Congressmen and Senators are paid far too much for what they produce, which is next to nothing. Cut their salaries by 50% and completely take away pention/retirement pay after ANY number of years served. Theirs is a civil service job, not one meant to make you rich, which it does to the most corrupt of political leaders, the ones in high office.
Limit the leasing of vehicles for all Legislators and their Staffs to vehicles who have a final assembly point in the USA with a content of 60% of components made in the USA. Furthermore limit the monthly charge for each vehicle leased to $500 per month to be indexed for inflation.
Stop providing duplicate Social Security and Veterans Affairs benefits to Non Service Connected Veterans. This new initiative would be similar to the program now in effect between the Department of Defense and the Veterans Affairs for military retirees. Social Security Benefits are a duplicate for Non Service Connected Pensions. The Non Service Connected Pension Benefits is for a veteran that was not injured or ...more »
Reduce the amount going towards all welfare programs both home and abroad. Reduce 10% this year and 10% more each and every year until their is 50% of the current welfare, overseas and for states, including food stamps. Those receiving current welfare payments in different forms have absolutely no incentive to work, they get more doing nothing on welfare. This reduction in payment amounts will force them to look elsewhwere, ...more »
The computers in Los Angeles Veteran Hospital has an automated program that print the orders submitted by the doctors and the duplicate of the same orders from the pharmacy. The duplicated orders are not usefull; however, tones and tones of papers are cathridges are wasted printing something that do not have any use for the RN and others who have to verify the doctors' orders for medications. An updated program that will ...more »
In many departments overtime pay is given to employees after 8 hours of work regardless of how much or how little they work (hours) per week.
Overtime pay should be paid after completing 40hrs of work. An RN working intermittent is paid time and a half after 8hours. Many work a 12 hour shift once/week because it's their second job.
Require the Intelligence Community to consolidate it's business IT systems to a common platform. Right now, CIA, NGA, NSA, NRO, and others maintain their own unique (and often un-interoperable) IT systems. This could carry-over and expand to include financial management, ERP systems, etc. The agencies will claim they have unique requirements, but they aren't so unique that we cannot resolve and consolidate these requirements ...more »
Employees should have the opportunity to evaluate their bosses. This should be standard practice in every area of government. This allows a full picture of a person's strenghts and weaknesses.
This item is generated every 24 hrs @ 0100 hrs. It serves as a back-up in case of computer shut-down or failure. More often than not, it is merely tossed into the shredder. Every unit in every V.A. hospital ,nation-wide receives 50-150 sheets of paper each night. Perhaps another less costly method has been or is being developed as back-up for our computer systems.
Prohibit the use of bottled water in Congress. Mandate that glasses and pitchers be used (or re-usable water bottles). Watch CSPAN sometime and see how many 16 ounce bottles of water are all over the TV while folks are testifying or having hearings. Individual servings of bottled water are a HUGE waste of money. DC tap water is just fine, and ALL of Congress should be drinking tap water (as well as those testifying ...more »
I rent a house, and recently paid for upgrades to the house as a way of reducing our energy consumption (insulation, new doors, etc.). I had a solar audit done, and found out that I am not eligible for tax rebates/incentives on solar installation because I am just a rentor. My landlord is not eligible for the incentives either because he is not living in the house as his primary residence. There is HUGE potential ...more »
Create legislation that allows military personnel who live in government-provided housing to perform energy efficient upgrades at their own expense. This idea would save installations in water/electricity utilities, and would not require any new monies to be allocated in the budget. Military families know how to save, and often adopt a conservationist lifestyle out of necessity to stretch the family dollar. Things ...more »