Department of Veterans Affairs

Hire the Best Candidate for Filling Federal Jobs

The Federal Government should not hire employees just because they meet a quota.

 

I've seen too many employees hired to meet a targeted category, who were totally unable to do the job. Some were eventually terminated, some still working.

 

By getting the best qualified candidates, we would cut out the waste in money used to train, and give the American Taxpayers the Federal Government that they expect and deserve.

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Social Security Administration

Require Agency Use SSA's Inmate Database To Stop Inmate Benefits

Require all Federal Agencies that provide federal benefits or aid must use the Social Security Administration "Federal Benefit/Prisoner Data Exchange System" when determining benefit eligibility according to the agency policy requirement for individuals, or beneficiaries of individuals, incarcerated in federal prisons. (http://www.socialsecurity.gov/history/ssa/ssa2000chapter6.html) The Federal Bureau of Prisons currently ...more »

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Social Security Administration

Ensure No Nat’l Cemetery Burial For Persons Guilty Capital Crime

Require Federal and State agencies make use of the Social Security Administration “Federal Benefit/Prisoner Data Exchange System” to: (1) provide SSA with prisoner information necessary to identify ineligible persons (e.g., Life and Death Sentences); (2) determine eligibility for burial in the National Cemetery System or the Arlington National Cemetery; (3) ensure timely notice is provided to appropriate Federal official ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Save $3.5 billion/year in Medication Error Costs

Patient have difficulty understanding, remembering, and following technical, confusing medication instructions, and so may miss, double up on, or otherwise miss-take medications. When patients fail to improve as expected, clinicians may unnecessarily increase, duplicate, or change medications. Resultant poor patient health and avoidable, prolonged, more complicated hospital admissions lead to poor health outcomes and ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Restructure Budget to Provide "Dividend" Refunds to Taxpayers

During this time of fiscal hardship, it will benefit our country to follow the examples of publicly traded businesses. If you remove the ridiculous "spend it or lose it" culture in government agencies by abolishing budget cuts for next year based on savings from last year you will foster an environment of saving, rather than spending. I have no doubt that many (if not all) agencies can frequently operate under budget ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Government of the People, By the People, For the People

These words were spoken by Abraham Lincoln in the Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863. Here we are in the United States 147 years, 260 days later. We are watching Congress. At this second, we are $14,546,716,998,177 in debt. It took me 6 seconds to type that number, and the debt raised $262,554(Over 260 THOUSAND DOLLARS!!!) while I was typing. We have to get a handle on our spending in the Federal Government. ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Telework without boundaries

The President’s initiative on telework is a progressive step for the U.S. Government. However, the initiative, in its current form only succeeds in minimal reductions to administrative costs. Thus, telework procedures need to be taken to the next level. For those positions that can be performed entirely remotely, the employee should be given the flexibility to perform their duties from any geographic location. The savings ...more »

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Department of Energy

Pass the federal budget on time

Every year the federal budget is delayed which creates huge inefficiencies in the implementation of work and excessive administrative burdens. This spells unnecessary costs to the taxpayer. I think the members of Congress should have to take a pay cut for every day they are delayed in passing the budget. That is called "pay for performance."

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Adopt MANY of these suggestions

Why not adopt MANY of these suggestions? Many of these are legitimate money-saving suggestions for the Federal Government.

 

I suggest adopting as many of these as possible to give the American Taxpayers the Federal Government that they expect and deserve.

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Department of Energy

Training via Distance Learning

Arrange for all National Training Center (NTC) courses and other courses of interest to DOE employees and contractors such as those offered by universities, national labs, DOE sites, etc. to be available through distance learning. That will save travel costs and ensure that employees still have access to the training they need to perform their jobs safely, effectively, and efficiently.

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Department of Defense

Reward Organizational Thrift

On command-level annual personnel reports, include a line to document the percent spent compared to the prior commander. Use an entire line to document unusual circumstances such as major storm events which may necessate extra expenditure. Reward commanders who are thrifty (yet fully accomplish the mission) appropriately, such as by accelerating their career paths. Promote them faster than commanders who spend more ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Stop Inter-Agency Billing

When one agency provides services for another, a sincere thank you should suffice. The idea of one part of the government billing another is wasteful. Consider the accounting and paying the accountant. At best this practice shows the need for more inter-agency cooperation. At worst, it subverts the budgeting process.

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Legislative Branch

Reward the top 10 best ideas for each agency/military facility

Last year, there was an award for the top idea, why not the top 20 or 50? Or why not reward the top 10 people of each agency/military facility? A certificate is sufficient to give the message to employees that their observations and saving measure suggestions are welcomed. At the very least, there ought to be a list of the top 20 ideas per agency/military facility that was integrated. If an idea is applicable to all federal ...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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Government Accountability Office

Rollover Budgeting: Ensuring Essential Spending Without Waste

I was first introduced to the reality of "use it or lose it" spending in the first year I began my government service as an enlisted U.S. Marine in 1993. This first experience involved being handed a government credit card, an internal SERVMART account, and was then directed to go to the self-service store to spend every last dollar remaining in the account on whatever was available, which was approximately $2,500. ...more »

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