on one another's ideas. This could include ideas to save money, promote Department efficiency and effectiveness, enhance transparency, and promote broader engagement with the American people.

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Department of Defense

iPAD/ Kindle/ Nook vs Paper

As the world progresses so must the federal government. Purchasing data pads to replace paper (ones you can write and have download/ upload into your computer) would save hundreds of millions of dollars in paper and printing costs.
Security concerns can be addressed easily with the installation of certain features to track and maintain file integrity from outside intrusion. The specifics for that innovation are already... more »

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Department of the Interior

Create an Innovation Office to drive change, policy and research

Ideas, new or old that equal better, faster, and cheaper for the organization need a place to be given life and funding. Every organization should have an office tasked with driving innovation throughout the organization.

Policy and research should be housed within this office, and the office should be also be tasked with gathering employee ideas and then turning them into new programs, projects, policies and research... more »

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Department of Commerce

Save 1,000,000 Patent Examining Hours Per Year

I'm a 27 year old US patent examiner. I joined the US Patent Office last year. Since then, not only have I realized the gravity of what goes on where I work, but I've realized that because of this, beneficial changes here can mean beneficial changes across our nation. Ironically, the USPTO is not even a choice in the dropdown for this submission.

The USPTO is the brain that operates the body of American innovation.... more »

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Department of Commerce

$187,000,000 Per Year Saved! OPERATION FREEZE THE INK!

OPERATION FREEZE THE INK! 700 pounds and 10,000 pages is what the average worker will print in one year. A 25-30% reduction of printing by 50-60% of federal workers (1,500,000 FTE) would save $187 million in a year! It's not technology that holds us back, it's the will to use it. Implementing a printing cap would make government workers get creative in how a document is electronically delivered.

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Department of the Interior

Make mining companies pay for the destruction they do

What is coal worth? Currently, only what it takes to extract from the ground. What is the mountain, the stream, or the area's health worth? Obviously, much more.
Innovation will be spurred toward efficiency and competing technologies if only fossil fuel companies paid for their external costs. Why throw them a bone and be stuck in the early 19th century?
This money can be used to fund local health initiatives, conservation... more »

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Corps of Engineers--Civil Works

Use Skype instead of Expensive Audio/Visual Equipment

Often times the government attempts to reinvent the wheel in order to save money, but still ends up as a large price tag once committed. The use of Skype in leui of Video and Tele conference calls would save the government millions each year. The cost comparison is very simple, especially for the current setups that include items such as a projector or a television. A Webcam and a monitor would replace most instances... more »

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Department of Education

Mandate Electronic Textbooks

For states and communities receiving federal funding, mandate or provide incentives for their preference to electronic text book format distribution rather than hard copy. We live in a digital age. Education is an area where we can innovate with very little effort. Imagine being able to manipulate all your educational material seamlessley via multi-devices.

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Executive Office of the President

A Sustainable, Efficient, and Green Solution

I propose a solution that improves the government's use of funds in a sustainable, green, efficient manner that fosters education and creativity while linking the country together and allowing kids to create and explore. I propose the government catch up and do what private industry has been doing for decades. Places like RAFT (Resource Area for Teaching) combine industry “waste” and turn trash into treasures for teachers... more »

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Executive Office of the President

Establish an Executive Team Dedicated to Facilitating Innovation

Many, many federal employees feel they cannot share their ideas or their agencies have inadaquate innovation platforms or frameworks to facilitate ideas. Often agencies appear to not be capable of change because change is designated to take place at the local level, however, this level does not have the resources to do so. Once it goes to a higher level there are so many ideas that employees feel their ideas will never... more »

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Executive Office of the President

Department of Technology Utilization - It Will Come Eventually!!

Problem: The underlying problem is lack of Technology Utilization. Technology exists on every Government computer with functionalities, features, capabilities, and tools that are not being utilized and therefore the return on investments in Technology is low. Most end-users of technology are not technology experts and therefore do not realize the full capabilities in order to perform their functions efficiently with the... more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Integrated NASA wide patent management and licensing

Presently each of approximately 10 different NASA centers manages their own patent portfolio and licensing function. While NASA HQ oversees part of these functions, NASA HQ could also consolidate invention disclosures, patent filings, patent maintenance, and foreign activities. NASA HQ could also at the same time manage commercialization activities aligned with their new space vision, to extract maximum licensing and... more »

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