Increase use of the self-regulating model when properly implemented can save the Federal Government significant cost and increase quality and compliance with standards. The model has these characterisitcs: 1) Congress passes laws and acts that provide general rules, objectives, and bounding aspects and designates a federal agency to monitor/manage (nothing new there) and designates an independent watchdog advisory group... more »
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
The NRC has been using time and labor software that is cumbersome and outdated, PeopleSoft Human Resources Management System (HRMS). In 2004 the NRC initiated a study to improve the time and labor system. In 2007 the NRC started the process to update the time and labor software, which is still in progress with over one year in delays due to performance issues. In 2001 NASA worked to create an incredibly good piece... more »
As a long time federal employee I have done my fair share of travel. As a result I have noticed that administrative costs have kept going up. To reduce these costs I recommend doing away with having to justify Perdiem costs for meals and incidentals (other cost would still need to be listed). All federal employees are authorized a fixed perdiem based upon location. As such why is it necessary to justify meal and hotel... more »
Employees take different days of the week or month to work at home or go on leave. If we federal workers all coordinated and all took the same day away from the office, the government could save a lot.
What’s the value of one human life? What’s the cost of a career worth of training and education? What’s the cost of a government disability pension? We can’t afford to lose any of our most treasured assets – our hard working employees. Therefore, I purpose that we mandate that all government offices provide a hands-free device with every government issue cell phone and provide the appropriate training (including expectations... more »
One of the ways to save money for the postal service would be, provided statutory and regulatory requirements are not violated, to allow commercial advertisement on its website. With respect to some commercial products such as electronics, a user of the USPS website may consider the rates provided on the USPS site competitive or less than UPS or FedEx and select USPS instead, as an option that would not have been considered... more »
Government contractors are certainly needed in various aspects of government operations. However, in many cases the contractor with the expertise could also train federal employees to do the same operations. I suggest making training of the federal employee a contractual requirement as part of onsite contracts and target underutilized employees to benefit from the training. The goal overtime would be to discontinue... more »
Teleconferencing is employed intermittently throughout the Federal Government. It should be as easy to use in one to one communications as is the telephone or in group activity without the necessity to going to specific locations with dedicated and unmovable teleconferencing equipment. I would recommend that with the deployment of Windows 7 Professional, that webcam conferencing be built into the deployment strategy... more »
We should take advantage of technology wherever possible and when cost effective. Assessing the capabilities of digital tablets, whether a 10 or 7 inch model, their use could benefit the federal workforce as substitutes for paper documents in meetings, small conference sessions and group discussions, where copies of presentations or discussion documents are handed out, or required to be brought to the meeting. I believe... more »
The idea of turning out the lights on vending machines has merit. There are automatic devices that will sense motion - The lack of motion will shutdown the machine lighting, as well as cycle the vending machine compressor to reduce energy use.
Following in the footsteps of SSA, there should be an elimination of mailed hard copy personal statements. If govt employees need to access their W2, TSP statements, etc., hard copies should not even be an option for govt workers. These statements should all be automatically sent electronically. I can't see any reason why a govt employee would need these mailed to them. This would be eco-friendly on top of saving... more »
The current drug testing policy at my agency is expensive, wasteful and produces little benefit to the public for the cost of the tax dollars spent. I recommend the following. First, move away from a totally random test selection. Random means that one individual can be repeatedly tested over a 2 year period while other individuals are never selected during the same period. This methodology should be replaced by a... more »
Eliminate the Office of Nuclear Security and Incident Response (NSIR). This will reduce NRC total staffing levels by over 220 personnel. The primary functions are redundant and can be performed by other Offices such as Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards (NMSS), and Federal and State Materials and Environmental Management (FSME) Offices. These functions were previously performed by NMSS and FSME before NSIR was stood... more »
Hundreds of hours are spent entering documents that few people, if any look at. I know we have to be transparent, but the public, in general, doesn't need to or care to read all the forms and letters that we currently have to submit to document an operator license exam. Those with any interest can FOIA the information, if necessary.
Abolish pension offset waivers for rehired annuitants.