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Change the End-of-the-Year Spending Policy

The end of the year use-it-or-lose it spending policy encourages wasteful spending while penalizing frugality.

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No Government Employee Should Make More Than the President

No Federal Government employee should make more than the President. This would include the quasi government organizations of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the World Bank, etc. Too many employees in these organizations are making far more than they should be. According to CNN in 2009, chief executive officers of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac got annual pay packages worth approx $6 million apiece, while other top execs pulled ...more »

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Set temperature limits for federal buildings

Several years ago, Pennsylvania state government set a limit of 75 degrees for air conditioning in state buildings (with several exceptions as appropriate) as part of an effort to be more energy efficient and to save money. The policy made sense. There's no reason why we should have to wear numerous layers in our offices on days when the temperatures are well into the 90s! Similarly, the temperature was limited to ...more »

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Two Year Budget Cycle

This is nothing new. Instead of the typical one year budget cycle, I suggest a two year cycle. This would cut down on budget hearings and better stabilize longer-term planning and contracts. For the implementation period, we would simply take the first year's budget and multiply that by the projected inflation rate for the second year and combine the total for our 2 year budget. For emergencies, there is the supplemental ...more »

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TAX POLITICAL FINANCE COMMITTEES

POLITICAL CAMPAIGN FUNDS SHOULD BE TAXED LIKE ANY OTHER BUSINESS SO THAT POLITICIAN WOULD UNDERSTAND WHAT RUNNING A BUSINESS IS LIKE. WHAT A BURDEN PAYING TAXES IS ON A BUSINESS. HOW THE FIRST 25 OR 30% OF THE FUNDS RAISED IS NOT FOR THEIR USE BUT GOES TO THE GOVERNMENT. A TAX ON CAMPAIGN FUNDS WOULD BE A GREAT EDUCATIONAL TOOL FOR EVERY POLITICIAN AND POLITICAL WANT-A-BE.

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Streamline firing of bad workers.

"Oh you work for the government, well that's a safe job..." "Oh well at least you can't get fired..." How many times have you heard people say things like that? It's true though, isn't it? As a proud Federal Government employee, it seems that some people treat their public job as a right as opposed to a privilege. Public employees need to be held to higher standards. In today's age, the government simply cannot ...more »

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Cut Back on Publicity and Publications

Drastically reduce the glossy brochures, posters, and magazines that agencies use for promotional purposes. We shouldn't be in the adverstising business. Agencies that have Communications Offices shouldn't also have Publications Offices. Those that are not necessary in paper form could be put online for access.

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Eliminate travel agency service fees

Every time an airline ticket is purchased or changed using the government contracted travel agent, it costs the government a 'service fee' of around $20-25 (in addition to the inability of the travel agent to secure a fare in line with the refundable fares offered on the airline websites and online travel agencies). In a sizable office that requires its employees to travel frequently, this service fee adds tens of thousands ...more »

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Streamline Paperwork Reduction Act Bureaucracy

The Paperwork Reduction Act requires OMB approval for any survey of the public that involves asking more than 10 people the same questions, even in a focus group setting. The process that OMB has put in place requires a large amount of paperwork (get the irony?) and several months to process and approve a request, creating an enormous obstacle to obtaining information we need to serve the public better. A review should ...more »

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Costs Savings for Government Travel

Allow Federal employees to utilize lowest price when booking government travel instead of the required mandatory source which is often double and some cases triple the cost of common carriers and internet sites.

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