GSA and GAO have been arguing over this issue for years. It is a waste of taxpayer funds for agencies to pay for coffee breaks, "snacks", or other food and beverages with appropriated funds. This happens all of the time using the purchase card on the grounds that these are not "meals" and are for panelists or "visitors" on technical travel status. Remove this loophole in the FTR, issue mandatory guidance on the subject, ...more »
National Science Foundation
Current telecommuting guidance is too vague and weak and most agencies use that as an excuse for non-existent or weak policies. Mandate the activity as an automatic opt-in, unless the PD is specifically excluded for emergency or first-line in person service positions within the federal civilian community. This will save money and GHG emissions by allowing agencies to significantly reduce leased office space, new building ...more »
THE PLAN: Initiate a 5% Value Added Tax (VAT) on all goods sold in the US and its Territories. This tax’s sole purpose is to PAY DOWN the balance on the National Debt to a point where it can be paid off within one Fiscal Year. TAX must be eliminated once the debt has been repaid. SELLING POINTS: Tax will be applicable to ALL Poor, Middle Class and Rich. Tax will be fair to all. Payroll tax should be rolled back by ...more »
Purchase flight insurance and cancellation-fee waivers at the organization (or even Federal) level. An insurer would gladly underwrite such a policy, and employees could then purchase non-refundable tickets (a frequently offered suggestion) without fear. Right now, employees must take on personal risk while trying to save money for their agencies -- and, predictably, a substantial amount of opportunities for cost ...more »
Sub-metering buildings' energy use allows for proactive management and conservation of energy in federal owned and leased facilities. OSTC has already issued a study supporting the installation of metering buildings and shown that it leads to energy reductions and conservation. Particularly in commercial leased buildings, where the owner has no incentive to provide enhanced maintenance or reporting systems, this requirement ...more »
Require all agencies to revise position descriptions to meet one of a dozen or so skill categories divided by type and increasing complexity (grade). That way it will be far easier and less expensive to move employees from one position to another within agencies. It will also reduce costs because fewer external hires will be needed, and it would improve morale because there will be more readily available career paths. ...more »
Night pay is required to be paid to GS employees whose regular tour of duty (work schedule) includes work performed between the hours of 6pm and 6am. The GS night pay differential is 10%. GS employees that would like to work a schedule that includes a start time before 6am or a stop time after 6pm are sometimes not approved for these work hours because of the added cost to the agency of this "night pay." Reducing the ...more »
My name is Weishi Yu, a Chinese guy. I have been U.S for 4 months, and I work in Frederick-NCI. During these months, I found much energy was wasting for air conditioner. It was too warm inside of the building in winter, and it was too cold in the summer. It makes most of people uncomfortable, so I think we can save much energy for this, and the suggestion as below: During the summer months, air conditioning systems in ...more »
Require all agencies to use a centralized purchasing card to pay for all training. it would be easier to track all training actions, and require far less overhead FTE to process and reconcile actions. Phase out training authorization paper forms. This is a costly, no value added process from the 1950s that is long past due for an improvement.
Throughout our VA, we use aerosal cans and such for cleaners and deoderizers. Studies have shown that the chemicals put into aerosal cans, can diminish the OZONE layer and hurt our atmosphere.
I think that we should cut those cost, and turn to bottles with pumps instead of continuous aerosal sprays.