Social Security Administration

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Paper and toner use reduction

Our office, like many others sends a ton of or supply money on coping paper. Since we are headed toward being paperless, I am suggesting that for individuals with email addresses, we can give claimants the option of getting their copy of the application via mail or email. We could send this in encrypted emails if necessary or have a program that blocks out most or all of the Social Security Numbers for security purposes. ...more »

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Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection

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Efficiency Response Team (ERT)

Why reinvent the wheel? Let's use our current government-wide expertise and resources to create efficiences and save money! Within agencies and between agencies there are often short-term human resource, IT, internal control and procurement needs from start-up or reorganization activities. There are departments and government staff that have developed efficient processes to address these functions. By putting together ...more »

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Senate

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Untable Cut, Cap and Balance and Pass it NOW!

Why did the Senate table this bill? Cause you did not write it? Bring it up for a vote and pass it! It is the best bill that addresses our debt problem! CUT spending, don't raise taxes so you can dream up more ways to spend our money! You have OVERspent long enough! Enough is enough! It is time to pay the bills! All of us live on a budget and it works. Live within your means. Stop taxing the wealthy (those that ...more »

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Legislative Branch

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Cut spending and balance the budget

DO NOT RAISE THE DEBT CEILING! Pass a budget (preferably a balanced budget). Repeal the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act." Next, entitlement reform (privitization of Social Security, etc.). End alternative energy and farm subsidies. Decrease the size of the Federal government and empower the state governments. Enact spending caps and term limits on the Legislature. Consolidate duplicate governemnt programs ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

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Eliminate Trinket "Give Aways" - Wasteful Practice

Just about every office in every Federal agency makes multiple purchases of "give aways". Millions of dollars are spent on these items every year. These items may include things like custom pens, tote bags, bookmarks, mousepads, T-shirts, thumbdrives, etc., as a means of promoting their resources. Given the current economic situation, should Uncle Sam really be spending vast sums of money on token items that are most ...more »

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Department of Transportation

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Stop printing out our names!! And the Use of Printing Quotas

Every time I passed by the recycling bin next to the office printer, I often see piles of paper in there that are not documents from work but rather the pages with people’s name and the document’s title. This is such a waste of ink and paper because most people just throw them away. I suggest adding an option as we print from the computer where we can choose whether we want that first page of our name and document’s title ...more »

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Legislative Branch

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Supplies Sharing

Many offices maintain office supplies and equipment, and have an excess of items that are often new and barely used. In many instances, these items go unused or shelves, and will, at some point, be discarded or donated. Yet, it is likely that someone within the Federal Government has need of them now. Rather than placing an order for items, or going without, what if a database were created for listing and describing ...more »

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Department of State

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Information Resources Centers

Almost all first world, and many second world, citizens have access to the internet. In those areas, the Information Resource Centers (IRC) in Embassies are greatly underuntilized and a waste of space, personnel, and other resources.

I suggest we remove the IRC from these locations and either save money, or use that money in another area.

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Department of Defense

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Don't Cut Military Spending, Just Spend Wiser

Instead of cutting money to the military, quit paying extremely high retention bonuses. For a new person to enter the Navy, for example, there is a sign on bonus of at $2000 and some even get $25,000 depending on their ASVAB scores. After getting into the military, those with specialized rates are being given at most a $75,000 bonus. Most get a $25,000 bonus. If they joined the military as a volunteer and the job ...more »

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Department of State

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Cut spending

Let's start at the TOP - with the defense budget for instance - lots of pork fat there! Then let's move on to the salaries and benefits of our Congressmen and House of Reps and don't forget the Senators - a small pay cut wouldn't hurt them in the least and it's only fair that we ALL pitch in. Next let's extend the work age to 67 or maybe even 68, instead of mandatory retirement at 65, so that we baby boomers can continue ...more »

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Social Security Administration

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Common Sense

Hmm, how to save money? Hey, I have an idea: let's try "living" within/below our means. For starters, how about we cut off foreign aid, both to foreign countries as well as to foreign nationals who come to this country for the purpose of taking advantage of our very lax and very stupid immigration and public social services policies. Why are we taking care of the citizens of other countries while neglecting or even ...more »

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