Department of the Interior

Campaign: Department of the Interior

Arrange less expensive locations for meetings/training.

Require everyone who is responsible for making arrangements for meetings/training which include employees who travel from out of town, to find less expensive locations for those events. A co-worker recently attended a week long training class with employees from around the country. It was held in Washington D. C., the government rate for the hotel was $210.00 per night for each participant (approximately 30 people). ...more »

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Budget, obligations and spending

We need to cut spending year around, not wait until we approach the end of the FY year where the agency will then spend needlessly. Once we are certain of funds we obligated for the year will not be needed/used, perhaps in staffing, a project, training, etc., we can then have the option to return those funds. A percentage of these funds returned can be placed in two seperate year-around accounts, one account belonging ...more »

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Enhancing Security: Protecting Children in Indian Country

The PAC Program is an innovative online approach to physical security that enables DOI’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (OHSES) to effectively pre-assess the security of federal facilities while reducing burden to the government, staff and tribal community. The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) oversees 6,953 facilities. Of these, 4,502 serve the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) including 187 schools ...more »

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Stop travel subsidies

To encourage the telework program, stop subsidies for commuting. To encourage electronic meetings, lower the per diem rate for travel

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Get Serious about Recycling and Going Green

I believe we (the Federal Government) need to become the leader in our efforts to recycle and find as many ways as we can to further the "Going Green" effort. It should not be thought of as an option. Recycling means recycling,,, not just the things that are convienant, but the hard items too. There should not be one aluminum can ending up in a landfill coming from a goverment facility!!!!! Recycling Cans, the ones with ...more »

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Utilize our colleges for interns to work for us

I went to school at U of H in Houston. As a student, I had to complete several interships at local agencies. Not only is it good experience for the intern, but the company (SSA) doesn't have to pay out any salaries or benefits. Utilizing college level interns would not only free up CR's and SR's to do more complex duties, but the agency would save on hiring and long periods of training for new employees. How to utilize ...more »

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Supervisors should be located in the region they serve

Supervisory FTOs serve a region and should have their office located in the region they were hired to serve. Instead they are located in Albuquerque and spend money traveling to their region to do their jobs, approximately $300,000 per Supervisor per year in travel $$ x 6 Supervisors is a lot of money spent traveling. Require the supervisors to have their office in the region they were hired to serve.

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Cut benefits given to AGED New Citizens never worked In US

We issue checks to hundreds of New US Citizens over 65 that have never worked in the US. If their family brings them to the US then they should be responsible to care for their aging family members with their own funds. It is unfair to those who were born in the US.

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Canals versus Rivers

We need better water management A canal system would reroute excess water, ad to the beauty of industrial areas, and give us an alternative transportation option.

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Adopt a Burro

Help fund burro and wild horse projects by soliciting donations from the public.

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Change Procurement Procedures to Require Lowest Cost Purchases

I have had the frustration when trying to purchase supplies and equipment of researching the lowest cost available on items only to have our procurement office purchase items at a higher cost because they were being purchased from a small business or disadvantaged business rather than a large company. This seems an absurd waste of tax dollars that can add up to a significant amount across the federal government each ...more »

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Ship More Items Using USPS

Delegate to all branches to use USPS for their shipping needs. Whether it is a overnight letter or product coming from one of our many vendors, specify using USPS. With the financial problems USPS is having, negotiate good rates (compared to UPS, Fed-Ex and most trucking companies. This would benefit one of our own branches and generate more income that is desperately needed to keep USPS solvent.

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