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Payment systems for State grantees

Develop and implement one web-based payment system for all federal grants awarded to the 56 States and Territories as grantees. The federal agencies use multiple payment systems, yet all funds are requested and drawn down similarly. The download can feed into the Agency database using a key identifier for each program and agency link. This would reduce costs by reducing the number of payment systemts used across government ...more »

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Designated Donations Airport Security Line

A designated donations security line should be established at all large airports where commuters in a rush can pay extra to go through a speedier security line. If one is willing to pay more than the person standing in front of them, they advance ahead in this line. Their donations go to any of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) listed recipient organizations.

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IT Specialist

Improvements ideas: 1.Combine purchasing and storage of common supplies and hardware at DHS level or Component level a.Explanation. Currently such purchases are made at a local level. By standardizing and combining purchases of common supplies and hardware (such as printers, printing paper, pens, computers, etc) at DHS level large discounts can be obtained. Excess property can be re-used more efficiently. 2.Standardize ...more »

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VIBE

In the adjudication of the I-129 petition in the "H" and "L" classifications, it is now mandatory to check the petitioners business in a new program called VIBE. This check adds time to the adjudication of each petition and does not provide information on which a final decision can be primarily based (either an approval or denial). It is my understanding that the program costs multi-million dollars for our Agency to ...more »

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Federal Financial Status Reporting

The federal government requires a standard financial status report Federal Financial Reports (FFRs) using a Standard Form 425 (SF-425). This report reflects the cumulative actual federal monies and unliquidated obligations incurred, local matching contributions, and the unobligated balance of federal funds. We now have grant awards and subawards (and contracts) made by federal agencies as a result of the Government Funding ...more »

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Utilization of Agriculture Specilaist

CBP Agriculture Specialist are a proffesional Series (GS-0401) employees, currently performing Mission Support duties, like Cashiers, Receptionist, etc. While this are a very important Mission Support assignments, DHS/CBP should hire more Mission Suppot Staff and stop spending tax payer's dollars in regular and sometimes overtime for a Proffesional Series Ocupation.

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Armned Officers entering airport TSA areas and flights

Currently every airline, airport, TSA office has different proceedures and rules of registering federal officers who are flying armned. All agents have been issued an identification card with a chip at $ 90.00 per officer. Each card identify the armned agent, his office, and essential security information on an enclosed microchip. It would be cost effective, practicale, and enhance security if this same card can be ...more »

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Photocopying: Deter unethical behavior and generate revenue.

Using Government photocopy equipment for personal copying is an impermissible use of Government property. But almost all Federal employees have a need to photocopy documents for a variety of reasons, and most do not possess their own equipment. Often, it is inconvenient to travel to a packaging or office supply store after work (especially for those who use public transportation). And their workplace may not be near ...more »

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CBP RPM Technician to replace CBP officers

Customs & Border Protection (CBP) currently has 1,460 Radiation Portal Monitors (RPM) installed throughout ports in the United States. These RPMs are currently staffed in multiple shifts by CBP officers, GS-1895-5/7/9/11/12. Their duties are to monitor the system for any radiation alerts, direct drivers to a Secondary Inspection area when alerts occur, perform data queries on the shipment using CBP systems, perform further ...more »

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Deportation Officer

The rules and regulations governing who can receive comp time for travel and under what circumstances are not very clear and can be confusing. I currently work for ICE/ERO. We have been told that if we travel to a training location on a weekend in order to start on a Monday, we can get comp time for the weekend travel. Our duties include escorting dangerous aliens to foreign and domestic locations. We have asked if ...more »

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Officer

Look into some of the higher paid positions Customs

only promotes from Customs or Immigration. And these people walk around doing nothing all day.

Also start purchasing more fuel efficent vehicles and stop bailing out these car companys by buying all new vehciles every three years. We get all the vehicles that get ten miles to a gallon.

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Proactive Requirements and Resource Identification for Tools

Too often over my career as a contractor and Federal employee, I’ve noticed that software tools are often purchase without sufficient requirements from all possible organizations who could benefit from it or its output. If requirements were requested, obtain and weighed, the end result would be a better fit for the needs of the organization as a whole, not just the one group that requested it. The cost savings can ...more »

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Forward Operating Bases (FOB's)

We have 2 Forward Operating Bases in our area of responsibility. These two FOB's costed millions in their creation to tax payers and have an enormous cost every single day through cleaning services and staffing it with agents and utilities etc. To date Camp Ramsey has had not a single apprehension nor has its processing facility been utilized in over 2 years at a cost of millions. Now as of this month we have a second ...more »

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Alternative Work Schedule

Using Alternative Work Schedules (AWS) using a mixture of 8, 10, and/or 12 hour days will provide more bodies to CBP on its busiest days. The peak hours of traffic can be covered with more CBPOs than ever. Easier schdeuling for superviors. Every other weekend off means that the save Sunday pay. Increased traffic speeds and at the same time increase enforcement. More flexibility at work, save on fuel for both employees ...more »

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Car Wash and Fuel Pumps

I would like to suggest that at each main Port of Entry within Customs and Border Protection we install a small economical car wash with one fuel pump. Each driver can wash the Government vehicles and fuel them up at one point. The fuel would be cheaper then paying retail to a gas station and the car wash would pay itself off and more on the savings from paying retail at a privately owned car wash operation. If we could ...more »

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