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Use SharePoint/InfoPath for InHouse Grant Competition Management

The Federal Government already licenses software packages such as Microsoft SharePoint and InfoPath that can be effectively used to operate and manage competitive grant application review processes. Currently, the IT infrastructure for most grant competitions relies on contractor built systems that unnecessarily cost the government millions of dollars. Case Study: For a recent $2 billion Recovery Act funded grant competition, ...more »

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Public Housing Should not be a Permanent Option

Place a limit on abled bodies for Public Housing. Fairly healthy individuals, between the age of 18 through 55, should be capped on the number of months that they can receive Housing assistance. However, the Gov't should enroll these individuals in a job training program, and assist them i nfiding a job after the completion of the training program.

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Allow for half days of telework

Sometimes, full day telework is not an option in certain departments because of morning weekly meetings. If, however, employees were able to come into work in the morning, leave at lunchtime, and telework the 2nd half of the day, telework would be able to be used more often. This wider use of telework would allow for more savings in the telework program since people would better be able to take advantage of the program. ...more »

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Use telework to consolidate workspace

Recently, telework has been gaining steam with more and more employees taking advantage of the program during the past year. What this has led are a large amount of employee days where cubicles and desks are left unused and these are days when this space and equipment is being wasted. For example, consider a department with 10 employees who each telework 2 days a week. In this scenario, there would be a total of 20 ...more »

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Standards of Conduct for Low Income Section 8 Housing Assistance

The Housing Choice Voucher Program, or Section 8 housing (offered through the HUD) helps low-income individuals with rent payments. An individual can choose to live in a privately owned rental property in a better area of town and only pay about 30% of the rent. In other words a low income family can live in a good neighborhood where rent runs $1,500 a month and only pay around $450 per month. The problem occurs when ...more »

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Telework

Employees whose jobs qualify for telework must be allowed to do so 5 or 4 days a week with ocassional office presence for meetings. This is because, it will reduce the government's cost of space, utilities, commuter subsidies etc. Above all, it will reduce pollution. The government should shift the costs mentioned above to employees in return for family-work balance.

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Welfare -Work for Funds

Save Billions and Billions. Establish Welfare as a Work for Funding type project. Hundreds of empty office spaces are available around the country that could be put to good use. Establish a administrator and minimal staff. The remaining portion of the staff and other WELFARE recipents would then work a set number of hours each month in order to get the full amount of their welfare. Section 8 and Welfare would work ...more »

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Modify Section 8

In the 80s the government told welfare single mother to go back to school, and we left our children home to raise themselves. What a mess we made. Our children are lost.

 

Today, we should mandate that welfare single mothers are responsible for 1/2 of the rental payment and that they work part-time. This generational cycle has to stop.

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Section 8 housing

When you recieve public housing in other countries, if the property is not taken care of after the first year, you no longer qualify for free/reduced housing. We should require they sign a contract and the contract must be adhere to. Otherwise,they are terminated from getting the free or reduced housing. It cost the government alot of money to constantly remodel these housing complexes.

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Eliminate Unnecessary Training and Let's Get Back to Work!

My PIH Director keeps asking us to take ALL kinds of training on-line. While I understand it is on-line, please be reasonable. We should not be spending sooooo much of our time on completing "training courses", when a great number of them are IRRELEVANT to what we do. How many times can I tune into EPC/Reasonable Accommodations/How to be Obedient/How to speak on the telephone/how to dress/how to interact. Perhaps ...more »

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Time limitations on HUD Section 8 rent subsidies

Currently, there are no time limits on how long a tenant can receive rent subsidy through the HUD Section 8 program. My observation as one who owns rental property, is that the renters become complacent and actually demotivated to go and look for work. If they work more, their vouchers are cut. I believe the program should help those who need help, but only for a limited period of time. There must be some motiviation ...more »

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Get rid of Sharepoint

We do not need this system. It is a total waste of Government money. Who looks at it, but the Field Office Monitors, anyway. it is just one more thing to do.

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