Cut federal grants for arts, music, dance, poetry, sculpting, etc by 50%. In return offer private investors a tax break incentive for investing in these programs. This will lower the financial burden of the federal government with these programs and also develop long lasting partnerships in local communities with those most interested in developing these great skills in our society.
National Endowment for the Arts
If an artist, museum, symphony, etc., produces something the public wants, let the public pay for it voluntarity. Otherwise, these artists should get real jobs like the rest of us, without taxpayers being forced to support what would just be their hobby. This would save not only the direct grant money but also the administrative overhead supporting it. In addition, artists can focus more on making their art and less... more »
Everytime I attend any type of GSA function I am inundated by GSA branded stress balls, tote bags, pens, notepads, mints, etc. These items are junk and a waste of money. GSA should be using their money to maintain federal buildings not spending it on junk which often bears a "made in China" label. There should be no need for any federal agency in the course of persuing its legitimate mission to hand out representational... more »
Every two weeks, NEA employees must fill out a paper time sheet. This sheet must then be signed by the employee, the timekeeper, and the supervisor. Same thing with a leave slip for vacation or sick days. It's ridiculous! It's a total waste of paper and manpower. This should all be done electronically. Every two weeks, I also receive a pay stub from the Department of Agriculture. Again, these should all be online --... more »
Once work on a project has been completed, it can sometimes take multiple years to receive a final bill for the work (or notification that there will be no additional bills). By prohibiting billing of federal agencies from occuring after a set period of a reasonable length (such as one year) after the completion of work, agencies will not have to keep as much money obligated in previous years. This could both free up... more »
When training is required for a staff person, the employee and/or supervisor spends considerable time looking for possible courses/vendors/opportunities that are suitable for the need, position, and level of experience. Sometimes the help of HR can be enlisted, but they also need to spend additional time discerning what is being requested. To expedite the process, I would propose an Intranet location where proven or... more »
All timesheet, timekeeping and payroll functions should be online.
And with auto-deposit, there is no need to mail bi-weekly payroll stubs. They can be distributed at the office or also available online.