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Department of Agriculture

EEO Assistant

I kept printing printing documents for Final Agency Decision (FAD). We need to save money spending on papers by making sure the FINAL is actually FINAL, then we print it out. Reason why we struggled to do that is because we kept getting criticized on format and grammar. By doing that, we should print one that is available for critics throughout the process to the last stage, then print the Final Agency Decision.

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Simplify Conservation Contracts

Farm Bill Conservation Program Contracts have become increasingly difficult to administer with current contracting rules and software. Move towards a contracting system that allows for greater schedule flexibility for the participant. Currently contracts must be routinely modified and rescheduled with changes in the plan of operations. Put in place a contract system that allows for allocation of funds for conservation ...more »

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E-mail use

Employees spend excessive amounts of time looking at e-mail. Reduce Nationwide e-mails, send to states to let leadership there decide appropriate distribution.

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Leverage loans in foreclosure

Leveraged loans offer advantages to both the Agency and applicants. To encourage participation by other lenders, the Agency subordinates its lien position to a leveraged lender providing at least 20 percent of the financing. However, when the prior lien holder declares the security instrument in default and files foreclosure, the RD offices usually find out when it’s too late to take remedial action and the case has a ...more »

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Conservation Technician

Many field offices have several vehicles. Some are full sized pick-up trucks that are not easy on gas. I think there should be a policy that these trucks are not driven unless needed for carrying equipment or ahuling trailers. it makes no sense to drive a big truck to simply visit a work site or go to training or another office. The policy should be to use the smaller lighter vehicles as much as possible. Many of ...more »

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Smart investments in NEPA

We've become 'NEPA junkies'. Stop undertaking NEPA projects that have little or no chance of actually being implemented (either due to lack of budget, legal issues, etc,). NEPA analysis is time consuming, expensive, and goes 'stale' after a while. Yet, we continue to undertake large NEPA projects that will probably never be implemented.

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eliminate carryover funds

Either eliminate carryover funds all together or subtract them from the approved budget for the new fiscal year. A lot of unnecessary spending occurs when large pots of carryover funds are made available on top of the new years budget. It's usually a scramble to figure out what to do with the windfall of funding. Provide incentives for managers to return unneeded funding and use this to pay down the national debt.

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Transit Contract - USDA APHIS Minneapolis

Through 12/31/2010, the USDA participated in the MetroPass Program to provide transportation subsidy to its employees. The MetroPass program was originally structured to contract annually with companies based on a fixed number of riders. Companies could opt to make payments to Metro Transit either annually or quarterly. DOT elected to make an annual payment on behalf of APHIS riders. Due to a recent downturn in the ...more »

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Vehicle Purchase

In the recent decade we used federal funds to assist many federal companies. As some of them we still own stock in. however we dont get anything for that as the market is not recovered. Why dont we offer to sell the shares in stock to GM or Chrysler at fair market value and instead of payment get the vehicles that we need as an agency. Also in the year 2010 Gm was supposed to introduce a 4.5 L Izuzu Diesel also known ...more »

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Government-Wide Printer Cartridge Rebate Program

Many large office supply chains currently offer rebate/discounts on printer cartridge purchases when you turn in your used cartridges for recycling at the time of purchase of new cartridges. The federal government should establish a national collection center for all used printer cartridges and also negotiate for similar discounts on bulk purchases. The benefit could be maximized by establishing minimum quantities/frequencies ...more »

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Insurance Premium Rewards

Begin a program where physical fitness and healthy eating are reflected in health insurance premiums. For example, the employee's premiums are $100 less per year if the employee is enrolled at a gym or self-certifies a fitness routine for 12 months the prior year. There could be a web-based system where employees log their steps or minutes of fitness activities, along with on-line coaching for healthy eating.

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EXCESSIVE PERSONNEL

I've been an inspector for 35+ years in which i've been at a Ground Beef Plant that has 2 Production shifts for going on 12 or 13 years. For 11 of those years I covered the second shift with a 2 hour call back every day. About 1and 1/2 years ago the Agency decited to to put a full time inspector on second shift with the only requirement being that the inspector be at the plant for 8 hours a day without having any other ...more »

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Assist in preventing fire by removing fuel

Campers at State Parks and National Parks have asked to use wood there at the parks. They have been told to not even pick up a stick of wood & burn it. We haul wood to the campgrounds. If the Forest Service only allowed the campers to pick up the brush and trees on the gound, this would save money and help save the forests from being destroyed by fire. If the Forest Service marked trees that the Forest Service wanted ...more »

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