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Denying Benefits to Actively Wanted Fugitive Felons

The USDA, VA, and SSA have programs, which deny benefits to persons who are wanted in other jurisdictions in local, state, and federal databases for felony offenses. These absconders from justice may use the benefits they receive to further their escape from facing justice and should not be entitled to taxpayer funds until their obligations have been satisfied. This program if implemented at ED is a direct alignment... more »

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Eliminate NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND

No matter how much you measure, use standardized tests, etc, all a program of No Child Left Behind achieves is the Lowest Common Denominator. It needs to be made into 20% SHALL FAIL. Keep increasing the standards, make sure that 20% fail from every grade. This is a competitive country! We need competition in Education. For those that fail, have a support system to focus them toward professions and national needs... more »

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Launch a Government-wide Voluntary Furlough Program

Allow Federal employees to take Leave Without Pay (LWOP) for up to two weeks annually for vacation, family needs, medical, inclement weather. Employees could use the furlough days in one week increments or use a day or two on an as-needed basis throughout the year. Agency Personnal Offices would use a special code that would be used for this leave option so that actual savings can be tracked. Even though employees can... more »

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Electronic timesheets and other forms

Currently all department employees must fill out paper time sheets and SF-71 leave requests. These have to be then typed into a computer system which takes 1 FTE per 400 employees (takes our office staff 1 day per 40 persons for data entry). There are about 1,000 different pieces of office software designed for this function and I'm positive that it would cost less in paper and time to use even the most expensive software... more »

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Better Management of Pell Grant Payments

Students that receive Pell Grants often have other sources of financial aid (such as state-funded programs and scholarships). Students often end up with more college funding than college bills. The surplus can be in the thousands of dollars. Students use this money to buy cars, high-end electronics, and other luxury items not associated with college. This is done at the taxpayer’s expense. Pell Grants should be paid directly... more »

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Saving on Government Travel

If an employee can demonstrate that it is less expensive to the government to travel (fly or car) on official duty from their home base as opposed to their duty station (which they are currently required to do), they should be allowed to do so. For telecommuters, this would be a huge advantage, as well as, a cost savings to the government. For example, if a telecommuter's home base is in Columbus, OH and their duty... more »

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Make public schools go from Kindergarten to College

This will keep more young adults off the streets (less crime), help the poor and struggling middle-class folks obtain an education and compete for jobs, it would create more jobs for the public (teachers, janitors, etc.)... and *help* America's young adults compete in the world-market.

 

It will end the fraud-filled application and selection process in which low income families government money to attend college.

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Foreign Students

American education is by itself a big incentive for foreign students. They may not mind, if they could afford, to be paying their way through schooling in the USA.

 

Otherwise create loans for them like all Americans kids already need to get, so as to encourage and retain brilliant students from other countries.

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Remove Soda Machines from Schools

I suggest to make it a condition for federal funding that public schools do not serve or have soda machines available on the school grounds. The USA is facing a obesity epidemic. One of the leading causes is the amount of sugar in Soda. The medical costs are stagering to treat all the people with diseases that are caused by obesity, such as diabetes, heart conditions, and strokes. This would save millions from Gov't... more »

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Stop educating every child as if they are going to college

Clearly, not everyone is willing and/or able to attend college, let alone graduate. So why prepare every child for college? By not properly preparing those children for their life after high school we are setting them up for failure, and putting enormous strain on the economy. We would be much better off if we prepared them for the jobs they are more likely to have, thereby making them productive contributors to society... more »

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