Showing 58 ideas for tag "reduce wasteful spending"
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Office of Personnel Management

Keep Electronic Files --- Electronic. Reduce Shipping costs.

A large portion of my job involves printing files from an Agency database just so that I can ship them to a seperate office in a different state, with access to the same database.

Unnecessary.

The process of printing emails, .pdfs, documents etc just to group them into a manila folder and inventory them into a storage room needs to stop.

It is much quicker, more productive and efficient to use the electronic point... more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Save $96M per year by using 1/4 less lighting (electricity)

Fluorescent lights are relatively economical but what they save per bulb is lost by volume and duration.

The electricity used to power 1 Bulb costs approximately 15$ per year**

In one small part of my office (that houses approximately thirty employees), I count 36 light fixtures. That’s 72 lights --- or an electrical cost of $1,152 annually.

That’s $38.40 per employee annually, JUST for the electricity that powers... more »

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General Services Administration

Stop Mailing the GSA Global Supply Catalog

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Department of Defense

Consolidate AF Inspections

Consolidate AF inspections (UCI, LCAP, ORI, MCCI) into 1 inspection and have 1-POC for the inspections. Also, many inspections (ORIs) are obsolete (cold war era thinking). These serve no purpose other than to have MAJCOMs and Wing Commanders get a "warm-fuzzy" that their folks could survive if a ficticious cold war were to happen.

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Department of Defense

Eliminating expiration dates on funding, reduce funding types

A lot of funding appears to be spent less wisely at the end of the fiscal year when the funds are expiring. Recommend changing the funding types (SCN, OM&N, OPN, etc.) to two types of funding. The two types of funding would be government billets funding and programs and projects funding with unlimited expiration dates for both. This will eliminate the need to spend “end of year” funding just because it is expiring.... more »

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EXOP - Office of Science and Technology Policy

Consolidation of technology/new media efforts

A follow to my post below: I learned that although the gov't has well-trained, talented people, we are using outside contractors to do the work at $300 an hour that we could/should do ourselves.


The speed at which technology is outpacing government practices calls for a new way for departments and agencies to keep up the pace. Each agency has used, is currently using or plans to create tools that will take advantage... more »

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Legislative Branch

Reduce Office Space for SES Staff

Large offices are energy vampires and are not cost effective. Keep it simple. Most offices should not have the amenities of a livingroom (couches, recliners, HD televisions, coffee tables, end tables, sitting chairs). Most meetings are held in conference rooms. Whatever happen to the boss' office having 2 chairs opposite his desk, a telephone, a file cabinet, a computer (typewriter) and a window.

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Department of Defense

Close JFHQ-NCR

Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region is not needed. It's created 60 free billets for the (ab)use of the Army to do ceremonial missions. It was built for homeland defense in the NCR, but has been misused. Move 20-25 positions from the JFHQ-NCR under NORTHCOM Domestic Operations as a planning cell at the Pentagon and go back to doing what the command was meant to do - plan for emergencies in the NCR. You'd eliminate... more »

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Legislative Branch

drill for oil!?

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Department of Homeland Security

Let people who have Mobikeys actually "USE" them!

Every year, thousands of dollars are spent on buying new Mobikeys, replacement chips and renewals. Most of these mobikeys aren't being used and the money is being wasted. First of all, if someone has a mobikey, let them use it! They should be able to work a number of days from home in order to get full benefit of the device. If employees are not allowed to use this, why give them one? The mobikeys would be used more... more »

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Department of Agriculture

Procurement - Buying Locally Produced Goods and Services

Current policies and proceedures prevent agency from buying locally produced and manufactured products. Specifically, local paper mills can provide agency with paper, envelopes and other items at a much-reduced cost than can be acquired through current GSA methods. Allowing the agency to directly purchase these (and other) goods would not only save money, but decrease time of acquisition, paperwork and staff manhours.... more »

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Department of Agriculture

Eliminate Redundant Time and Attendance Tracking Systems

Current agency personnel are required to track their time and attendance on two separate tracking systems: WebTA and and internal Excel spreadsheet that mimics WebTA. Both tracking systems provide the same accountability for time and attendance however, the WebTA system is the official tracking system used by agency.

On average it takes each employee approximately 30 minutes to complete both tracking forms. This does... more »

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Department of Defense

Stop Waste Spending (Landscaping, Large TVs, Construction Projec

Spend money towards defense instead of no value added spending. Billions are being spent across DoD on unnecessary landscaping, flat screen TV’s, construction projects, etc… Create a culture were saving money is a priority instead of spending. First, visit several installations identifying wasteful spending habits (i.e. landscaping, large flat screen televisions, not needed computers, not needed construction). Many... more »

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Government Accountability Office

Purchasing Priorities

Purchases with goverment funds should be reviewed based on a priority scale to ensure that goverment agenceys buy things that are needed instead of things that are wanted. A scale could be implemented cheaply and tracked through cumperters to allow for a budget that can reflect needs over wants, this would give an extra level of oversite of purcheses to persons running budgets. For example a simple priority list could... more »

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