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Honey and Cinnamon for Weight Loss

Honey and cinnamon are a known name in both oriental and Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. The mixture of cinnamon and honey are used as a home remedy for many diseases. And, this is not a word of belief but a fact that proven by studies and researches. Both the ingredients have its own unique healing power. Cinnamon’s come with essential oils and honey have enzyme factor and together it produces a mixture that able to ...more »

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I.T. Policies

A system of Uniform domain names for NYS entities

establish a systematic strategy for names of official government websites of NYS entities. Any city, town, etc. should be - cityname.ny.gov (e.g. Albany.ny.gov, or nassau.ny.gov) whereas counties should be - countyname.ny.gov (e.g. Albanycounty.ny.gov or nassaucounty.ny.gov) or else at - countyname.county.ny.gov (e.g. Albany.county.ny.gov or Nassau.county.ny.gov) For example, the city of Albany, NY website is ...more »

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Social Media / Networking

Location Based Social Media Tools

I think many New York State agencies can benefit from using location based social media tools. For example, SCVNGR (http://www.scvngr.com/) is like Foursquare in the fact that users check in to locations and can see their friends. However, it differs in that people can earn points by finishing challenges and completing treks (where people visit multiple locations). Also, unlike Foursquare, SCVNGR is looking to help out ...more »

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Cost Reduction Strategies

On site health centers reduce the cost of health care to all.

On the topic of 'Reducing State Spending’: there is an article in the July 20 ed. of Government Technology entitled, 'Local Governments Cut Health-Care Costs With Free On-Site Health Clinics for City Workers'@ http://www.govtech.com/gt/articles/766548 This onsite healthcare entity is independently run, has confidential medical records (stored off site electronically), and has shown to reduce costs of premiums, co pays, ...more »

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Cost Reduction Strategies

Printing....

A recent article caught my eye, potential 5-10% savings on printing costs by switching fonts….. By DINESH RAMDE, Associated Press Writer Dinesh Ramde, Associated Press Writer Tue Apr 6, 4:17 pm ET MILWAUKEE – Here's a way you might save $20 this year: Change the font in the documents you print. Because different fonts require different amounts of ink to print, you could be buying new printer cartridges less often ...more »

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Workforce Management

SEFA

In the future, SEFA may be able to partner more with their state affiliations. Emails and online documentation could be proliferated to cut costs of getting the word out. One distributed notification of SEFA providing 100% of donations to charities, would greatly increase participation. If this could be realized, it could make the difference in one hungry child. I would be willing to donate my time on nights or weekends ...more »

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I.T. Policies

Revisit the web filtering procedure

The CIO/OFT web filter often prevents access to websites needed for me to do my job, either because of false positives or false assumptions. This usually hits at the worst time-pressed times, so the current process for asking for an exception is too cumbersome. Specific examples of a: - False positive: Assigned task, research security issue. A website that mentions the word "hacking" is misinterpreted as a prohibited ...more »

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I.T. Policies

Establish an information bank of policies, training materials, procedures, manuals, etc that can be accessed by all agencies

Staff of state agencies frequently prepare information for administrative and other activities that is or may be useful and applicable to other government entities. Currently, some of this information may be shared informally, but it would be of great help to everyone if there were to be a centralized repository so staff could save time and effort (thus effecting cost savings) in researching and writing original materials ...more »

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Social Media / Networking

SecondLife ~ Virtual New York

Hello, as part of a community Health Information Exchange social media project, we've created a New York Statewide Virtual World in SecondLife (http://www.secondlife.com). Would be interested in demonstrating/collaborating/sharing our project as it might fit with the Empire2.0 intiative. We are planning to open in SecondLife in mid-july.

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Open Government

Statewide Public Data Cataloging and Access Tools

A Federal website called data.gov is working with states and local governments to launch their own sites with access to machine-readable data and it looks like New York is not at the moment participating. Whether New York collaborates with data.gov or not, the concept behind what they are doing is compelling and worth investigating. One of the goals beyond making public data readily available is to encourage innovative ...more »

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Workforce Management

HR Open House- Option 2

Option 2: HR could host a series of regularly scheduled training programs geared at providing interested employees with information on topics such as: eligible lists, exam announcements, how to study for a State exam, the Civil Service ‘Rule of Three’, etc. Employees would schedule attendance and HRS would provide each attendee with specific information related to their title, including transfer options, exam history, ...more »

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Workforce Management

HR Open House Survey

Human Resource Services is interested in your feedback! Would you be interested in attending an HRS open house? The open house would be held monthly and designed to assist employees with understanding the Civil Service merit system, discuss individual career options and opportunities, and provide general career and recruitment guidance. Please vote yes or no to either of the options indicated below: Option 1: HRS ...more »

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Workforce Management

NYS Civil Service Eligible List Management System (ELMS) Announcement

Eligible List Management System (ELMS) NYS Department of Civil Service now offers a tool to view Civil Service eligible list information online. Visit the Eligible List Management System (ELMS) at http://www.cs.state.ny.us/elmspublic/ to look up eligible lists by list number, list name, or job title. For example, you can look up the eligible list for Professional Careers Test (Human Resources) by typing in that eligible ...more »

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Cost Reduction Strategies

Reducing printing and copying costs

CIO/OFT is implementing steps to reducing spending on paper, print supplies, maintenance and purchases of printing equipment. These steps include configuring all network printers to default to duplex printing, electronic transmission of documents to the maximum extent possible, minimizing the provision of printed material at meetings, presentations, etc. We are soliciting employee ideas to further reduce costs associated ...more »

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Open Government

Encourage Semantic Markup and Linked Data as a Best Practice

The W3C (http://www.w3.org/) defines the Semantic Web as an evolving development of the World Wide Web in which the semantics of information and services on the web is defined, making it possible for the web to understand and satisfy the requests of people and machines to use the web content. Tim Berners-Lee("Inventor of the web") coined the term Semantic Web back in 1999. Today it is frequently referred to as Linked ...more »

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Cost Reduction Strategies

Reducing the CIO/OFT Carbon Footprint

As an off-shift worker at the State Campus Data Center I am often amazed at the number of lights and computers not in use, being left on for the entire weekend. As of environmentally conscious member of CIO/OFT, I think that during this fiscally challenging times it would be beneficial to enhance the awareness of the cost of keeping these assets left on when not in use. In addition to the money saved it could also serve ...more »

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Accessibility

Find Alternative to the closed font CIO/OFT is using, TW Cen MT

Two of the five elements identified by federal CIO Vivek Kundra and others as furthering the administration's technology innovation are "open and transparent government" and "participatory democracy." But how can individual members of the public and small businesses participate in their government if their government is using closed tools? I understand the appeal of our agency-wide TW Cen MT font - it is lean, efficient, ...more »

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Workforce Management

Training

We use Ilinc remote classroom training and we're saving a lot of money compared to the cost of sending trainers to counties and New York City. One distinct advantage of this approach is that it enables us to train one or two people from a district while training others from other districts simultaneously. Page-specific help should be a standard for all New York State agency applications. It augments (and in some cases ...more »

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