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Department of Defense

Reduce Printing

If government offices would take the time to stop and think about how much paper and ink they waste every day, they would be shocked. As an intern I go and make copies and file documents and the waste is so bad that I just want to take everyone on a fieldtrip back to my high school. We couldn't even print more than three pages a day even if we didn't have a computer at home and each extra sheet was 10 cents each. Color... more »

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Department of Defense

Reduce Printing Through Visibility and Accountability

The US Government wastes millions of dollars on unnecessary printing by Federal employees. Not only are paper, toner, and printer maintenance expensive, but storage, destruction, and time searching through hard-copies costs money.

We need to use the print servers to track and report usage by user/branch/department/command. By shining a light on current and historical usage, users will adjust their habits and save money.... more »

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Legislative Branch

Standardization with Customers

In our agency we do testing of any equipment to test to meet Army requirements or any other services. We need a form for them to fill out to specify what needs to be tested, the testing requirements, and constant communication channels to keep the testers and customers in the loop. We also have no military people when it comes to testing unlike our evaluator counterparts who use military evaluators to provide a field... more »

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Department of Agriculture

Stop unnecessary use of overnight & 2nd day mailings

There should be some sort of guidlines about what type of shipping is to be used when sending mail from one office to another within our agency or even outside the agency and I would suspect other agencies & departments. In the USFS many offices are just not in a "next day" location but yet we still utilize next day or express knowing it will take at least two days to get to it's destination. I can fully understand... more »

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General Services Administration

Planned Building Shut-downs

Within an agency, each building will decide on one day per month to shut down operations. This effort will save energy and reduce the agency's carbon footprint, directly reducing energy and real estate costs.

 

Employees will be encouraged to telework, which contributes to happier employees with better work/life balances.

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Legislative Branch

Criminalize vote bartering and ex parte legislative discussions.

When a piece of legislation is brought before a legislative body (either the House or the Senate), it is nothing short of bribery to vote swap (i.e., I'll vote for your bill if you vote for mine; or I'll vote for your bill if you give my district X dollars via an unrelated amendment).

Two rules could fix this:
1) No off-the-record conversations about pending legislation (ex parte communication). It is simply unfair... more »

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Department of Commerce

$187,000,000 Per Year Saved! OPERATION FREEZE THE INK!

OPERATION FREEZE THE INK! 700 pounds and 10,000 pages is what the average worker will print in one year. A 25-30% reduction of printing by 50-60% of federal workers (1,500,000 FTE) would save $187 million in a year! It's not technology that holds us back, it's the will to use it. Implementing a printing cap would make government workers get creative in how a document is electronically delivered.

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Legislative Branch

Balance the Budget.

If the Presdient pledged to veto every unbalanced budget, and followed through with this threat for two terms...
or Congress could simply pass a balanced budget bill, maybe for only ten years just to see how it works. However, it is not in any individual legislator's interest to balance the budget. This is the classic "tragedy of the commons" secnario where we all see that conservation is necessary, but each person... more »

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Department of Defense

Stop Paying Twice for Windows

We buy computers from Dell. Each computer comes with a license from Microsoft. (Sticker with license key) We then buy an Enterprise license to install Windows (any version) on that computer. Dell sells computers without Windows. We can buy our computers without Microsoft licenses, and then install our Enterprise software. (Volume Licensing)

We never use the preinstalled version, and we never use the license key we pay... more »

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Social Security Administration

Combine Federal Data Centers into one Data Powerhouse

Combine all the federal agencies data under one roof. Build a data powerhouse a state-of-the-art facility that provides secure data processing services to federal agencies. The data powerhouse manages mainframe and server operations, monitors the wide area network and provides key service desk, technical support and disaster recovery services for many of the federal governments mission-critical applications.
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Department of the Interior

Reduction and Modernization

I propose that our govt move into a new era where paper decisionmaking is a thing of the past. Technology exists where secure signatures and sharing networks can bring our offices up to the year 2011. We can reduce the burden on our forests and recycling centers! We can reduce the time it takes to get a document from one decisionmaker to another by using software that allows all decisionmakers to view and sign document... more »

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Department of Defense

Reduce and Elimate Contractor Logistic Support (CLS)

How about we work a lot harder to elminate CLS. We already pay soldier, sailor, or airman to do this job. Contractors avoid provisioning parts which delays organic support. The service should provision parts and write manuals since there are very few that are unique over history and most contractors don't finish manuals because they make more money if they fail. CLS is the epitomy of laziness, CLS should only be a... more »

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Department of the Interior

Reuse existing buildings

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