My idea is to get rid of Social Security's lump sum death payment. Part of the original purpose of the lump sum death payment was to increase incentives for reporting the death of a relative. However, with better reporting (through banks among other sources), it doesn't contribute much towards that purpose. The CBO estimates that the lump sum death payment outlays will be $200,000,000 a year. This does not include administrative... more »
Department of Health and Human Services
In order to save money and trees, eliminate printing of hard copies of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Since they are available online, you will save money in printing, as well as costs of mailing and shipping.
We should stop buying special class airfares for government travel. Rarely are these costly tickets needed (i.e. paying for changes to itineraries at the gate are cheaper then the fees for unlimited changes) and cost so much more than standard airfares
Go from a paper filing system to a paperless system by forcing all sponsors to submit all applications (INDs, NDAs, Orphan Drug Applications etc) electronically. Also, force all agencies to submit all responses electronically. This will save storage costs and is more environmentally friendly. The technology already exists in certain centers at the FDA. Making it a more global mission will help save time and money. This... more »
It's crazy that we pay over the full price to have a blanket purchase agreement for computers and peripherals. Buying the same equipment on-line or in the corner store, even from the same vendor, is cheaper.
We do not need to pay a contractor to send us airline tickets and make hotel reservations. All airlines have web sites for electronic ticketing and we call the hotels ourselves anyhow. This is a total waste of government money and the rumor is that it is done so high level administrators can travel to places that would look bad under FOIA so it is also bad for morale since these rumors persist. In the private sector,... more »
My colleagues and I travel with relative frequency to Central Office (DC) and nation-wide for various trainings and meetings. $71 per day for M & IE is excessive. It does not cost $12 for a "Continental Breakfast". A cup of coffee and an egg sandwich with a piece of fruit will run someone about $7 max. A modest sandwich with a bag of chips will cost about $10 for lunch. A snack and bottle of water; the ("I") costs... more »
Eliminate the print copies of these color, multi-page publications. Both are available online and the R&W send out reminder e-mails about their ticket and club offerings.
Save on administrative overhead and time by changing to monthly pay period instead of bi-weekly
Replace paper towels in office building bathrooms with electronic hand dryers. This will save daily restocking, remove paper waste from trash and from the areas in the bathroom (floors, counters), and reduce the budget for cleaning staff and paper products. Further, it is likely to increase hygienic practices among staff.
Today we spend millions of dollars on contracting out jobs to private vendors, we are paying a lot of overhead and indirect costs. These could be reduced if contract and hire policy can be extended to bring in individuals on temp contractor (not a FTE or fellow)instead of contracting out to an entire organization. This could save a lot of money because e.g. a senior java developer according to industry standards makes... more »
Each department and their divisions orders supplies every year. Some of these supplies never get used or thrown away, sometimes to justify procuring items at the end of the fiscal year. The Federal Government should invest in a cross agency surplus that accounts for items such as paper, pens, and other administrative items. The government surpluses equipment like computers; why can't we surplus all items that are not... more »
Authorise and encourage agencies to respond to FOIA requests electronically. This would save mailing and supply (paper, envelopes) costs and get the requested documents to the requesters significantly faster.
Long distance telephone calls are abused with employees using the government phones to call realtives around the globe. As in other institutions, non-local and non-toll free telephone calls should be restricted by the use of calling codes.
There are several good pieces of technological equipment that are being unused and taking up much needed space. I have seen brand new monitors, still in their boxes, serve as a shelf for bottles of water in offices. There must be a way to recycle these pieces of equipment and to streamline costs by not buying equipment that is not needed. It seems that whenever a budget is passed, the spending authorities are forced to... more »