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Feral Hog problem in southern states

The feral hog populations in several southern states (Texas to Georgia) are not only destroying private farm land, create hazards for roadways, they are destroying pristine federal wildlife management areas. Often the US Fish and Wildlife will pay to have helicopter crews try to flush these feral hogs out of areas and then they will be euthanized. It seems that the government shouldn't have to pay anything to have these... more »

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Change 5/8 hr day schedule to 4/10 hr day staggered split crew

For agencies requiring 5 day coverage and who are working 5/8 hr shifts. Split the crew into two crews. Change the shift to a 4/10 hr shift. One crew will work M-Th, the other crew work T-FR. This will increase coverage to 10 hrs a day, for 5 days a week without increasing labor cost. It will reduce fuel consumption and green house gas emissions for crews that travel to remote sites driving government vehicles by... more »

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Energy Audit Measures Could Save $5 billion

Energy Audits are complete for a large number of federal facilities. These energy audits produced numerous recommendations that can produce savings at a rapid rate. Some of these measures will pay for themselves in less than a year and begin saving money after that point and far into the future. All measures with a payback of less than five years should be implemented immediately. These energy savings measures will... more »

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Avoid end of year spending sprees

At the end of each fiscal year our agency and many others have a surplus of money for various justifiable reasons. I propose to create an incentive based on rewarding agencies returning all unobligated money, money that does not need to be spent for the purpose of balancing the budget, wish lists, unused or surplus project money, money given through poor planning, cancellations, overbids, or any operating money not committed.... more »

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Reuse existing buildings

Reuse existing buildings when possible. Existing building use is usually more cost effective and is more conserving of resources. It is wasteful to tear down buildings that can be used productively.

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Stop requiring Full Fare Refundable Airfare

Eliminating mandatory FULL FARE REFUNDABLE airline tickets would save MILLIONS. I understand not booking with third party vendors (expedia, etc), but allowing employees to book directly with the airline would save big. Even if the employee changes the ticket 10 times and pays 10 change fees, it's still MUCH cheaper than some of the fares. I just paid $3,000 for a roundtrip from Anchorage to Atlanta. I called one airline... more »

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Encourage People to Work

Workers are productive and they're contributing to social security rather than drawing from social security and other entitlement programs. Folks wanting to work should be encouraged.

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Save By Paying Employees to Use Personal Phones for Government

Most people now have and carry both a personal and a government cell phone. I propose paying a small fee to employees so they will use their personal phone for govenment business and give up their government phone. I personally would be happy to carry only 1 phone and use it for both work and home. The govenment could save money by not having so many cell phone subscriptions. I think some state governments are allready... more »

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Government Goats

Each year the U.S. Federal Government spends about $5 billion to control invasive and noxious weeds like kudzu and cheatgrass. We spray tons of toxic chemicals onto these weeds in a struggle to stem the over $120 billion in damage to the U.S. economy. Instead of just using chemicals, crop-dusters and BLM workers though, we should put native “goats” such as Bighorn, Antelope and Dall’s Sheep on the government payroll!... more »

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Power Down Your Work Stations (Office)

Turn off all electrical devices at the work stations (office) at the end of your duty schedule. Computers, printers, and lights. Unplug all chargers from outlets, radios, personal heaters, fans, and any other electrical items not government issued used. Even when these items are turned off they still use electricity.

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