Moving away from the zero-based budget will greatly reduce the amount of waste by most (if not all) government agencies. Allowing them to "bank" remainders of budgets and not forcing them to "use it or lose it" will inhibit the common practice of year-end spend-down when useless items are purchased simply to meet the goal of Zero. Simple internal regulations could be put in place to ensure agencies/units don't unduely ...more »
Department of Homeland Security
Much of the happenings at these meetings can be done locally. Once the cost of meals, airfare, lodging and other nuances is added up - this mission could have been accomplished for less if not for a fraction of the cost.
Several Federal Government agencies have outdated financial systems which are in serious need of upgrades. Countless hours and dollars are spent on hiring new employees and procuring new contracts to support the efforts of demonstrating compliance with regulations such as A-127. A-127 is an excellent idea and must be supported to ensure efficient operations. However, it's only efficient and effective when reasonably ...more »
Though GSA negotiates rates for airlines, hotels and car rentals, Federal agencies pay outrageous amounts to a variety of travel managers, such as SATO and Omega World Travel to merely book these accomodations and to be available in case of an emergency. Instead, the Government should create its own central travel agency, operated as a revolving fund, which books travel for all agencies at cost. To save costs further, ...more »
I suggest that federal agencies mandate that all administrative staff people who do not need to maintain large physical files and who do not need to be physically on the premises of their workplaces (such as members of the Chief Information Officer's, Chief Financial Office's, and Acquisition work forces) be placed on alternating 3/2 schedules (i.e., one week they telework 3 days and are in the office for 2 days, and ...more »
Currently; Border Patrol, CBP, FPS, ICE, TSA and the US Coast Guard have their own facilities, policy, processes, and specialist personnel to handle seized property and contraband. By consolidating all of these facilities and processes into one DHS seized property system, cost savings and efficiency will occur. Why does ICE need a seized property vault in the same geographical location as CBP? Consolidate these facilities ...more »
We have an newer emails system that could be a GREAT asset to FEMA but other department do not use the system. If everyone used the system correctly or one centralized department answer all the emails it would be more cost effect. Also people would get answers to their questions in a timely manner and not have to wait months for a response if they get one at all. If people could get answer to their email they wouldn't ...more »
Use free shipping or coupon codes when making online government purchases with a government credit card. These codes are available to the general public to use and should be available to the federal government procurement system as well.
Currently few if any TSA airport sites use working dogs. Instead of spending millions on technology that cannot find everything, start placing trained bomb sniffing dogs at all airports. At the same time train TSA personnel to watch for signs of people reacting nervously to the dogs. These individuals, and any the dogs alert on, could then be rapidly pulled aside for enhanced security inspections. Utilization of properly ...more »
Its time that TSA begin profiling potential threats. It is taking too long and costing too much for TSA to treat everyone as a threat. Use of proper profiling techniques to focus on specific individuals will more efficiently and effectively use TSA resources, reduce delays for most travelers at security checkpoints, reduce overall operating costs, and most importantly - provide more security for air travel.
The Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO) already performs the "travel agent" function for the Department of Defense. It has personnel in place to book flights and respond to travelers' questions and emergency travel needs. It also has an automated travel management system in place, the Defense Travel System (DTS). DTMO and DTS charge far less than their private industry counterparts (e.g., SATO, FedTraveler, Omega). ...more »
Every couple of years current employees have to fill out numerous forms (some of which don't make sense) and then background investigations forms generated and mailed to people who know the employees, those forms are mailed back, and someone in the government has to review them all. This costs millions in time, paper, and mail for all those involved. How often is there truly a security problem found and is it worh the ...more »