Social Security Administration

Checking Bed Bug Registry before federal travel and other sites

One of the problems that has occurred when people are in travel status or in training is that they often find themselves vermin victims. In order to prevent bed bug bites a good thing to do would be to check the bed bug registry which has reports of hotels which have bed bug infestations as well as similar sites. We had a lady who was attacked by ants in a Dallas hotel while in a training class. Such efforts would reduce... more »

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If contractors are needed hire them to train employees

The Department of the Air Force (as a good example) hires temporary contractors to work alongside FTE's. When the FTE's become proficient in the area of responsibility, the contract ends. This provides greater responsibility and opportunities for the FTE. The need for year to year contracting because of the lack of existing experience eventially gets significanlty reduced or eliminated. Additionally, the FTE learns a... more »

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Social Security Administration

SSA Should Develop “MySSA” App for Cell Phone

Statistics show that 91% of Americans now use cell phones. Over 35% of Americans now own a smart phone. There is an App for everything these days. SSA has a great website online. There are a lot of private companies that have Apps that give Social Security information. SSA should develop this App to include information such as: *MySSA; *Check Status of Claim; *Social Security Appointment Reminder; *FAQ’s; *Most... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Stop Distributing Paper Pay Stubs and Paper W-2s to Employees

In my office, a huge stack of paper pay stubs come in every 2 weeks. With the availability of the myPay web site, we should not still be distributing paper pay stubs.

 

The myPay web site also maintains the W-2s. There is no use in mailing out these forms each year, with the printing and shipping costs.

 

The Federal Government would save millions of dollars if paper pay stubs and w-2s were discontinued.

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Timely Official Travel Planning to Eliminate Increased Charges

Thousands of Federal Employees travel everyday. There are tremendous expenditures associated with travel. If Federal Agencies would be proactive and timely in planning for travel, the expenditures would decrease tremendously. Often times, solicitations for travel are issued a month in advance. The employee is then alerted a month later, for example, on a Thursday that they travel out on Sunday. The airfare and hotel... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Shipping Items Timely to Prevent Overnight Shipping Costs

Even with advances in automation, federal agencies still need to ship out a lot of items everyday. There are deadlines established for most shipments. Rather than waiting until the last minute to ship something, federal agencies should be mandated to ship immediately upon notification of the need for shipment. This would save millions of federal dollars by preventing unnecessary overnight costs that many agencies incur... more »

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Legislative Branch

All Electronic Inter-Agency Correspondence

The Federal Agency should take the lead in performing most actions electronically.

 

We ask the public to utilize our web sites and respond electronically.

 

All inter-agency correspondence within the Federal Government should be performed electronically.

 

This will save millions of dollars in postage, and provide faster responses to become more efficient agencies.

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Department of the Treasury

Dropbox on Every Federal Agency Building

There should be a dropbox on every Federal Agency building. The dropbox allows the American Taxpayer/claimant/citizen to have access to providing information to that Agency 24/7. Currently, a person takes a letter or documentation to the postal service to mail to an agency. This causes delays in mail, with the mail sometimes being lost. If the agency had a dropbox on the building, the person could take it there immediately,... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Web Site Address on Every Public Correspondence

All Federal Agencies should provide their web site address on every form of correspondence with the public. Currently, most agencies have their agency title, physical mail address, and phone number. It should be a "no brainer" to also list the web site address along with the other contact information, directly under the agency phone number. By doing this, the American public will be able to immediately access the... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Intra-Agency Green Team

The Federal Government should establish an Intra-Agency Green Team. Representatives from each agency can teleconference nationwide to share best automation practices, share initiatives to encourage online participation from the American public, and discuss other ideas to become more efficient. Each Federal Agency has some good "Green" practices, but unfortunately these are not shared across the federal government... more »

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Financial Reform

Consolidate GIS platforms by Department or Agency

Many departments or agencies are moving towards incorporating GIS into their day-to-day activities. On the surface, the incorporation of this technology is sold as gaining effeciences for the entire department or agency. However, even within the same department or agency, different offices or programs are investing serious amounts of money into their "own" GIS systems. Because these systems are developed for specific... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Zero Tolerance for Fraud

The GAO estimates $17 BILLION dollars of improper Medicare payments each year. The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program pays out $4.6 BILLION in improper and fraudulent benefits annually. The Department of Veterans Affairs loses $800 MILLION annually on improper and fraudulent payments. And the FRAUD list goes on and on and on, totaling OVER $100 BILLION PER YEAR!!! 1ST...I suggest that we include the statement... more »

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Social Security Administration

Stop all the electric escalators and encourage exercise

The government is spending a lot of money in trying to get us employees to exercise and lose weight. Yet the government spends extra funds to keep us from using the stairs by installing electronic escalators. Climbing just two flights of stairs everyday could result a loss of 2.7kg or 6lbs per year. Six flights a day could help you trim nearly 18 lbs. We could be saving energy, maintenance costs all while keeping a healthier... more »

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Legislative Branch

REDUCE THE SIZE OF GOVERNMENT

Lets hire an productivity consultant agency to find the departments and parts of Government that are redundant or unproductive and eliminate all the parts that are not needed. If we actually do this it will cut the size of Government by probably 1/3 at least!!! It would save billions! (might hurt the unemployment statistics tho....) (But if they are not working productively then why should tax payers have to pay for it?!)... more »

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