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Department of Health and Human Services

Make it legal to reuse or recycle cardiac pacemakers

Making it legal to reuse pacemakers could save money in U.S. Federal Government Programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans Administration, etc.

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"A pacemaker device is designed to last anywhere between 6 and 10 years. Though FDA regulations does not permit the recycling of pacemakers for humans in the United States, we have come to find many... more »

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Department of Energy

Stationary Warehouses at Federal Agencies

A Stationary Warehouse is a storeroom dedicated to the collection, storage, and redistribution of unused or lightly used stationary and other office supplies previously purchased for official government use. As envisioned, a Warehouse resides in any federal building (e.g. DOE Stationary Warehouse, FAA Stationary Warehouse) and is located near the office supply store to allow employees to easily locate and search the... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Recycle new & used office supplies at a central location

Here at Central Office for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (in the Department of Health and Human Services), a table recently was set up to display office supplies. Staff bring unwanted items (both new and used) to this table located in a central location in the building, and other staff look over the items and take those items that they will use.

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Department of Health and Human Services

Moving in/out list-serve/ website

NIH provides excellent training opportunities for vast and diverse set of nationals. These significant number of intramural trainees move in near vicinity of NIH to commute back and forth. Most of them would be around for 2 to 5 years least and move ahead with their career plans. Depending on choice, trainees prefer to look out for moving sales to setup their apartments. If each big/small organization like NIH sets up... more »

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General Services Administration

Federal "Classifieds"

Have a clearinghouse for office supplies, furniture, computer equipment, uniforms, anything that people can use that they may not need anymore, or have a surplus on, that other people may need. Instead of always buying new stuff, save money by using something already purchased, or reusing. May also reduce waste. Uniform caches for all agencies that use them, so not always buying new ones, especially if in good condition,... more »

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Executive Office of the President

A Sustainable, Efficient, and Green Solution

I propose a solution that improves the government's use of funds in a sustainable, green, efficient manner that fosters education and creativity while linking the country together and allowing kids to create and explore. I propose the government catch up and do what private industry has been doing for decades. Places like RAFT (Resource Area for Teaching) combine industry “waste” and turn trash into treasures for teachers... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Recycle Medication Containers

The orange medication containers that VA prescription drugs come in are #5 recyclable. If bins were located throughout the facility (by entrance/exit doors) and in the outpatient pharmacy area, people could drop off their empty medication containers, as they keep appointments or place their refill orders.
These medication containers could then be recycled and reused thus saving the VA and US citizens money, lessen... more »

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Department of Defense

Streamline DRMO

DRMO, used to reutilize and/or dispose of government property, is too bogged down. People do not use the program as much as they should because it is a hassle (paperwork, appointment making, no local access). It should be streamlined/replaced/or supplemented with local programs. Each base should have their own warehouse/storage area (does not have to be air conditioned/heated, lighted only when necessary) that any... more »

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General Services Administration

Federal Freecycle for Federal Agency Administrators

Federal agencies should establish a “freecycle” like email listserv or website page in each region or metropolitan area to make available no-longer-needed items to other federal agencies that can use them. Agencies can circulate either “OFFERS” or “WANTS” to other agencies.

Freecycle is a concept that has found widespread acceptance throughout the country, and the same idea can be applied within the federal sector.... more »

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Department of Defense

Utilize eBay-like system for redistribution of unwanted items.

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Valuable equipment that is disposed of via the Defense Reutilization Management Office (DRMO) process often results in a lost opportunity for reuse within the DOD and other government organizations. This is due to the narrow visibility given to item being disposed of. If greater visibility were given to a specific item in the DRMO process, then there would be a greater chance for reuse to occur.... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Reuse, Sell or Donate

There are many times when the government updates equipment/furniture. I have frequently seen old equipment/furniture thrown away. This includes computers, TV's, lamps, bedside tables, etc. In an effort to be more environmentally friendly and save money, it would be more effective to either re-use the equipment elsewhere in the VA or with another local agency, sell or publicly auction the old equipment to recover some... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Recycling

We waste thousands of large plastic containers daily, simply because there is no recycling sytem in place at the VA. This includes large containers of used cranberry, lemonade, fruit punch and apple juices daily on each unit. Not to mention all the wasted paper, cardboard, aluminum etc. We should research other company's who have implemented cost saving recycling systems successfully (like Target for example) and adopt... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

NIH/NIAID FreeStuff website: Reuse, Recycle, Resource

We are building a user-friendly website where staff can post, search, and exchange equipment and supplies they no longer need. NIAID (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) conducts and supports basic and applied research to better understand, treat, and ultimately prevent infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases. Our intramural research programs require substantial operational expenses, including... more »

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