If all government employees who have responsibilities that do not require them to be in the office were to telework just one day a week it would cut down on the DOT benefits program drastically. For example, in my office, I receive approximate $9.50 a day in DOT benefits (San Francisco has high commuting costs), times that by 52 weeks ($494) times that by 60 people ($29640) in DOT benefits in my one office. This is... more »
Department of Education
Our current school year is antiquated, based upon when we were an agrarian society. Other countries send their children to school for a full year (with minor breaks about the year). Not only will our students become more competitive in the global marketplace, but crime will be reduced. Have you ever noticed crime involving teenagers skyrockets in the summer months when they are idle? Although I have not thought through... more »
With the amount of grants and loans the government gives to students we could stucture it better to pay for more individuals to complete college with less debt and a better outcome after graduation. Currently we are giving students loans and grants over and above their college cost. We should be paying directly to the school only for the amount of tuition, books, fees, and necessary materials. Currently we give students... more »
All federal agencies should contract with the U.S. Postal Service to conduct their mailing activities.
There needs to be a formula to limit the number of appointees based on the agency size and the budget of the agency. There are too many entering government service with nothing meaningful to do. Too many travel at government expense for short excursions for speeches that are a waste of tax payer money.
Shared office spaces should be a condition for telecommuting and telecommuting should be offered to all noncritical position employees to reduce the need for one or more building space rental while improving the quality of air in the D.C. area. In this way, the spaces at K St. and Capitol Place could soon be vacant with dramatic cost savings. This would also cut transportation costs via the use of shuttles.
I notice we are at 50% staffing than when I first started. We have many unused cubicles in LBJ and UCP. How about condensing the spaces and sharing cubicles if we telecommute? Since we are going more electronic record-based, we can also condense the paper cabinets that take up floor space as well.
Reading is the key to ALL education. Yet many of our High School grads can't read beyond a 6th grade education. Some grads are illiterate! We need a huge push to ensure all children can read by the time they graduate from elementary to middle school, and we need to catch all those in High Schools and Middle Schools that can't read. This can be done at little cost through Adult Volunteers that come to schools and provide... more »
I understand talking to several military members and I experienced myself that military members who are homeowners are paying a high price to educate their children in various states. Homeowners are paying property taxes which go towards support their local schools and DOD is also paying for those same students. Why is that? Military families are paying double to educate their children if they own a house in the community... more »
The federal government, states, and school districts have spent billions on creating/purchasing software to monitor education. This has led to over a hundred different systems that do not interact well with each other. States then spend millions to integrate district systems with state systems and millions to integrate state systems to federal reporting. Then, when a student crosses state, and sometimes district, lines... more »
The Title IV programs currently consist of multiple grant programs, multiple loan programs, and a work study program. Streamlining the programs into a single grant, a single loan and a single work program would reduce the burden on taxpayers from administering multiple programs with different requirements. It would free up institutional resources at colleges that could be better used to adminster the programs. It would... more »
When calling into the Dept. of Education regarding the status of a student loan consolidation application, callers are subjected to long wait times. A friend used the service and told me that the customer service professional advised her he had to scroll through each alphabet to find a name – her last name starts with an “I” so she had to wait until he went through every preceding letter. It would be so much more efficient... more »
We cannot expect people to eat health if they cannot cook. We cannot expect people to budget if they are not taught how to do it.
Ensure children with special needs receive proper therapy so that they can be contributors to society rather than burdens (which would overall cost far more than proper therapy) - so that they have hope and a future as well as the nation. So that educators will no longer play role as a party to their demise.
All Vo-Tech students leave high school with a diploma and most leave with a certification in a trade. Why are most students denied this opportunity? If the goal is to prepare students for the workforce, get kids into certification programs. They can still go to college but at least they will have usable training as a fall back.