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Stop penalizing agencies for not spending all their FY money

At the end of the fiscal year, agencies that have carryover money are put in a position to spend that money or lose it in future budget cycles. Why not reward agencies for saving money at the years end by ensuring they get the same amount or more in the next budget cycle? Or through some other means of reward where they are not penalized in the next budget cycle for their fiscal responsibility? There is so much government ...more »

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Stop "Spend or Lose" Budgets

The current "Spend it or Lose it" budget idea has got to be one of the worst, wasteful money management ever devised by man. The end of the year "rush' to empty any surplus of funds usually results in the acquistion of items that are, in many cases, really not needed. The results: Replacing last years items with the lastest version (when last years version, still work fine...) new computer screens, office funiture, etc... ...more »

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Are you really listening to us?

Many times the suggestion has been made to stop the end-of-year spending to use up money left in the budget, and to put this money back in the "pot" or apply it to the next year's budget. This suggestion would save MILLIONS - not the paltry amount saved by stopping mailing of a publication. Are you really listening to our ideas or just pacifying us by making us think you really care about wasteful spending?

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Turn off computer monitors at night.

Turn off computer monitors at night. Computer monitors can always be turned off at night. Computer upgrades can occur with monitor screens switched off. Leaving computer monitors on at all times is a huge waste of energy and dollars. It is completely unneccessary!! Let's save those dollars! Let's save that energy! It will also cut our greenhouse gas emissions!

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Uniforms should be made in the USA

I was dissapointed to see that some components of my Government uniform were made in anohter country. Why can't we make the Unites States government uniforms in the United States? I received a hand me down jacket that was made years ago and it was made in the USA... what happend that we needed to take our business elsewhere? If we had them made in the US it would create jobs.... it would also save money to have the uniforms ...more »

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LET ME FIRE SOMEONE

It's so difficult to get rid of a problem employee once they're in the system that I've actually seen supervisors recommend employees be promoted to other offices just to get rid of them. Unless there is physical proof that an employee has stolen government secrets or sexually harassed a minority, it's virtually impossible to fire him or her. I was highly offended by an employee who had been turned in for harassment ...more »

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Offer a Reduced Full Time Employee (RFTE) Status

I propose a Reduced Full Time Employee (RFTE) status for Federal employees. Qualified would be those rated fully successful or better for two consecutive performance reviews, and workers could voluntarily opt to work between 32 & 36 hours per week. A thoroughly trained, well performing employee can achieve productivity outputs in slightly fewer hours with incentive to retain the benefit. Providing this option to employees ...more »

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Really assess mandatory employee training

Mandatory ethics training ... mandatory EEO training ... mandatory charge card training ... mandatory computer security training ... ad nauseam. Has anyone ever assessed the real cost in employee time from these repetitive "dig a hole and fill it up again" annual exercises everyone must go through, whether it's needed or not?

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Eliminate paper tickets at museums and parks

There is no need to continue printing paper tickets at national parks, historical visitor sights, national landmarks, and museums etc. Simply stamp individual's hands with a washable ink stamp. There are plenty of things in the gift shops that they use for keepsakes. Plus it will keep reduce the amount of trash to be cleaned up when they leave.

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Make Save Award Pay for Itself

If 2,000,000 of the total number Federal Employees each spend two hours on the Save Award, then the total cost of the Save Award can be estimated based on an hourly rate. Estimating at a rate of $30 per hour, the total cost is $120,000,000. The Save Award must then save more than $120,000,000 in order to break even. By this estimate, savings greater than $120,000,000 must be generated in order for the Save Award to ...more »

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