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Cancel FedEx, UPS, and DHL

And use the postal service. I know for a fact that several people in my office use FEDEX and UPS on non important items/documents when they could easily send these documents via the USPS

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ELIMINATE ADTRAV

Eliminate the use of ADTRAVE for the purchase of government plane tickets. An administrative fee of approximately 25.00 is added to the price of each ticket. The ticket price is always several hundred dollars more than the price advertised on the carriers' website. Potential savings could be in the millions.

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Biodiesel for Government Ships

Biodiesel has been identified as a valid fuel for most diesel engines. After initial use, it has greater lubrication than diesel, so results in lower wear and reduced maintenance expenses.
It is less toxic, so spills can be handled with less expense.
It can be produced locally from domestic stocks.
With the purchasing power of the government,the price could be negotiated to be equitable or lower than petroleum diesel.... more »

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Use Microsoft Beta test model to reduce testing costs

Microsoft over the years has reaped large financial benefits by relying on public BETA testers of their software. Instead of hiring or contracting a BETA tester, they rolled out pre-production releases of their software to interested users and received feedback from them that helped improve the software. So not only did the software get debugged better because of the ability to have many, many more testers, they also... more »

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Earlier Retirement and Continuity

Permit civil servants to reduce hours to permanent part-time status while counting the "high-three" based on full-time employment, subject to approval by agency management. This will encourage earlier partial retirement and keep experienced personnel on hand for transfer of knowledge to new hires. Agencies will save money and retain knowledge as experienced staff retire more gradually. If no longer advantageous to... more »

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government standard open source computer operating system

We should be using a minimal auditable secure open source operating system throughout the government. Rather than invent one from scratch, use Linux or some BSD variant. Invest a few of the billions of dollars used to license untrustworthy commercial software to carefully audit the OS and some essential applications.

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Shift Training Programs to Electronic Format

Employee training is obviously vital to the success of our workforce, but every year many training documents are still printed on paper, in excess—witness the pile of unused EEO folders in our mailroom, destined for the recycling bin—which is incredibly wasteful. The paradigm has shifted, folks, and while there is no replacement for classroom learning, it’s time to upgrade the government training programs to be more... more »

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Update HVAC systems to avoid simultaneous heating & cooling

Many government buildings have HVAC systems from 30+ years ago. Many of these rely on circulated hot water for heat and circulated cold water for cooling. Often each loop (heating & cooling) has its own control system and they both can be going at the same time - VERY inefficient. Update the HVAC and controls in these buildings - creates short term jobs and saves money and energy over the next 30+ years.

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One email address

Get rid of separate email systems for each department and agency. One email system and address for every Govt worker would save millions.

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Patent Reform

The suggestion is to make the patent examination process similar to what is done for international 371 cases (standardized form). This would simplify allowance and let applicant know what other 'art' reads on the independent claims. This would reduce paper work (from a thesis to a 3 to 5 page form) and shift some of the burden of examination, while improving the quality of the patents issued and reducing the backlog... more »

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Patent Reform

The suggestion is to make the patent examination process similar to what is done for international 371 cases (standardized form). This would simplify allowance and let applicant know what other 'art' reads on the independent claims. This would reduce paper work (from a thesis to a 3 to 5 page form) and shift some of the burden of examination, while improving the quality of the patents issued and reducing the backlog... more »

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Bank Card Reconcile

I have spent inordinate amounts of time in making purchases and reconciling my government purchase card. Enormous amounts of time is spent ensuring proper sources are used such as BPA, FSSI, and section 508 compliance. I have had to spend a great deal of time with some vendors that forget and put tax on the order. As a GS13 step 8, I may spend hours trying to get less than a dollars worth of tax refunded. So the government... more »

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Government Contracts

It seems to be that Government cotracts tend to be are dictated by the contractor, and not the other way around. The government should take more of a stand against these contractors underbidding a contract, and then submitting countless numbers of change requests amounting to millions and millions of dollars. There are a lot of times when the contractors haven't even satisfied simple terms of the original agreement... more »

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Decennial Census Regional Office Close out process

Every Decennial Census Millions of enumerator kits and other supplies are assembled and sent out to Regional Offices scattered throughout the U.S as well as promotional items related to the Census. The contents of these kits and supplies are ordinary items, (Pens, paper, colored chalk, Stickers, carrying bag etc.) that can be obtained anywhere in the country. These kits are assembled at a central location and then shipped... more »

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