It seems that most federal employees who planning to retire think it is okay to "liquidate" - i.e., get paid for - unused sick leave. Sick leave is NOT an entitlement and is provided so when one is sick one will be paid. As it stands now, this "benefit" - not entitlement - is much more generous than in the public sector, allowing federal employees to be paid even for taking care of a sick spouse, child. etc. I cannot... more »
EXOP - Office of Management and Budget
Incentivizing participation in the Save Awards Program will increase the number of submitted ideas and save a larger amount of money. Increase information about the program through e-mails to all Federal and civilian employees and contractors. Send electronic "thank you" acknowledgement for participation to all contributors thru appropriate channels. Increase nominal monetary incentives to proven ideas that save money.... more »
Technology removes the imperative to have each Department and with its own human relations, contract, procurement, IT function. This is exacerbated when the Department has the function and then member agencies also have their own full-blown function. Implementation of policy thus becomes chaotic and imprecise. OPM needs to manage all federal personnel and get reports on the federal space themselves. GSA needs to... more »
It seems like trash is collected once or twice a day from each office or office space. In some cases, even if there are only one or two pieces of trash in a bin, the trash bin is emptied and the bag is changed. To save the amount of money spent on trash bags, there should be one trash bin per office or space and that trash bin should only be changed if there is a significant amount of trash in it. This would also save... more »
if government moves towards laptops and wireless access to internet within their buildings, there would be substantial less paper needed. At Social Security Administration, the National Computer Center already uses this method successfully. very few or no hardcopies of documents need to be printed as everyone can pull up the information on their laptop! I suggest that agencies switch to laptops for their current workstation... more »
My idea is for someone (government or not-for-profit) entity to deploy a software program (for free) that can be used universally by any municipality (local, county, state, & federal) for daily government operations (town office, police, fire, public works, etc). This software would use current technologies such as “ishare” and “the cloud”. US citizens would be allowed access to this system by logging into their account... more »
All govt dept's spending should be dynamically updated to respective dept. web portal and availabile for public. Public goes through the spending and can question each penny spent by authorities which brings accountability to every nickel and dime spent and that fixes excessive spending.
We fill out a report of patient's condition which is in duplicate and is faxed twice a day to the NOD and at nights is taken down to the NOD. Each unit does this. It seems feasible to develop a spreadsheet on the computer and email them to the NOD. This would save on ink, paper, and duplicate forms. The request for overtime sheets are also faxed to three different numbers and could also be developed into a spreadsheet... more »
Every Agency and Department of our Government presents Hard Copy Reports (such) as Budget Proposals to Congress, DOD reports to Congress. Present all reports in DVD form to the receiving body, Example; The President Budget proposal present it to Congress in DVD form rather than paper. Congress can then copy the needed DVD for each member to study or post to a Congressonal web server from which each member can download.... more »
Allow citizens to round up their payments to the federal government up to the next dollar and contribute to payment of the national debt.
This SAVE idea is not agency specific and deals with Service Contract Act. Currently, government service contracts of $2,500 or more require federal agencies to include Wage Determination(s) issued by the Department of Labor (DOL) to set the minimum wage and fringe benefits for classes of contractor staff. On the anniversary of the contract under the Fair Labor Standards Act and Service Contract Act—Price Adjustment... more »
Each government activity has certain items that are a reoccurring purchase. Usually short lists of items that need to be bought repeatedly from one or several like vendors. The issue is that if over the dollar limit, a special request needs to be processed for the purchase of these items. Usually, this additional acquisition process adds considerable time to the forgone need for and ultimate purchase of the item in... more »
A significant portion of every Federal Register issue is used for "Information Collection Activities" notices, purportedly for paperwork "reduction." But the notices provide little useful information, such as a copy of, or link to, the proposed information collection form. Agencies rarely, if ever, receive public comments on such notices, therefore resulting in a waste of time and paper. This is paperwork production,... more »
PRODUCE EACH REPORTING AGENCIES DRAFT SBR (STATEMENT OF BUDGETARY RESOURCES) directly from the quarterly FACTSII bulk file outputs posted on OMB’s MAX website. Reporting agencies would need to make an adjustment for offsetting collections and any agency adjustments after the FACTS II submittal. Agencies upload the FACTSII reporting information to Treasury. This information is edited and cross-walked by OMB Account and... more »
Most federal agency have excess materials or turned in equipment that such as clothing, shoes and furniture. How about sending them to areas in need, from disasters. And this would clear up some spaces. Maybe a contract with Goodwill, or Thieft then to just have stuff siting around for years in some wearhouse. This would help out the area and get a small amount of money that could be put back into the system.