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Allow us to get TSP account # & password online-not snailmail!!

10% of the federal work force (300,000 employees) do NOT contribute to their retirement. Why put up TWO obstacles which could take 3 WEEKS to get these employees enrolled when it should take 3 MINUTES? If you don't have your account number, you have to request one through SNAILMAIL. Then, after getting your account number, you have to make ANOTHER REQUEST FOR YOUR PASSWORD THROUGH - you guessed it - SNAILMAIL. Do we ...more »

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Save $23B in Six Years - Sick Leave Towards Retirement Date

By allowing federal employees to count up to one year of earned sick leave towards their retirement date, the government could save $23 billion between now and 2016. 340,000 feds will retire in the next six years; average salary $68,000. Right now, any earned unused sick leave will add to your retirement income - up to one year starting in 2014; your retirement check will be based on 31 years of service instead of 30. ...more »

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MANDATORY CPU shutdown @ COB & prioritize IT updates, Save $10M

Here's how to save millions per year by flipping a switch. There is an all encompassing SOP that dictates federal employees leave their computers on (in "locked" mode) at the end of the day. This is a huge waste of electricity (ESPECIALLY if the monitor and speakers are also left on) I understand that the reason for this is so that IT can complete system updates using less bandwidth. However, by dividing the computers ...more »

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Eliminate Interns

College interns come in every year. They are given "special" "professional" projects to introduce them to how the agency works. We have experienced and well educated employees who are not given these same opportunities to work on professional projects. Most of the college interns never return to the agency, so it is a loss of money, time, and resources. Special offices have to be set up for them, and staff has to expend ...more »

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Eliminate personal printers, Save $9 Million Annually

Personal Printers are, quite possibly, the single biggest waste of government resources. It costs $9.44 annually to power one small desktop printer used at a minimal rates. * In my office alone I count over 100 personal printers, and this is in addition to the two dozen or so massive laser printers (which, themselves cost around $100 apiece annually) By eliminating all of the personal printers in just this office ...more »

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Share information between agencies

Information, particularly on background checks, investigations, and so forth should be shared throughout government. Having bounced around to several different government agencies (sometimes only months apart, due to the nature of work), having investigation after investigation in such a short time frame is quite simply a waste of money. Allow government agencies to communicate this. There is no reason why someone who ...more »

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UP or OUT employee advancement policy

There should be a preset period of time that any employee can "sit" in a grade, (especially the lower grades) without advancing. Case and point: If an employee is a GS-5 for more than 4 years, and is receiving anything less than an "outstanding" rating, they should be given 30 days to advance to GS-6, or else they are terminated. Employees that are allowed to stay in lower grades for long periods of time with minimal ...more »

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stop mailing paychecks

How about if we stop mailing paychecks? Every two weeks I get my paycheck in the mail. Think of all the savings we'd have if paychecks and W-2s were accessible only online instead. It would decrease the chances of sensitive information being lost (by me or en route), reduce postage expenses, reduce paper expenses, and ease the personnel burden needed for delivery. I worked for a state agency before I joined the fed and ...more »

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Nix orientation printouts for new hires & use online orientation

Nix all of the printouts given to new employees --- healthcare, TSP, Life Insurance etc. Not only are ALL of those forms online, but also, the online version is more up to date and easier to fill out. The standard should be set for new employees to receive a welcome email with links to all of the information they need to know and fill out --- as opposed to a stack of welcome folders that sits in the back of their desk ...more »

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Keep Electronic Files --- Electronic. Reduce Shipping costs.

A large portion of my job involves printing files from an Agency database just so that I can ship them to a seperate office in a different state, with access to the same database. Unnecessary. The process of printing emails, .pdfs, documents etc just to group them into a manila folder and inventory them into a storage room needs to stop. It is much quicker, more productive and efficient to use the electronic point ...more »

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