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Department of Education

Kill the Dept. of Education

the US Government only runs a few schools (Military Academies) no need for an entire Dept.

 

Last time I checked education was up to the states. Stop dictating crap to the states.

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It's like freecyle, but better--it's for office supplies!

Being a college student, I really don't have a budget to get items I need ( like books, hangers, whatever) so I often turn to the service Freecycle--which I guess inspired me with this idea. Since each Department is complied of many offices, I think we should create an inter-office supply network. Similar to the website/program Freecylce, offices within each Department can post wanted ads for supplies they need and offices... more »

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Increase temperature in government buildings

I work at the Department of Education and no matter what time of year it is my colleagues and I are almost always uncomfortably cold in our building. I assume that there are probably people in other agencies who experience the same problem. People have brought in sweaters, jackets, space heaters, and blankets to try to keep warm in our meat locker of an office. Last summer (2010), when the "Energy Curtailment Plan" was... more »

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Do value analysis for College Degrees

The amount of student loans and grants could be reduced if we need the value of the degree in question. If a dgree from school X is worth more that school Y, we could adjust accordingly. Also, if certain majors are of little value we could offer less aid to people pursuing those degrees.

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Environmental Regulations for All Public Schools

Dear Mr. President and Mr. Vice President: Congratulations for opening this important dialogue! As a former MA & GA Teacher, and now a current DC Public School Teacher, I have been appalled at the enormous waste generated by our public schools, nation-wide. I have worked with my principal for 2 years, trying to get a simple recycling program started in our building. We asked the Mayor's office, the DOE, and even private... more »

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Paperless Filing

The federal government should track performance of the taxpayer dollars in programs and initiatives that have proven records of success and fix or end programs that do not. The status quo within the federal government does not support this claim. Paperless filing could help move the government in that direction in the following ways: 1. Smarter data tracking- Paperless files can be pulled into databases; data can then... more »

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Better Screening Before Students Get Scholarship Funding/Grants

There are numerous scholarship funding opportunities within the government. Many are designed to attract individuals into government service. The problem is that “government service” has many restrictions – i.e., one cannot have certain convictions or other things on their records. Often times, the first two or three years of school (tuition, books, medical, etc.) are paid for by the government “for free”. Then when... more »

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Reduction or elimination of certain political appointments

In the Dept. of Education 75 special or confidential assistants were appointed to the Secretary, Undersecretaries and Assistant Secretaries. These are 75 positions that could easily filled by current government staff who have more experience, and institutional knowledge than these "outsiders" who are given jobs simply to reward them for their political loyalty. The resulting elimination of these appointments would result... more »

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Stop purchasing new tools for internal collaboration and use MAX

The MAX Federal Community is a nuanced, robustly supported Atlassian Confluence wiki that 47,000+ Executive Branch Feds are on right now. Among other things, it supports the Budget Formulation & Execution Line of Business, but it can be used for any governmental purpose. Spaces can be easily configured to be agency-only or interagency; open or restricted, and they can be customized to meet the needs of the group. It... more »

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Testing Federal Employees

Federal employees should be tested on content knowledge for their specific jobs and assignments. Mandatory development plans, based on these tests, would be very helpful in assuring federal worker preparedness for their positions.

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Default printers to double-sided black ink

Most of the printers are set to single-sided copies, and the color printers default to color copies. Much of what is printed includes work in draft form or information for reference that may not need to be in single page or color format, but ends up being printed as such because it is the default option once you press "print." We could save on paper (financially and environmentally), and reduce the cost of expensive... more »

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College Student Loans

The federal government needs to do more than handing out college student loans and expecting only a financial payback. Our country needs a system where individuals could offer to pay partial or fully the amount of their student loans back with some form of volunteer public service. This could apply to all degree fields, medical, engineering, envionmental, emergency response, criminal justice, science, education, business.... more »

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