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Executive Office of the President

Standardize Fleet Management

Standardize the management of our vehicle and equipment fleets. Currently, each agency, writes policy/regulation and has software, procedures, and management policy for their fleets. Conversely, we're all doing the same thing; tracking utilization, right-sizing, greening, tracking fuel, training, etc. On top of that, each agency is writing directives, regulations, policy, and even creating separate forms. Standardizing... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Alternating - Light Bulbs (Turn off every other bulb).

We may be using Fluorescent light bulbs, but we should continue to alternate bulb use like we did prior to using Fluorescent light bulbs. We should keep some lights bulbs Off while others light bulbs are On (alternating bulbs). Thus still providing enough lighting to do the job while conserving Electricity; Reducing lighting where necessary.

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Department of Defense

Extend Time Between TS Clearance Reinvestigations

Currently, an individual with a TS clearance must be completely reinvestigated every five years. This is an expensive and time consuming process that has provided little benefit in rooting out potential spies, terrorists, etc. My suggestion is to do a full reinvestigation every ten years and every five years do just a police and financial records check. This will reduce the manpower and time required and save the government... more »

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Department of the Interior

Use 100% Post Consumer Waste Paper

There is a paper company I've found here in San Francisco called New Leaf Paper that produces 100% post consumer waste (PCW) paper. We've been using their paper for publications and day to day copying. Why not purchase this sustainable paper. We found they even cost $30 cheaper per box. We've informed the vendor how to get on the Central Contracting Registration, but until then all of the paper we seem to get is only... more »

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Department of Defense

Purple BASOPS - Defense Base Operations Support Agency

Within Department of Defense, we are having a billing war between the Services for base operations support (BOS). Although the specific war fighting mission of each Service is unique, there is absolutely nothing Service-specific about BOS. Paying the electricity bill in the Army should be the same as paying the electricity bill in the Air Force. Child care on a Navy base should be the same as that offered to the children... more »

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Department of Agriculture

Work Calculation Efficiencies

My position requires an average of 70 to 80 hours of work per week. The government recoups considerably more than the cost of paying my overtime by charging private industries an hourly rate for my essential services, and therefore there is no incentive for the government to be concerned about my life/work balance, safety and health, or inefficiencies of work due to excessively long hours. Allowing early retirement... more »

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Department of the Interior

Go For All Quick Payback Energy Savings Measures

Energy Audits are complete for a large number of federal facilities. These energy audits produced numerous recommendations that can produce savings at a rapid rate. Some of these measures will pay for themselves in less than a year and begin saving money after that point and far into the future.

All measures with a payback of less than five years should be implemented immediately. These energy savings measures will reduce... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Work schedule postings, 'out of office' tool use

Federal employees and contractors should list their work schedules (scheduled work days/ scheduled work hours) with their title/address/contact info in emails.The "out of office" tool should be required for prolonged periods out of the office for meetings and for AWS days. These two requirements would improve the quality of output, reduce administrative backlogs, and improve efficiency and speed of government. The cost... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Electronic Libraries

Go the E-book way.

 

Than having the same hard bound reference book in every office, go electronic. Subscribe/pay for the group access and distribute the log-in info to all employees. The 'Physicians Desk Reference' and the Dictionaries comes to mind! How about Kindling it?

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Department of Homeland Security

OPERATION FAX STREAMLINE

Over the past few months, we have been working on becoming more efficient with incoming faxes throughout CBP & Border Patrol. We receive at our port of entry on a daily basis on average 50-100 vehicle export faxes per day, sometimes one fax can include up to 20 pages. Our main focus was on vehicle exports and trying to figure out how to get reduce the receiving so much paper, wasting ink, and phone lines for something... more »

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Legislative Branch

Make English the National or Official Language of the US

Too much money is being wasted on dual/multiple language answering machines, printing, etc. Some commercial establishments are going to the point of having 10-13 languages on printed things. The government cannot afford the cost or lack of efficiency. It is time to make English the national language and the ability to speak and understand English at at least an 8th grade level should be a citizenship requirement.... more »

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Department of Energy

Badges

When Federal employees transfer to other agencies within the Federal government, why can't their HSPD12 badge be updated to reflect their new agency the day they report to their new job by the security office in their new agency instead of having to send Federal employees to get another set of fingerprints/pictures and other badge/security related information---can't agencies share this type of information and make the... more »

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Judicial Branch

Penalize Immigration Lawyers for Frivolous Lawsuits

The government is currently wasting millions processing frivolous immigration lawsuits being initiated by shady lawyers taking advantage of their clients. This is particularly true for those seeking asylum. Start reporting these guys to the state bar, strip them of their license, and charge them court costs after a pattern of frivolous lawsuits. Too many are just able to continue practicing with no penalty. Establish... more »

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