Every couple of years the 2-Day "Training Opportunity" comes around for Retirement-Eligible Employees. The idea is to teach them how to retire in the Federal system. The "training" takes the better part of two workdays. Some people in this agency have been to the "training" several times. People in the private sector don't have 2-day "training" for retirement on company time. Why can't the Federal retirement-eligibles... more »
Small Business Administration
Go back to having the Federal Government own the buildings that house the headquarters and major operational centers of Federal agencies, especially in the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia, the Maryland suburbs, and anywhere else where there is a significant Federal presence. The Federal Government has become dependent on the commercial real estate market to house its essential facilities that are intended for... more »
Subcontracting ODA damage inspection functions can increase cost efficiencies. For years SBA's Disaster Assistance program has opposed the idea of private sector business being able to provide the quality of property damage information needed to write physical damage disaster loans. Reluctantly through the enforcement of government directives, ODA made costly technical transformational investments in support of subcontracting... more »
I suggest we reduce residential mail delivery, ultimately, to twice a week. The amount of "important mail" the average American receives has drastically fallen over the past 20 years. This falloff is due to the growth of better, safer, and more environmentally-friendlier means than paper checks of transferring money, such as Direct Deposit and Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). Also, personal correspondence and other important... more »
Example: $674 x 4 = $2,696/mo Why when these families are getting medical, food, & housing, etc. assistance?
Every year we have the CFC, so only the newest Federal employees do not know the drill. Everyone else is either going to contribute or not going to contribute. The Campaign itself does not influence employees' decisions to contribute or not; their own financial situations and their charitable inclinations influence those decisions, so the amount of hoopla surrounding the Campaign really could be reduced to save Federal... more »
Millions of dollars could be saved by consolidating the individual government websites (URLs) that exist today into one central website, e.g. a portal system (one URL with uniform web pages for each agency). Currently, the government as a whole spends a lot of money purchasing and maintaining URLs (websites) and servers (computers). Agencies and their subsidiary agencies usually have individual URLs and servers with... more »
Reduce the number of SES, GS 15, GS 14 and middle management employees. Especially the onces with no technical skills. Consolidate all Processing Centers and Servicing Centers. Move all liquidation functions to the SBA, National Liquidation Center, Hendon, VA. Processing and Servicing should be housed in California since the majority of the centers are located in CA. Excess staff should be reassigned to their local... more »
Reduce the administrative cost of processing Time and Attendance as well as Payroll by more than half simply by doing it 12 times per year (monthly) rather than 26 times per year (biweekly). Each Agency (or large component thereof) would be assigned a Payday (i.e., the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th Thursday of the month), in which all employees of that Agency (or large component) would be paid. The assignment of Paydays would... more »
Consolidate all loan servicing centers and all liquidation functions Express Liquidation and 504 purchases should be transferred to the National Liquidation Center Herndon, VA. NO employee transfer except for they be able to work from home through the use of teleworking.
Employees with teleworking skills should be able to telework for nationwide locations. Employees who are eligible to retire, should be retired.
The servicing Centers should go back to being consolidate with the District Offices. The District Offices are the face and hand of SBA. Lender should be able to access all available resources and contacts through the District Offices. All servicing centers should then be eliminated except for the National Liquidation Center, Herndon, VA. All 504 purchases and Express liquidation functions should be transferred to... more »
Recommend you consolidate the Processing Center and Little Rock Servicing Centers together. This will reduce the fixed asset overhead. The employees would not have to transfer but could telework for the areas they live. All Express Liquidation and 504 Liquidation should be consolidate with the National Liquidation Center in Herndon, VA. Pending staff could telework with transfering.
The Office of Government Contracting (GC) works to create an environment for maximum practicable participation by small, disadvantaged, service-disabled veteran–owned, and woman-owned small businesses in Federal government contract awards and large prime subcontract awards. Each year, the United States government spends hundreds of billions of dollars in goods and services purchases from private firms. To foster an equitable... more »
We need to look seriously at whether particular government contracts actually save the government money. We we E2 Travel/El Sol/Carlson Wagonlit. We are supposed to call El Sol and incur a fee to book a hotel within our area (we can't use E2 when we don't fly). People research their own hotels, and usually call to make sure they get what they really want. We're paying a contractor to do something we would rather do... more »
fMoral is at an all time low in 2011. With the threat of cutbacks and potential layoffs, it is no wonder that the federal employee is wondering what the next step will be. At this point, Management (including) president needs to stop blaming the staff for the financial crisis, but to plan the mismanagement of the budget for each Agency. The Buck should stop there and to drag the hardworking civil servants is not fair... more »