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Downsize the FAA

Downsize the federal govn't. FAA is one of it's many money pits..not just a furlough is needed. BTW, Non-essential personel ' does not mean lower paid personel. The FAA creates jobs that mean nothing & do nothing, then hire contractors to do the work for them. Most of the FAA & their Fed. Contractors make more money than the average private sector. Retired feds come back as contractors and get paid with federal funds..doing... more »

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Farm Subsidies

Let's get rid of farm subsidies. They are a huge waste of taxpayer money. They don't accomplish what they were intended for - to support small family farms. Instead they go as giant windfalls to mega corporations.,who cynically take this money from the taxpayers' pockets even though they 'don't need or deserve it. If a corporation has chosen to be in the business of growing food, we don't have to gratuitously reward... more »

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Political parties need to work together

We have intelligent men and women in the Democratic and Republican parties who were voted for by the people to support the best interests of the people in the United States. They were chosen to support the President in the decision making laws of our land. Is it possible for these 2 parties to put their differences aside and pull together to come up with some realistic solutions to this debt crisis without shutting the... more »

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Eliminate hot water for bathroom sinks

At our agency we have automatic water faucets in the bathrooms. It is the middle of summer and the water is hot! Why are we spending money to heat water for the bathrooms in the heat of the summer? I suggest using only cold water in the bathroom faucets during the summer months.

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Reducing Energy Costs

According to the FY09 GSA report on Federal Real Property Statistics, the federal government has over 900,000 buildings and structures accounting for nearly 3.4 billion sqft of space. The government spends more than $3.5 billion in utility costs for these buildings. In an effort to reduce energy costs and create jobs the government should mandate the use of insulating coatings, which can be added to the structures at... more »

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Build Student Lodging Facilities at the FAA Academy

There are approximately 1000 students in training every day at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Academy in Oklahoma City. These students are either receiving $82 a day for short-term lodging or $49.20 a day for long-term lodging. At the high end of $82 a day, the taxpayers are paying approximately $1,640,000 a month or $19,680,000 a year for lodging. Additionally, the students receive $66 or $41.60 a day for... more »

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Foreign Trucks on US Highways

Currently under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) trucks can enter the US from either Canada or Mexico. To my knowledge these trucks do not get the same safety inspections as US trucks. The US DOT should implement a program where all foreign trucks are inspected to US standards. This will greatly increase safety on our roadways, create jobs, and generate millions in revenue each year for the federal government.... more »

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Inspector Ronald A. Horak Allegheny FSDO EA-03

I am a senior FAA Principle Operations Inspector with 20 years of service. I have a comment on what we refer to as 4040 flying. The FAA has approximately 1,500 Operations Inspectors that are required to maintain currency in Single Engine, Multi Engine, Turbine and Turbo Jet Aircraft. To accomplish this currency requires an Inspector to enroute to DFW, with lodging, car rentals and Per Diem. We spend at least three days... more »

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Start with the obvious

Government Vehicles - not everyone needs a Tahoe or Suburban, I see government officials ex. (border patrol) with one agent off to a destination when you can get a smaller SUV or Pick up truck with a smaller engine reducing fuel costs and when a big vehicle is needed then one can be dispatched from the station. 2.) Install in all rest rooms, kitchen areas, and break rooms, sensored light switches so that every time someone... more »

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Bus checkpoints to save millions of gallons of gas

At the NASA Glenn Research Center, it's difficult to find parking anywhere on lab. Many people drive a huge 4-door sedan or SUV, just to drive themselves to work. For many suburbs, RTA buses are not spaced optimally for us and using them takes too long to get to work. I propose finding under-utilized parking lots at checkpoints strategically located miles away from federal workplaces and use them for employee parking.... more »

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Upper Management Overload

This may not be a popular idea but I have worked for the governemnt since 1984, and I have noticed that in most federal jobs the government is overloaded with upper management employees. I believe government could save a few dollars if upper management employees are downsized through attrition, (ie. employees earning more than $100K) thus reduce higher paying salaries and task duties (which in most cases these duties... more »

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Govt Employees w/ Secret & Above Clearance as Trusted Travelers

As the topic of trusted traveler status periodically gets raised, consideration should be given to grant trusted traveler staus to government employees holding Secret and above security clearance. This would save tiime and ease the travel experience for federal employess on government business while at the same time lighten the load of our TSA personnel; which is the purpose of a trusted traveler program. It seems that... more »

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Eliminate Hybrid Tax Credit

Let the market regulate more economical cars, etc. Don't mess with the market to decide whether battery or hydrogen fuel cells are the next power source. I'd rather see hydrogen myself (no battery NiCd mining issues, replacement, etc.)

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Lights Out Every Night

I was glad to participate in Secretary LaHood's initiative "Lights Out Weekend". If all Government Agencies would TURN OFF THE LIGHTS AND POWER DOWN EVERY NIGHT it would be a tremendous savings. Turn off the lights in all work areas, conference rooms, copier areas, pantries, storage areas and especially your computers, monitors and printers. The lights in our office automatically shut off but many others do not. It... more »

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