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Stop charging for federal agencies for parking at federal bldgs

I have been a federal employee for 34 years. I work for the USDA in the federal building in Tucson, AZ. I have to park my vehicle 1/4 mile from the building where I work and pay $35 a month for which I am not reimbursed. GSA operates all the federal buildings in the US of which I am told there are 7,000. They charge each agency occupying space in the building so much per square foot and it is very expensive. Parking... more »

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Cost Savings On Wasteful Power Usage

I would like to suggest the use of smart powerstrips/surge protectors, devices that places electrical equipment in the "sleep" or off mode when the equipment is not in use. The devices could be used on the appropriate or ALL electrical equipment being used by ALL Federal offices. A devices such as the Smart Strip LCG3 being used would result in countless savings of money, electrical power, and energy.

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Use Of Converted Mobile Homes for Taxpayer Services

I would like to suggest using converted mobile homes to serve as temporary or permanent mobile offices providing services across the United States. The use of these converted units would result in cost savings in regards to the leasing, buying , or maintaining of Federal building space. In addition, my idea would provide beneficial services to the taxpayers and the Government. These could be moved anywhere, would have... more »

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More efficient interactions with GPO

My agency routinely publishes items in GPO publications. This past year, my agency upgraded its word processing software (from Word 2003 to Word 2007!), but GPO had not. Thus, when we submitted our document to GPO, we had to spend several days to modify the file to be backwards compatible, at no additional value added to the taxpayer. There are several ways to reduce this type of inefficiency, but the best solution... more »

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When you can’t save, reduce the wastage. Here we can’t save and we don’t know how to reduce wastage. If you can’t fix or throw the useless, do not buy or add anything more to it – the more achieve these things, the more efficient you are. Simple.
We live in world where everything is very much possible only if we can apply a bit of common sense. What is common sense? If a question has two possible answers: right and wrong,... more »

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Electronic Funding Submission Process for CDC

GSA, Federal Acquisition Service, Assisted Acquisition Services Division, procures products and services on behalf of other federal agencies. One of our CDC customers sends funding documents via FedEx and requires hard copy signatures. This greatly impacts our carbon footprint by using paper and fuel to transport these packages. I am in the process of finalizing an electronic funding submission process, which will... more »

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Timekeeping

Our agency now uses smartcards to log in our computer. Time and work should be easily monitored by the actions of each user. This would eliminate some of the current fraud by users on their time sheets. Everyone needs to be accountable for the time they work. Hours and hours are paid to employees who come in late, leave early, telework abuse, etc.

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Standard Signature Blocks

Mandate Horizontal Signature Blocks to reduce printing paper.
Example:
Thanks,
Charles Ritter
Information Systems Security Officer
Heartland Region, Public Building Services
United States General Services Administration
816-823-3314 (W)
816-516-7688 (C)

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Thanks,
Charles Ritter|Information Systems Security Officer|Heartland Region|Public Building Services|United States General Services Administration|816-823-3314(W)|816-516-7688... more »

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Government License Plates

The Government would stand to save a significant amount of money if we reduced our requirement for two plates on each vehicle to only require the rear plate. The savings would come from not only production costs but from the time consuming process of plating; replating; inventorying; losses which 80+% of the time involve only the front plate; reporting requirement from the using agency and from GSA; FPS involvement,... more »

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Joint Solicitations

All too often, government solicitations are rushed to industry for quotes/proposals. No time is provided in the process for other government entities to assess the benefit of a joint solicitation where requirements align. While such solicitations may involve additional time (delay to some) the government will potentially benefit. The idea is to have a common acquisition/solicitation portal where a solicitation summary... more »

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Common Area Maintenance Cost Reduction Guideline

In my opinion, the largest untapped area of government savings over the next ten years will be derived by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) performing Common Area Maintenance/Energy Optimization Audits (CAM/EOA Audits). The GSA can substantially increase energy savings and reduce CAM charges by performing audits of existing equipment and services provided by government contractors and instituting new technologies... more »

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Reduced work week

Allow employees and contractors to choose a permanent shortened work week such as 4 9 hour days or 4 8 hour days. They would have to make up for insurance and retirement etc. out of their own pocket. Most employees in big cities like DC commute at least 3 hours a day (1.5 hours each way). Many of us would reduce our standard of material living to improve our quality of life for us and our children. Allow a few months... more »

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Vehicle ownership concept

Example. An individual drives the same government vehicle until it has reached it's maximum milage cutoff. Then the vehicle is turned back in to GSA for an Auction sale. If upon the issue of a new vehicle, that individual be given the opportunity to maintain, service, perhaps even refuel when necessary. Do all of this in return for, at the normal cutoff milage time when the vehicle is turned in, instead that individual... more »

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Water fountains - disconnect refrigeration unit

Thousands of water fountains are still refridgerated and most are not used at all or underutilized. The units operate 24 hours a day sucking electricity, and generate heat in the work space, which requires further energy for air conditioning. People use water filters in break rooms or buy their own liquids. The water fountains can remain, but refrigerating them is outdated and wasteful. This would impact every single... more »

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GSA Catalog Mailings

A week ago, my office of 21 Government employees, received FOUR (4) GSA 'glossy' printed Catalogs..each one weighed almost 3 pounds. Two were addressed to 'Current GSA Customer', two were addressed by name. We do NOT need these printed catalogs. We could share ONE (1) but if we really ordered, we would check the actual price online at GSA Advantage..and order from there, so we do NOT need these catalogs at all. We... more »

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