There are alot of full time Government employees getting VA disability checks. if they have the ability to get out of bed, come to work for a full 8 hour day without accomodation then they are not disabled and should not be receiving a government / Tax payer subsidized check.
Department of Veterans Affairs
Due to the high cost of living in the D.C., Virginia, Maryland area the Government is paying too much for labor. many agencies are inflating the grades of it's workers in D.C. because they know they will loose them to the private sector or another government agency. D.C. is the only place you can encounter GS-14 with less than 10 years experience. Agencies would get more qualified workers with more experience to do ...more »
Currently for credentialing and privileging purposes, all licenses must be verified before completing an application which is usually done online as primary source verification which is acceptable by the Joint Commission. Then within 5 days a written license request has to be mailed. Usually the state licensing boards require a fee, some as high as $50 per license verification. And our office has never gained any additional ...more »
It would save considerable money if all General Counsel offices across the federal government stopped using printed refernece materials. These are all available electronically -- both the most up-to-date versions and prior versions. In order to allow attorneys the portability of a book, however, one option would be to purchase several e-reader devices (such as a Kindle, Nook, or something similar) that would have subscriptions ...more »
Instead of purchasing desktop computers and then additionally issuing laptop computers, make the use of laptops as a primary computer the standard. If every employee had a laptop that latched into a port at their desk, it would make it much easier for employees to have telework capabilities because they could just take their workstation home. Having a port at the desk would allow employees to use a standard-sized monitor ...more »
In order to conserve electricity (and therefore operating costs), as many items as possible should be powered down when not in use. Office lights should have timers/motion sensors installed that turn them off after a certain period of inactivity. Printers can be powered down at the end of the day (or when they are not in use - sometimes I use my printer only a few times a week). Scanners should remain powered off and ...more »
Decision makers in the Government who generate requirements or are responsible for organizations that generate requirements that must be purchased through a Contracting office should have a basic understanding of the Acquisition process. So much time and money is wasted trying to explain why you can't Sole Source their requirements. They need to understand that the laws that govern acquisitions affects the way business ...more »
Some government employees abuse their transit benefits -- for example, someone who receives a transit benefit that fully covers the cost of vanpooling may only use the vanpool one day a week or less. In my area, that cost would work out to a cost to the government of over $20 for each day this employee chooses to use the transit benefit. There should be a standard policy in effect that stipulates what percentage of ...more »
Consideration should be given to requiring government employees in the Washington DC Metro Area to utilize public transportation (bus, rail, taxi) to attend meetings during the duty day. These individuals should utilize metro fare cards that could be signed out for specific trips in a manner that is used now to schedule drivers/rides, or be reimbursed for local travel (for taxi) with appropriate documentation. This would ...more »
In my agency, we have annual "learning colleges" where colleagues present information on topics of interest to the agency. It would aid in knowledge retention and information transfer if ALL conference presentations were recorded and maintained by a designated entity within each agency. This would allow employees who are brought on staff after conferences occur to still benefit from the conference by viewing presentations ...more »
I feel it would be an excellent idea to have the receiving receptionists to have an index card for the incoming veterans to fill out a card giving us their most recent address and phone numbers as well as a secondary number where we may leave a message when we need to contact them regarding an appointment or to make them aware of any/all related information that would be of critical need. This would give us a number where ...more »
The government has a large number of defunct and/or overpaid positions due to the fact that no one really seems to know that the need for the position has been greatly reduced or eliminated. This are most often 13 and 14 positions. There are people who supervise one position. Remove that level. Contract out or cross train individuals to perform more than one function.