Showing 14 ideas for tag "cost effective"

Department of Energy

Do not put PV panels on Roofs

PV Paybacks are long especially if all costs are considered and not what is spent by the agency (subsidies just take money from other investment opportunities with potentially greater paybacks). With that said, if we are going to do it don't do it on roofs. We have enough problems with roofs and installing PV panels on them will probably make them worse. Also roof replacements become very expensive if PV panels must... more »

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Department of Transportation

Save the Paper: Annoy Electrons Instead

We all tend to use a lot of paper, which costs money and clogs up the environment - and much of it is completely unnecessary. Most of us use databases every day, which can be used to house the documents we need without printing, yet many of us insist on printing anyway. The National Archives has put forth the requirements of record keeping (see "Agency Recordkeeping Requirements"), which tell us only that we must keep... more »

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Legislative Branch

Local Agencies Access and Share Training

Create a website like this one where agencies can post available training that should permit any Federal employee to attend and/or access. Several Cybersecurity trainings are very expensive, yet different agencies provide the same training and bear individual costs of training. For example Houston, TX has several Federal Agencies and at least two Federal Buildings downtown. If agency heads would determine common areas... more »

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Department of Defense

A Simple Idea That Is Easy To Implement

I propose that when military members are sent TDY they be required to share quarters or hotel rooms with one other member, providing they do not have to share the same bed, are of equal rank and the same gender.

When my unit was sent on a mission for a few weeks, we stayed at a hotel and each member got their own room which was equipped with two beds. My brother, also in my unit, was sent TDY with us and we decided to... more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Save Time: Paperless Hiring Leading to Digital Record Keeping

As EPA Region 9 summer interns who’ve grown up in a Web 2.0 World, we feel we have a fresh perspective on how procedures are carried out with new technologies. We were surprised by the sheer amount of paper involved in the hiring process –SF-52, I-9, a physical welcome folder all of which were available online. For a total of 2 million federal employees, this translates into an incredible amount of paperwork and redundancy.... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Stop the Duplication of the Flood of Agencies making Flood Data

Let's stop the redundancy of various Federal Agencies, and States, that are using Taxpayer funds to generate, publish, and administer Flood Hazard Data to the public. It has to be confusing to the American public at large, and to the people living and working in or near floodplains. The agencies and States are:
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
The DHS/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
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Department of Veterans Affairs

Saving money at the VA

I seen enough waste

1) when a ward is totally empty turn the whole lighting system off.

2) Get rid of health techs, and make them C.N.A..way to many techs that cant do certain jobs.

3)Retire the one's that been in the federal system 42 years or more....save money retiring these certain workers.

4)why have Mypay, and still have paper hard copys coming from the cheifs of the services.....save millions not having paper... more »

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Department of Transportation

YOUR SAVINGS ARE IN THE MAIL

The Federal Government sends out millions of letters and packages annually. If each Government agency were required to analyze the processes and methods used to send out these letters and packages; and streamline them to be cost effective, efficient, and greener, the Federal Government collectively could potentially save $1 million or more by utilizing the practices below:

• Mailing letters using #10 envelopes vs. flats... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Better use of software programs to reduce the cost of printing

The VA is supposed to go paperless in the future. So, why do we print the letters from MAP-D, PCGL, and RBA 2000, for the veteran’s file? These letters are all saved and available for viewing at any time. PCGL and RBA 2000 letters are in Virtual VA. Uploading MAP-D letters into Virtual VA would result in having all letters stored in one centralized location. Additionally, since we have access to the veteran’s medical... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Reduce timeliness and redundancy when developing for evidence

When we receive a VA Forms 21-4142, Authorization and Consent to Release Information, we develop for the evidence. If the medical evidence on the form we are requesting is more than 7 years old we should call the doctor or facility to see if they still have the records, a lot of doctors, clinics and hospitals destroy evidence after 7 years and some after 10 years. If the VA Forms 21-4142, is for a doctor, clinic or... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Use smaller size paper to reduce waste

For check in's and information sheets for veterans printe the needed information on smaller sheet sized such as 4 by 8. Often printed information for daily VA Medical Center infromation from patients to office use only use one fourth or half of a sheet of paper. One way to reduce this cost would be to print that information on smaller pieces of paper.

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Office of Personnel Management

Share Security Check Information

I have worked for, or applied for several agencies in the federal government. It would be a cost saver and a team building experience to have the personnel security divisions to share the security checks and clearances information.

A central area to store the information would make it easier and quicker for personnel to be hired and on the job.

It can take up to a year to get some clearances done, so it would not... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

DITCH THE MIDDLE-MUDDLE: Direct & Smart VA Claims Processing!

Today, now, VA has networks and programs mature enough to POTENTIALLY ACHIEVE completely PAPERLESS PROCESSING for many COMPENSATION CLAIMS on the COST-AND-TIME-INTENSIVE FRONT END.
This can be done by PUTTING THE claims processor (VSR) and THE VETERAN claimant TOGETHER by phone, Internet, or face-to-face from the very beginning of the claim process, creating a REAL-TIME, TRANSPARENT COLLABORATION with TRUE TIMELY OUTCOMES..... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Saving Time & Money while increasing efficiency

Here at the Department of Homeland Security, specifically within TSA, we use notification flyers to let individiuals know that we've inspected their property. TSA goes through thousands and thousands of these a year. I think it would be cost effective to begin using a reusable stamper that we could directly stamp bag tags. That way we're saving paper while eliminating the cost of printing the notification slips.

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