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Automatic deportation of foreigners convicted of serious crimes

Our country could greatly benefit from the automatic deportation of foreigners convicted of serious crimes. In Switzerland, “the government must expel, without possibility of appeals, foreigners convicted of serious crimes — ranging from murder, rape, armed robbery, and drug trafficking to abusing Switzerland's welfare system — after they complete their prison sentences”. Right now, in the United States deportation ...more »

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Fed Corrections

allow non-vioent prisoners to beautify our road ways by pickng-up trash, paint roadways, make & install road signs, mow grass on highways & low risk security federal buildings & parks and snow removal. Train them (1 week? ) class to operate small equipment. Assign 1 federal maintenace employee & an correctional officer to supervise 10 to 15 inmates. Guidelines and qualifications would have to be established as to which ...more »

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Crowdsourcing for Problem Solving - Credit towards Employment

Allow federal agencies to post online at a centralized, easily accessible website any particular issues and problems for which their researchers or scientists have not been able to develop a complete or feasible answer. This would then enable the power of the "crowd" to come up with even more imaginative or efficient solutions. If an agency can then decide that someone has come up with a winning or most accurate answer ...more »

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Allow Carryover of Annual Leave and Reduce Staffing

Many federal employees have a tenure of at least 15 years which entitles them to twenty-six days of annual leave each year. Federal statutes/regulations limit employees to a maximum of 240 hours of accumulated leave at the end of each year. As such, tens of thousands (maybe hundreds of thousands) of employees are taking the equivalent of one month off each year. Agencies are required to have adequate staffing on hand ...more »

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All in one PC's on next round of PC replacements

We can have more energy efficiency by simply replacing the existing computers on the next replacement cycle with all in one PC's. The equipment will also be easier to install reducing installation costs (fewer wires!), and we would be providing a much smaller carbon footprint by not having as much equipment to get rid of. At some point we should only have monitors and not a PC. We should be able to simply log on to a ...more »

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Make criminals pay, not the government.

Redefine the term "Punishment" in the criminal justice system at the federal level. It is understandable that dangerous individuals that break the law are housed away from society. However, those individuals that commit non-violent crimes, and victimless misdemeanors, should pay back to the communities in the form of community service. This way, they would; a) Save money that otherwise would be spent in incarceration. ...more »

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Litigation Reform

The most cost effective way to evoke litigation reform is to simply embrace the rule that the Loser in litigation pays the legal bills of the Winner in addition to paying their own. This should apply to criminal defendants as well. We have created a society where people litigate at the drop of a hat because there is no downside risk to bringing a lawsuit. Criminals are encouraged to fight every charge because there ...more »

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CANCEL WELFARE AND SECTION 8

CANCEL and phase out Welfare and section 8 and food stamps and welfare benefits and low income housing for able bodied working age citizens. The triilions of dollars of welfare money have created a section of society that does not contribute to society and that drains the taxpayers and does not produce tax income for the US GOVERNMENT and holds its customers in social and finance bondage. Please phase out the progams ...more »

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Energy Reductions

Throughout the DOJ computers are left on 24 hours a day. I have been told my entire career this is so updates can be pushed out to the computers during off peak use time. I would recommend this practice to be researched to determine if this is the only/best way. These add up to thousands of computers constantly on.

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Building fewer new courthouses

There should be an easier process for the Courts and Congress to realign judicial districts so that court cases could be heard in the nearest courthouse, even if the closest courthouse is in a different judicial district. This would eliminate the need to build expensive small courthouses in areas that are too far from existing courthouses within their own judicial district. Case in point, it has been determined that ...more »

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Video Conferencing for Arraignment

The Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure permit video conferencing to be used for arraignment with consent of the Defendant, but this technology is infrequently used. Significant time and money are spent transporting defendants held in pretrial detention to and from Court. Besides the cost, there are security concerns associated with this. Encouraging courts to use video conferencing for arraignments would save significant ...more »

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Video Conferencing for Appellate Oral Argument

Travel costs associated with oral argument for appellate cases is quite expensive. There are airline, hotel, and per diem costs for the judges, their law clerks/staff, government attorneys, and appointed counsel. In addition, significant travel time decreases productivity of the government employees. The use of video tele-conferencing for oral argument would save significant money in travel costs and productivity, ...more »

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