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End the automatic re-use of Reprogrammed/Unspent Budget Funds

I was raised on a family farm and worked most of my life in the profit/loss world of private industry (only in govt' 10 years), so imagine my astonishment when I learned how government budgets really work. Currently, government agencies/entities function on annual budgets, that have been built up over years of spending histories. What happens at end/beginning of fiscal years is that HQ offices "finds" additional $'s ...more »

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Reduce Cost, Energy, and Time with Electronic Fill-able Forms.

“Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing. “ Thomas Edison Every agency and department in the federal government are well familiar with forms. We use them for Annual Leave, Sick Leave, CompTime, OverTime, ...more »

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Cutting staff

Get rid of the Speical Assistants (or similar titles) to office directors. Office directors do not need special assistants. They are often highly paid for -- what? The government is supposed to work for the people of the U.S. Office directors do not need Special Assistants to do special pet projects for them. We could easily save a couple million at each large agency by getting rid of them and moving these people into ...more »

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Kick the Can, USA!

As summer interns in the Region 9 office of the Environmental Protection Agency, it has been exciting to see that EPA practices what it preaches! One of the best sustainability initiatives in the San Francisco office is to replace personal trash bins with larger bins in communal areas of each floor. This simple act saves money, reduces landfill waste, and gently encourages recycling. In the EPA’s San Francisco office, ...more »

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Mandatory Retirement

In an effort to reduce the size of the Federal government and create a more efficient Federal workforce, I believe the Federal Government should make Federal employee retirement "mandatory" at Age 70. A mandatory retirement age of 70 would create new job opportunities for future unemployed Amercians and yet still allow tighter control over the size of our Federal workforce.

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Bring back the punch clock!

Keeping track of the hours worked of millions of federal employees is an important job. Federal workers do not get paid automatically by salary, although many folks have rigged the electronic timesheet system that way. We can save our nation money by putting in an old fashioned honest day's work, day in and day out. But who is keeping track/ Who is watching? In certain branches a few supervisors are watching, but by and ...more »

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Light it Up Right

Lighting typically accounts for 25% to 50% of energy use in most buildings. During our summer internship at EPA Region 9, we recognized 2 easy ways to increase lighting efficiency: adopting occupancy sensors and LED bulbs. These methods will result in both energy and cost savings. They have been touted for public use by EPA, DOE, and DOI. Occupancy sensors are devices, frequently mounted on the wall or ceiling, ...more »

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Eliminate SES and nonsupervisory GS-14/15 positions

The SES corps was created under the Carter Administration to challenge government supervisors "to ensure that the executive management of the government is responsive to the needs, polices, and goals of the nation and otherwise is of the highesst quality." These senior executvies were to be held accountable for individual and organizational performance. This program has expanded into nothing more than a means for career ...more »

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Consolidate Federal Chemical Hazard Assessment

I suggest a consolidation of chemical hazard assessment in a single forum to produce uniform Federal assessment documents on chemical hazards. Multiple agencies could then use this product in their specific risk assessment and risk management activities. While chemical “RISK” changes depending on use and exposure patterns, necessitating different approaches to assessing and managing risk as appropriate based on use and ...more »

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Make the EPA an independent agency

Protecting the environment and the health and safety of people should not be subject to the political whims of every new administration.

 

Environmental policy should be based on scientific research and the consensus of independent experts, not politicians whose jobs depend on satisfying some political agenda.

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FLIP THAT SWITCH ON YOUR POWER STRIP Campaign

Every workday morning when I come into my office, I've got my routine down. I lay down my bag, have a seat on my chair, then I FLIP THAT SWITCH ON MY POWER STRIP! When I leave in the evening, the routine is quite similar. I power off my computer, pick up my bag, then I FLIP THAT SWITCH ON MY POWER STRIP! In order to facilitate my flipping of the switch, I have even arranged so that my power strip is more easilly accesible ...more »

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