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Abolish the lump sum death payment

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 »

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No Longer Print Hard Copies of MMWRs

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.

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air travel savings

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

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Paperless filing of all records

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 »

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computer and computer perhipheral puchases

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.

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End Travel (Omega) Contract

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 »

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Lower the M & IE Rate

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 »

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Eliminate R&W Newsletters and NIH Record

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.

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Change pay period to monthly

Save on administrative overhead and time by changing to monthly pay period instead of bi-weekly

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Replace paper towels with electronic hand dryers

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.

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Individual Contractor Model

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 »

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Government Wide Surplus

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 »

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