We can stream line overlapping law enforcement functions/jurisdictions, and save money, have a higher amount of productivity and utilization of resources,a stronger more defined mission, and a stronger more supportive Chain of Command adherant to the Criminal Law Enforcement mission. This will be accomplished by consolidating the criminal law enforcement functions of the underutillized,misappropriated "orphan" positions... more »
There is an agreement between GSA and DHS regarding Federal alarm monitoring: if the property is a GSA space or lease, the alarm monitoring is complimentary. This is not common knowledge. As such, working at the Denver MegaCenter, one of four MegaCenters in America, we are routinely advising agencies that they do not need to pay for monitoring and maintenance through companies like ADT and Siemens because the alarm... more »
There are various examples where employees try to seek out assistance in order to alleviate very stressful situations with innapropriate management. Sometimes it is discrimation, other times is bulling, other times is just an issue with personality conflict or simply management acting innapropriately at work. If the agency continues to "brush" off these complaints by dismissing them quickly at the EEO levels, they are... more »
At this time DHS / TSA uses so many different computer systems to collect data i.e. iShare, SharePoint, Microsoft systems etc. My suggestion is to Collaborate the data collection via either Microsoft Access or Microsoft InfoPath. Besides the simplicity of one system for data collection it would also assist with the problem of "overwritten" data which would reduce rebuilding the same data over again.
Currently, active duty members receive 100% free health care and only pay a small amount for dependent/family coverage. I propose that all military members (USA/USN/USMC/USAF/USCG) contribute between $960 to $2400 per year towards their own health care coverage, scaled so that junior members pay the least ($80 per month) and senior members pay the most ($200 per month). With nearly 1.2 million active duty members,... more »
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 »
It is rare that incompetent or abusive management are removed. Typically they are only changed or removed after they do something where the agency has to step in to clean up. If employees had the opportunity to report these individuals while the negative behavior is occurring, the agency would save itself from having to clean up after them later, and would make for a better work force. As an example, there were senior... more »
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 »
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 »
With BRAC under full effect it appears that there are opportunities to consolidate DHS bases of operation with DOD facilities. With multiple DHS facilities around the nation in rented or leased structures moving to facilities slated for closure or realignment by BRAC seems to make sense. There are multiple areas where alignment of DHS capabilities onto DOD facilities increases force protection and provides opportunities... more »
Everyday, DHS and private-bar attorneys file State Dept.-published human rights reports (20-100 pages each) before 235 immigration judges in 59 courts nationwide. These reports are updated annually, and because immigration cases can last a matter of years, often these reports are filed multiple times for the same case. The immigration courts should take judicial notice of these reports, so that they do not have to be... more »
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 »
Federal Employees appreciate the time-off we get from our national federal holidays, and we appreciate our country too.
As mentioned in a previous entry, Election Day should be a national federal holiday, but I suggest that all national federal holidays should be unpaid time-off.
My idea is for the "powers that be" to develop the ability for any monies left in the budget at the end of the year to be applied directly to the National Debt. Meaning that a local office can press a button and the monies go directly to the National Debt, they are not funneled back to parent agencies where the monies will be spent so they don't loose out the following year. Additionally I would like to add that being... more »
Instead of agents working 5 days a week for 10 hours per day, agents should work 4 days a week for 12 hours. That saves the government 2 hours a week per agent in the border patol. That is a savings of millions of dollars a month. Border Patrol agents will gladly sacrafice two hours of pay a week if that means they have an extra day to spend with their family and friends. Thank You