Nuclear Regulatory Commission

End of FY Spending by Government (Offer Incentives to Agencies)

As we all know, at the end of the FY each agency scrambles to spend what is left in their budgets. Most of the spending is careless and wasteful. The primary reason for this is because the departements know that if they do not exhaust their budget, they will not get those funds back in their next budget. President Obama should recognize this wasteful spending and offer enticing incentives for agencies that do not... more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Audit contractor budgets

Too many contractors take advantage of the federal budget. They charge extra hours, spend many hours reinventing the wheel so they can charge more hours, and create many extra expenses so they can gain more profit for their company. Contracted projects should be reviewed to determine if current government staff can complete the tasks (they are, after all hired because they have skills and abilities), if the budgets,... more »

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Legislative Branch

Budget Reduction Amnesty

It is my experience that most civil servants feel pressure to spend their entire budgets for fear of having their budgets reduced the next year. This obviously can lead to overspending, waste, and unnecessary spending. Each Agency should make it a formal and well publicized directive that any unused budget funds will not be the basis for future cuts and may actually be used to guarantee future budget levels...Example... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Telework for TSA Inspectors

Allowing for Inspectors to Telework will reduce or free up the need for additional office space (and the associated costs). A majority of time spent in the office is for data-entry of inspection reports which can be done from anywhere. Inspectors are equipped with laptops capable of tethering for intra-net access. Allowances for Inspectors to bring home assigned vehicles would have to be made. I have worked on assignments... more »

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EXOP - Office of Management and Budget

AUTHORIZE OFFICE BUDGET CARRYOVER TO FOLLOW ON YEARS

EVERY YEAR IT IS COMMON PRACTICE TO SPEND DOWN ALLOCATED BUDGETS IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THE SAME OR MORE FOR THE FOLLOWING YEAR. THIS CAN BE WASTEFUL BECAUSE THE PERCEPTIONS ARE THAT IF YOU DON'T USE IT, YOUR BUDGET WILL BE REDUCED THE NEXT YEAR. MOST OF THE TIME, THOSE REMAINING DOLLARS ARE SIMPLY BLOWN ON UNNECESSARY ITEMS, TRAINING AND NICE TO HAVE SUPPLIES WHICH COULD OTHERWISE FALL INTO THE WASTE, FRAUD AND ABUSE CATEGORY.... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

END OF YEAR SPENDING - ROLL OVER BUDGET

Similar to rollover budget and end of year spending. Every year with about 2-3 months left in the fiscal year, not just my Field Office, but I'm sure every agency within the U.S. Government spends the rest of their budget, out of fear of not getting the same amount or more money the following year, and I'm sure as a way to justify asking for more funding. Field Offices should be able to spend what they need to complete... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Costly Use of GSA and Unicor

One of the largest issues is the complexity in getting to purchase materials/office equipment etc. locally. We are essentially forced to order from the corporations such as Unicor and GSA that charge ridiculous prices for their items. While perusing the website in order to purchase a lamp, I came across a 1300.00 lamp! Now I ask, what lamp is worth 1300 when you could easily drive to a local store, purchase an effective,... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Online auctions of surplus equipment

There should be an easy method to get the salvage value from used machinery, furniture and similar materials rather than just throwing it away. An online auction such as GovDeals should be used to get the residual value of these items, but no one seems to know how to do this. Administrators or department heads should be allowed to authorize this means of disposal and be able to keep the recovered funding for their operating... more »

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Legislative Branch

One Standard Business System for the Federal Government

The Federal Government should have one Standard Business Systems. A veteran exiting the military and hired by a federal agency should have the same Business System they were trained on in the military for Human Resources, Contracting, Property Management, Budget & Finance, Fleet Management, Safety, Information Technology, etc. A federal employee should be able to transfer from one federal agency to the next and do... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Turn Off - Every other Light Bulb.

Keep some lights bulbs Off while others light bulbs are On (alternating bulbs). We should continue to alternate bulb use like we did prior to using Fluorescent light bulbs.Thus still providing enough lighting to do the job while conserving Electricity. Reduce lighting – Cost Savings.

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Department of Agriculture

Reduce Irrelevant Training! and get back to work.

We waste thousands of hours and dollars on training that is not relevant to the employee and not relevant to the program. Some of these classes are repeated over and over again, every year. Some examples of this are the Civil Rights and Internet Security classes. Having all employees take these classes every year is excessive and a waste of time. Other examples include ICS 100, ICS 700, ICS 800, HAZWOPER, and NARA... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Electronic Libraries

Go the E-book way.

 

Than having the same hard bound reference book in every office, go electronic. Subscribe/pay for the group access and distribute the log-in info to all employees. The 'Physicians Desk Reference' and the Dictionaries comes to mind! How about Kindling it?

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Department of Commerce

Decrease Negative Cashflow through Advertisement Means

The idea is to grant corporations exclusive advertising contracts at a profitable pricing scheme wherein advertisements originating from the highest bidder are broadcast through government communication networks to the captive audience of government employees seated at data terminals upwards of 10 hours a day during the regular course of exercising their duties. Delivery of private or aggregate personal marketing relevant... more »

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Department of Defense

Budget planning and cuts

Throughout the time I have worked for DOD I have seen so many ways that money is being wasted. Shops and codes have a set amount of money a year they can spend on for their budget. Some spend it all at once, which doesn't work well, because when it gets close to the end of the fiscal year, they have run out of many items and don't have the money in their budget to get more, or they have to borrow money. Then other's... more »

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