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create a federal sales tax on all items not made in America

The federal government should look into creating a federal sales tax on all items sold in the United States that are not made in the United States. Foreign made products that were subject to a trade tariff upon entry into the United States would be exempt. This will create a system where American consumers will want to buy American made goods to avoid paying an extra tax. Those that choose to buy foreign made products ...more »

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Save 1,000,000 Patent Examining Hours Per Year

I'm a 27 year old US patent examiner. I joined the US Patent Office last year. Since then, not only have I realized the gravity of what goes on where I work, but I've realized that because of this, beneficial changes here can mean beneficial changes across our nation. Ironically, the USPTO is not even a choice in the dropdown for this submission. The USPTO is the brain that operates the body of American innovation. ...more »

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Stop Federal Bailouts of Private Industry.

Our nation was founded on a capitalist sytem where individuals and businesses foster the economy, not the government. Industries such as the auto industry for example not only produce vehicles, but are a central part of our defense industrial production capacity. Yet they should not be treated any different from a small business. If they fail, someone or another busines will come along and buy out the company making it ...more »

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Cancel FedEx, UPS, and DHL

And use the postal service. I know for a fact that several people in my office use FEDEX and UPS on non important items/documents when they could easily send these documents via the USPS

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Reduce travel for awards ceremonies

My idea is for federal agencies to conduct awards ceremonies at their home facilities, rather than flying employees to the Washington DC area for awards ceremonies. Since I became a federal employee, I have received two awards for which I was invited to fly to Washington DC for a ceremony; the ceremonies were each attended by dozens of other award recipients from around the country as well as a guest for each employee. ...more »

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This site needs a search function

There are many ideas on this site that are very similar. Depending on when you log in you might see a different idea covering a topic you wish to comment on. Because of that, the total number of people that support an idea get diluted across multiple submissions. An idea might not seem like it has that much support when in reality it does. It would be bad to have employees scanning all the submissions all the time ...more »

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Reduce Travel Expenses

Allow Government employees to fly at the reduced airline ticket rates, (Economy non-refundable). I had the Governement travel office (AdTRAV) purchase my travel ticket, as required by my agency. I purchased my wife's ticket, who was going to travel with me. I paid less than half, for my wife's ticket, compared to what the Government paid for my ticket. OK, my ticket was Economy, refundable, my wife's ticket was Economy, ...more »

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Cut Salaries by 5%...and Work Hours by 10%

Unlike other suggestions similar to this (e.g., 36 hr work weeks with focus on saving office/energy costs), I am proposing a 5% reduction in pay across the board in exchange for a 10% reduction in work hours - again, across the board. We can work smarter...and perhaps harder as well...to accomplish our missions; and this would actually be a net raise per work hour - but with a tremendous benefit in savings to the U.S. ...more »

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$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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Get rid of contract airline fares

Government contract fares "negotiated" with airlines are typically two to three times the cost of the same fares on the open market. These are fully refundable fares, but that does not make them a good deal, because their extra cost is many times greater than any change fees. It is possible to book cheaper non refundable fares, but it requires extra steps and is discouraged. If federal employees could simply obtain tickets ...more »

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Eliminate CFC, or at least streamline

The CFC program spends money on "gifts" for those participating, and spends money printing and mailing booklets and forms for every employee. The booklet information is available online. Why spend all that money to print and ship booklets for every employee? Why not have paperless sign up? This would further eliminate costs. The purpose of CFC is to give back to the community. So why are we then buying and giving ...more »

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American Jobs

The United States does not need to creat new jobs we simply need to bring back the ones that have gone to foreign countries. Companies that continue to send jobs overseas should be fined by the federal government. It jeapordizes our economy and our defense industrialized production capacity. Many factories in this country sit dormant and in caretaker status. After WWII the thought process was for US companies to build ...more »

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