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Government Can Do Better in Choosing Managers-A Return to Ethics

The appointment of managers, supvs and dept chiefs should not be weighed solely on how well an applicant can answer oral testing as compared to other applicants or how well written questions are answered. So much weight is placed on oral interviews that other dynamic factors are overlooked. Education has limited bearing on selection. How many management courses has the applicant had? How is the prospective manager perceived ...more »

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close all VA health care centers

I think I have a winner idea. When can close down all VA Hospitals and the VA can act as an insurance provider and out source all medical care. We would have much less overhead and staffing to pay for, public sector doctors would benefit making local communities better, and veterans could choose health care near where they live. Just keep the VA entity intact for administrative purposes. Heck yeah.

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Maximize utilization of licensed counselors

The Department of Veterans Affairs is currently unnecessarily restricting its internal pool of candidates for many positions currently open to social workers. The obvious cost of this policy is the loss of opportunity to have ensured the hire of the best qualified candidates. A licensed counselor has undergone the same degree of education and supervison as a social worker. A licensed counselor also performs the same ...more »

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Governement Issued Blackberry

Blackberry's are a critical piece of equipment for many employees in the VA. There is however no need for all blackberry's to be government purchased. Users not in critcal patient cares role that need blackberry's simply to communicate with staff could, and should purchase these devices themselves. Blackberry's connect to a managed blackberry server. Every device connected is automatically forced to recieve policy ...more »

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Reduction of Workers' Compensation Costs

As the Worker’s Compensation Coordinator for my facility, I presented to my management officials a suggestion to reduce the compensation on our yearly Chargeback costs for our long-term periodic roll claimants and it has been accepted as a pilot program. I suggested that we combine the Presidential POWER Initiative and the Presidential Telework Enhancement Act to possibly re-employ several of our long-term periodic roll ...more »

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Initial, Mid Career, and End of Service Career Counseling

The first component entails informing veterans of opportunities and programs that exist and can be beneficial to them in many ways. This starts by taking VA HR personnel and assigning them to sections of the nation where they are readily available to military bases to work with commanding officers to conduct periodic information sessions with group members. Information disseminated allows veterans to remain current on ...more »

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Utilize Current Technology to Reduce Travel Costs

By using our Video telecommunications System or Microsoft Office Communicator for Live meetings, we can reduce travel costs for training significantly. Instead of having employees travel to one designated area for a certain training, the training facilitators can offer the training via V-tel or Office Communicator. This would eliminate having to spend money on airfare, baggage fees, taxi, shuttle bus, hotel stay, parking, ...more »

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Regional and Area Office Site Visits by Video Teleconferencing

All Regional and Area Office Site Visits should be conducted by teleconferencing. The time spent travelling, in additional to the mileage and hotels required, cost the Federal Government millions of dollars yearly. Videoteleconferencing is a very effective method of communication and is commonly used in the private sector. The advances in automation now allow ROs and Area Offices to see the same listings and documents ...more »

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Minimize color printing

If the Government really wants to cut down on wasteful spending, they need to limit color printing. Our office, of less than 200 employees, spends over $7K/month on color printing costs. We use two Xerox machines with each requiring one black and three color drums ($771/ea), five color and black toners ($280 - $300+/ea), a fuser (over $800), etc. We change color drums about twice a month. Many people in our office ...more »

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start firing the lazy people at the VA

I don't know how many times I see poeple who can't cut the mustard as an employee keep their jobs. This is fraud, waste and abuse and our veterans deserve better. I see people at the VA personnel taking long lunches, surfing the internet, and NOT doing their jobs. No one gets fired just a routine day..... Enough is enough, take some responibility, due a gut check , and then let the DEAD WEIGHT go. I don't think it will ...more »

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Require Employees to Clock In/Out

I currently work at the VA Medical Center in Indianapolis. Numerous employees come in late to work or leave a few minutes early. This time is not accounted for and would save the VA a substantial amount of money if employees were required to clock in and out. It would save money because if the employees continue to come in to work late, the time is accounted for by docking the sick/vacation pay.

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Eliminate mail reminders of appointments for patients

Instead of mailing multiple reminders to veteran and military patients pateints, the organization can email or phone the appointment reminders. This will not only cut down on postal costs but paper costs too. The automated reminder system will be sent via email or phone whichever is preferred by the patient. The preference will be specified upon registration into the health system.

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FedTraveler

I am an employee at the DVA and am getting ready to travel to a conference on Veterans' Mental Health. To book a plane ticket, we have to use the fedtraveler.com system, which is horribly inefficient. The web-site is very poorly made and confusing. When the site connects to the reservations portal so that I can select my flights, the cheapest contract flights on the screen are no longer available. This forced me ...more »

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I just wasted an hour looking for the submission I put in!

I just wasted an hour looking for the submission that I input several days ago because there is no search system to recall your message. I even used the keyword search. While looking through the pages, I saw hundreds of similar ideas. Instead of having that many ideas with a few “likes” If the site had a way to catalog similar ideas by keyword, the time wasted searching would be reduced, and a better count of feedback ...more »

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