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4 10 hours day schedule

Reducing the work week to 4-10 hour days will save hundred of millions of dollars in a short period of time and billions in the long run, the schedules not neccesary would have to be monday to friday in order to cover the whole week, one suggestion would be to have employees work from monday to thrusday and others from tuesday to friday this will cover the five days with enought personnel to ensure the government is running. ...more »

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Stop the ethnic month and have We Love you for who you are month

It seems like every month there is some ethnic month function going on. Flyers and pictures go up. Luncheons and parties are arranged. Do we really need to have a party for every ethnic group. Can we just narrow it down to one "We Love you for who you are month" that month everyone can have lunch together and talk about their heritage. How much time and money would be saved.

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Deny SS Disability to arriving immigrants.

SS disabilty is being collected by new immigrants effective the day they arrive in the USA. Disability benifits should be restricted to Citizens and Permenant Residents who have worked and payed ito the SS system. Paying arriving immigrants (usually DV1 immigrants) disability without ever having worked in the USA is only draining the available pool of money that should go to people who have worked and paid into the ...more »

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Easy terminiation

It should be MUCH easier to fire employees (ALL employees) who do not perform their jobs as they should be performed. Nothing irritates me more than someone moving up a GS level because “their time is up” but are terrible employees. I think that if employees knew it was much easier to get canned they would be a bit more motivated to do their job. When you talk to someone from the street and mention Federal positions, ...more »

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One Security Clearance to Cover all Agencies

My idea is to have one security clearance, or background check to cover all, or at least most agencies. For example right now a person can already have a Top-Secret clearance with the Department of Defense, and they would have to start a background investigation all over again if they were to apply with another agency, even if it’s only for a Secret clearance. They would have to fill out the same SF-86, the same eQip ...more »

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TELEWORK!!

At least 50% of my duties (and MANY co-workers) are conducted via internet and online systems. There is absolutely no reason that we cannot perform the same duties from home once or twice a week - the savings would be tremendous.

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STOP PROMOTING, WHEN YOU SHOULD BE TERMINATING

Quit promoting individuals who cause problems, and terminate them.

 

Not only are you just causing more trouble for the section, agency, or department they are promoted to, you are also increasing their pay. and continuing to pay them for years, then they retire and you further continue to pay them.

 

Spend some money on investigating them and get them out. Cut ties.

 

Integrity for all

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Stop Bogus Job Interviews

The Federal requirement that most (maybe all?) job openings be competitively offered needs modification. I recently interviewed for 2 openings in departments who currently had employees that did the work required of these openings. Not so strangely, they got the jobs! I would have chalked it up to a chance to perfect my interviewing skills....however, I had to take leave to attend the interviews! I suggest that a waiver ...more »

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Fast track Airport security lanes for Fed employees

Many federal employees have had background investigations in order to obtain security clearances. These people should be allowed to use the fastrack airport security lanes, since it has already been determined that they do not pose a threat to national security, or they would not have a Secrete or Top Secret clearance.

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Limit Home-to-Work Vehicles

CBP, and perhaps DHS in general, provides home-to-work (HTW) vehicles for many top managers. The rationale for this is to enable managers to respond to emergency situations. In fact, few, if any, of these managers have ever been called upon to respond in an emergency. When issues have arisen outside their scheduled workday, most of these managers utilize technology (Blackberries, MobiKeys, etc.) to access critical ...more »

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Pay the SAVE Award Winner a percentage of the savings...

Pay the winner of the SAVE Award contest a percentage of the savings that their idea generates in improving the quality of government output at lower costs or efficiency. This financial incentive would launch the potentiality and the dynamic energy of the brain power of more than 2-million federal employees located around the world. What should be the amount of the financial incentive for an individual winner or group ...more »

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GOVs

I was a GS-5 when I was commuting to and from work an hour and a half one way. I understand that i took my job and that I knew that I would be living that far from work. I am a single mom of two and I wasnt going to pick my kids up and move them from where they grew up right away. What my point is, is that GS-12s and higher get take home vehicles...why? They only live 20 min away 90% of them. If I could afford $450 in ...more »

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Stop FEMA from funding rebuilding in flood plains

Places like much of New Orleans which is below sea level are not fit for human habitation and should not be built upon and instead should be used to naturally control flooding, allowed to return to their natural states as wetlands.

 

Taxpayer dollars should not be spent to rebuild in areas which will surely be flooded again.

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MANDATORY RECYCLING

I am proposing a mandatory recycling program in all United States Government buildings (owned and leased). This will include recycling paper, cardboard, glass, metal and plastic. Recycling programs save agencies money. More items in the recycling bins mean fewer items in the garbage cans. It is a simple equation that will lower the garbage bill time and time again! Recycling programs also create jobs, which in turn help ...more »

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Save money with realistic hours of operation for FEMA

FEMA call center staff currently work 7a-1a Eastern, 7 days per week. 86% of their registrations are taken M-F and 94% are taken from 8a-9p, most by 8pm. Reducing the hours of operation to M-F, 8a-8p would save the Agency upwards of $1M in night/weekend differential pay and $1M+ in nighttime facility services with little degradation in service. FEMA offers a website by which a survivor can check the status of their ...more »

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