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
Department of Commerce
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.
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 »
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.
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.
Get rid of separate email systems for each department and agency. One email system and address for every Govt worker would save millions.
Allow federal employee to catch rides on military and federal planes scheduled to go to the same destination.