Tax reform is badly needed to balance the budget and decrease the deficit. All governments payments should be taxed. Self-employed individuals who receive government payments offset the income with expenses on the IRS returns. How do they incur expenses on income that was direct deposited to their account? They do not even pay for gasoline to go get the check; however, they pay no income tax on the money. Government ...more »
Compile different, close to home, training for Providers to earn the needed CEU's/Contact hours in order to keep licenses current. At this time, each provider picks the training they want to go to and are given an allotted amount of money to use during the fiscal year for this. To save money, it would be in the government's best interest to encourage the providers to go to conferences provided in their communities ...more »
Many government travelers wrongly submit on their travel voucher for foreign hotel lodging by using the exchange rate given to them by the hotel. This rate is not the same rate charged by the government credit card vendor. Consequently, many overseas travelers are submitting claims for overseas lodging that are greater than what they were actually charged. Travelers should be required to submit a copy of their government ...more »
OHS spends millions of dollars worth in time and salaries of federal employees and contractors looking at grantees process of compliance with 1,800 federal performance standards. It takes planning time, 1 week of travel on-site, and sometimes months to issue a report with findings. OHS chould choose a small number of outcome measures for grantees to report on (e.g., dental exams, health exams, cognitive gains in the ...more »
I discussed an idea with VT and NH on how to contain Medicaid costs to the States. The MetLife Study of Caregiving Costs to Working Caregivers: Double Jeopardy for Baby Boomers Caring for Their Parents, says nearly 10 million adult children over the age of 50 years who are cargivers are losing almost $3 trillion in lost wages, pension and Social Security benefits in the aggregate. For an individual female caregiver, ...more »
Employees should have stricter limits on server usage, including stricter caps on Outlook inbox size and caps on memory usage in shared network drives. Limiting per capita network memory usage would decrease the need for more servers (saving costs on hardware, storage space, and upkeep) and would help to avoid costly network crashes.
HUD's Partial Claim program is designed to give extra fiscal life to homeowners in fear of foreclosure. When HUD extends funds to cover the delinquency of the senior mortgage, it has a mortgage recorded as security. However, the title of the Partial Claim mortgage is "Subordinate Mortgage". Unfortunately, many of the county clerks recording the mortgages miss interpret "Subordinate" as "subordination", and as a result ...more »
Currently, many Medicare beneficiaries have coverage based on ESRD only (i.e. they are not 65). This coverage is either for ongoing dialysis and/or helps cover transplantation and subsequent immunosuppressive drug therapy. However, the coverage only lasts for only 36 months post transplant. When this unique Medicare benefit expires, many beneficiaries are left to cover the cost of the immunosuppressive drugs on their ...more »
Systems implementation waste HUD is currently implementing an integrated core financial systems with IBM is cost millions of dollars. It is my understanding that other organizations are doing the same with other contrators. I believe that government can save if contractors are either eliminated or reduce and more qualified people are higher to do the job. Some of the contractors don't have the experience that is needed ...more »
Eliminate the shuttle service between offices and METRO center.
A lot of federal jobs have minimum qualifications that include a college degree or professional certification. When you require those things, you have to pay a higher salary than to a high school grad. The question is, how many jobs actually need college diplomas or professional certifications? All jobs should be looked at to make sure the minimum qualifications are really needed to do the job and then the jobs should ...more »
Replace old clocks that need to be reset when the time changes with daylight savings. Install radio controlled clocks in all work spaces. This idea will eliminate the twice a year adjustment for daylight savings. It will also ensure that all clocks reflect the same time. It will help federal employees to improve efficiency by wasting less time waiting for meetings to begin.
Federal employees historically did not have FICA coverage and did not have Medicare. When coverage became mandatory, action was never changed to provide a supplement to Medicare as an option for Federal employees who take federal health insurance. Instead of buying (and the government also paying for a significant part) a full health insurance, federal employees who have Medicare should be able to choose a Medicare ...more »
when children born in hospitals are awarded ssi, they are paid a full ssi benefit the month of release because ssi rules state that since they were not in the parents household on the first of the month, the parents income is not considered until the following month. many of these children are not eligible in these later months because the parents income is too high for eligibility, sometimes by hundreds of thousands ...more »
Distinguished Sir or Ma'am, Having worked civil service in both DOD and USDA-FS, I am continually faced with the budgeting restrictions that tag monies allotted for a particular year as "must spend." Many regulations require budgeted allotments for any given fiscal year as monies that must be spent or obligated within that fiscal year. This creates a "must spend" attitude, regardless of which agency or department. ...more »