Showing 13 ideas for tag "reduction"

Department of Defense

Stop Paying Twice for Windows

We buy computers from Dell. Each computer comes with a license from Microsoft. (Sticker with license key) We then buy an Enterprise license to install Windows (any version) on that computer. Dell sells computers without Windows. We can buy our computers without Microsoft licenses, and then install our Enterprise software. (Volume Licensing)

We never use the preinstalled version, and we never use the license key we pay... more »

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General Services Administration

Combine supply systems

How many supply systems does the Gov't use? There is GSA, but agencies have there own supply departments. From this Save web page, I found that NASA contacts with Lockheed for their supplies. One may think that by using the whole contracting power of the USA that the best deal could be made since the gov't would be buying in volume. Advantages are getting a better price due to a good bargining position due to the... more »

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General Services Administration

Planned Building Shut-downs

Within an agency, each building will decide on one day per month to shut down operations. This effort will save energy and reduce the agency's carbon footprint, directly reducing energy and real estate costs.

 

Employees will be encouraged to telework, which contributes to happier employees with better work/life balances.

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Department of Defense

End Policy of Budget Reduction for Non-Use

It is widely practiced policy in large organizations of all types to reduce a department's budget if all funds are not used in a given fiscal year. This leads to massively wasteful spending that adds little to no value to the department just to ensure their budget is not reduced the next year.

I propose to eliminate this policy, without any stipulations. Without the threat of a budget reduction, a department will only... more »

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Department of the Interior

Donate Use or Lose Annual Leave to Reduce the Deficit

Allow the donation of the value of excess annual leave directly to deficit reduction. Employees could elect to donate their excess annual leave. Also, the value of all lost annual leave could be used to reduce the federal deficit.

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Social Security Administration

Eliminate Overtime Pay

Many employees "extend" work hours if they are provided with the incentive of overtime pay. Because they essentially learn to rely on this extra pay, they work slower to ensure they are able to work overtime hours. By eliminating overtime and keeping employees at salaries, the work would be much more efficiently handled. Trust me on this one, after many years working at different offices in operations and having spoken... more »

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Department of Defense

Alternate Work Schedule & Telework Mandate

With roughly two million federal civilian employees, of which 15% (~300,000+) work in the Washington DC Metro area, demand put on the daily infrastructure (I-66, I-95, etc) is substantial. Currently, most personnel would work a normal 40 hour work week (5 days x 8 hours). If an AWS (Alternate Work Schedule) was put in place, where each employee would work eight, 9 hour days and one, 8 hour day per pay period, this would... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Adjust Border Patrol Agent Work Hours !!!

Instead of agents working 5 days a week for 10 hours per day, agents should work 4 days a week for 12 hours. That saves the government 2 hours a week per agent in the border patol. That is a savings of millions of dollars a month. Border Patrol agents will gladly sacrafice two hours of pay a week if that means they have an extra day to spend with their family and friends. Thank You

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General Services Administration

Incentive

Providing each employee with a small portion of the money their agency saved will drastically change the way they spend. Sort of a bonus for not wasting, and available to all federal employees, supervisors, and office holders. Many agencies already have bonus funds. Maybe we could add 20% of their savings to the bonus pot.

Currently federal employees actually have an incentive to spend. The average federal employee’s... more »

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Department of the Interior

Paper Reduction

Reduce is the first and most important R of the three: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. All government offices can reduce their paper use by exchanging drafts over e-mail, completing electronic document review, and even filing--for example--court documents online. Paperless law journal production has been successfully implemented by such associations as the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law. Convenience and reduction in waste... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Electronic Dataset Size Reduction Process

In 2005, the FDA began accepting electronic submissions in lieu of paper. The greatest culprits in submission size are clinical and non-clinical study datasets. To alleviate the stress on FDA reviewers in processing and analyzing all the relevant data, the FDA has begun accepting standardized data, specifically CDISC-aligned data. The eData team noticed that dataset sizes have increased at an alarming pace, placing an... more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Cell phone/Smartpone Turn-in Program

Background assumption:
1) Most government employees have their own cell phone/smartphones and associated data packages for their personal use.
2) From my research the government pays over $100 per month per Iphone.

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1) Perform a government wide survey to provide a preliminary assessment of the annual savings if the government offered a small monthly stipend to move current government cell phone/smartphone... more »

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