End of fiscal year results in Agencies scrambling to spend every remaining dime in the coffers to ensure budget does not get cut for the next year. For INSTANT fund availability, Guarantee Agencies equal budget or budget as forecasted and retrieve unspent funding in the mid 4th quarter with no "future budget penalty" because of lower obligation rates. Planned acquisitions will be submitted or complete by then and it... more »
Congessional Budget Office
remove 'special interest funding' so that we can focus on the needs of the nation as a whole. Look at the impact on the lowest common denominator before making broad reaching decisions. This nation is passed the breaking point and no one is willing to give up their piece. Be socially responsible!
They're going under because they don't know how to do business not because of the economy. Notice Apple and Microsoft are doing just fine - growing actually. If you give a homeless man $10k he'll either be dead or still homeless after one month. He didn't become homeless because he didn't have money; he became homeless because he didn't know what to do with money. Giving a failing business money only makes things... more »
In my time in the government I have seen contractors time and time again pull shenanigans. These contractors are wasteful. Time and time again, they somehow require much more money and time than they originally bid to do the job. They are taking advantage of Uncle Sam's now shallow pockets. Contractors should be required to finish the project as contracted, on time and within budget. They lowball the bid to get the... more »
It seems that with the current deficit in the TRILLIONS, government needs to be looking at some higher level (internal) cutbacks, not medicare, medical, social security, jobs etc. How about NOT giving Congressmen retirement AT FULL PAY, just for being a congressman! I certainly don't get anything near that, and I've put in nearly 27 years of government service. Just think of the savings with a cut like that! There... more »
New legislation for the STATE OF FLORIDA/ WORK PLACE related to PAIN KILLER. In other words: "DRUG FREE STATE/DRUG FREE WORK PLACE"
Coralis Méndez, MA., B.A.
Congressmen should not be allowed to receive a congressional retirement. They shouldn't serve for long period of times, but should return to private life after one or two terms. We need congress to represent the people, not themselves.
Pay employees $25/month to use their own cell phone. Supervisors certified the need. This may be a problem at activities that prohibit cameras unless the user is willing to have a phone without a camera (like me). (Blackberry devices might not be eligible because of the sensitivity of data accessed). To make this work, the Joint Travel Regulations or any Comptroller requirement that employees submit a claim for reimbursement... more »
Our founding fathers served in Congress and Senate without pay. Our Congress and Senate today are the highest paid people in the Federal Workforce with the most free perks of anyone and by God they get a raise every year, but the little people that pays their wages do not get a say. My suggestion is to cut their pays in half and eliminate the perks!
Current budget is extremely limited. Right now, I have an excellent 5 spoke office chair with good back support, which I am not allowed to donate due to GSA rules. Change the rules, inspect the chair, it is a $280 chair, after I retire, it can be passed on. It will pass safety inspection; why should taxpayers buy another chair? The one I use has the seat slipping down to the ground, I pull it up, over and over all day,... more »
Members of Congress are taking FULL TIME money from the tax paying public, so they should be required to be in Washington doing their job FULL TIME. With the availability of the internet, e-mail, skyping etc. they can spend virtual time in the homeState with constitutents on the weekends, or their constituents can come to DC for visits. BUT, just as we Feds have to work full time for our paycheck, and have to work virtually... more »
1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office. 2. Congress (past, present and future) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security System immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security System, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used... more »
We are required to send out letters telling number holders they are not eligible for SSI. Most are not asking for it or even know what it is. It cost for the paper, postage, and the phone calls received by SSA to explain what SSI is
CBP Agriculture Specialists do not have firearms and do not need body armor in their line of work. Some of these officers have actually lost their body armor and had to have it replaced. All CBPA's were initially issued body armor about 5 yrs ago. Now our department is replacing that body armor because it might not fit anymore. Instead of automatically replacing expensive body armor - have officers try on their... more »
Our Constitution mandates that our elected representatives will be paid for serving their fellow citizens. Yet, it does not stipulate how much. Every federal agency, department, directorate, office, and branch must look for ways to save money. Currently Congressmen and Senators are paid about $184,000 a year, and yet are only in session half a year. The remainder of that year they are supposed to be visiting with their... more »