Department of Justice

Federal Employee Video Testimony

Routinely the DOJ and US Attorneys Office will subpoena Federal employees to testify in cases outside of the employee's geographical work area. These cases can often be cross country in nature as currently my office on the West Coast is working to find funding to send an employee to the East Coast for under one hour of general background testimony. A cross country flight and hotel for less than one hour of general testimony. ...more »

Voting

20 likes
Active

Executive Office of the President

American SWAG Only

SWAG Stuff We All Get You have seen it in your unit’s storage or at a recruiting event. We give it out to visitors at trade shows or at an unit open house event. Coffee cups, calendars, key chains, pens, challenge coins, you name it and the only thing in common is the sticker on the bottom; Made in China. It is time to impose immediate legislation that will prohibit the purchase of foreign made items for official ...more »

Voting

110 likes
Active

Department of Homeland Security

Consolidate DHS Seized Property Operations

Currently; Border Patrol, CBP, FPS, ICE, TSA and the US Coast Guard have their own facilities, policy, processes, and specialist personnel to handle seized property and contraband. By consolidating all of these facilities and processes into one DHS seized property system, cost savings and efficiency will occur. Why does ICE need a seized property vault in the same geographical location as CBP? Consolidate these facilities ...more »

Voting

28 likes
Active

Department of Homeland Security

Expand Use of Working Dogs at TSA Airport Checkpoints

Currently few if any TSA airport sites use working dogs. Instead of spending millions on technology that cannot find everything, start placing trained bomb sniffing dogs at all airports. At the same time train TSA personnel to watch for signs of people reacting nervously to the dogs. These individuals, and any the dogs alert on, could then be rapidly pulled aside for enhanced security inspections. Utilization of properly ...more »

Voting

14 likes
Active

Department of Homeland Security

Use of Profiling Techniques by TSA

Its time that TSA begin profiling potential threats. It is taking too long and costing too much for TSA to treat everyone as a threat. Use of proper profiling techniques to focus on specific individuals will more efficiently and effectively use TSA resources, reduce delays for most travelers at security checkpoints, reduce overall operating costs, and most importantly - provide more security for air travel.

Voting

11 likes
Active

Department of Homeland Security

Consolidation of CBP and TSA Bonded Facility and Cargo Operation

Prior to the creation of the DHS, the former US Customs Service was the primary entity for inspecting inbound and outbound foreign cargo at US International airports as well as compliance and control of related bonded facilities. The events of September 11, 2001 resulted in the creation of DHS as well as the TSA with the consolidation of the Customs Service into CBP. Since 2001 the TSA has grown and expanded in mission ...more »

Voting

7 likes
Active

Department of Homeland Security

Consolidate the ICE FDL and CBP FDAU

The ICE Forensic Document Laboratory and the CBP Fradulent Document Analysis Unit essentially perform the same function, albeit from two different perspectives. The FDL examines fraudulent documents, the FDAU examines fraudulent document trends. These people should be working in the same unit at the very least, and there is quite a bit of overlap between the two which could result in trimming some costs.

Voting

7 likes
Active

Department of Homeland Security

St. Elizabeths - Stop DHS HQ consolidation with USCG

Reconsider total costs of consolidation in terms of great costs of rehabilitating extensively decayed buildings with little national historical value. The Department, government, and tax payer will incur vast costs as a result of this rehabilitation, movement of large numbers of employees work spaces, loss of employees due to decreases in work-life balance, rehire costs, retraining costs, decreased efficiency, etc. ...more »

Voting

7 likes
Active

Executive Office of the President

Locate Fed Gov Offices in DC to a Set of Locations in Va MD

Save costs on real estate and leasing fees by moving Federal offices now located in DC to a limited number of satellite government centers in the states surrounding DC. There is no reason to concentrate offices in DC. Work functions, communication needs, work products, etc. DO NOT necessitate a physical DC address. Commuting times would be decreased, quality of life would be increased, and many, many other benefits ...more »

Voting

12 likes
Active

Legislative Branch

Make an assessment of worker to management ratio

As an example; an office of 24, management consists of 1 Associate Commissioner, 1 Deputy Associate Commissioner, 1 GS-15 Director, 1 Executive Officer, 3 GS-14 Division Directors, 1 GS-14 Senior Advisor, 1 GS-13 Supervisor; 9 managers to manage 15 people? This is not a joke, the staff could be more efficiently managed to ensure individuals have ample responsibility for the positions they hold. Perhaps I am the only one ...more »

Voting

31 likes
Active

Department of Homeland Security

Alternating - Light Bulbs (Turn off every other bulb).

We may be using Fluorescent light bulbs, but we should continue to alternate bulb use like we did prior to using Fluorescent light bulbs. We should keep some lights bulbs Off while others light bulbs are On (alternating bulbs). Thus still providing enough lighting to do the job while conserving Electricity; Reducing lighting where necessary.

Voting

11 likes
Active

Department of Homeland Security

Create DHS Ombudsman Office to deal with abuses of power

Create DHS Ombudsman Office to deal with abuses of power that decrease efficiency. This office could address unprofessional behavior that is not criminal. The mandate of this office would be to champion employees who have tried to make improvements or changes to the workplace and have met with organizational resistance brought about by personal bias, laziness, or possibly by efforts made to cover incompetence or illegal ...more »

Voting

15 likes
Active

Legislative Branch

Ethics Training- Mandatory for all agency heads and management

The number of examples of unethical behavior seems to increase daily, primarily because the ethics education has not been provided and/or is not emphasised. Government should provide annual mandatory "in class" training sessions to all management and senior officials. Employees should be encouraged to provide anonymous reports of unethical behavior. The training in addition to the anonymous reporting would provide for ...more »

Voting

16 likes
Active

Legislative Branch

Eliminate unnecessary international and domestic travel

Conducting international negotiations overseas (as an example) is unnecessary considering the available technology. Offices are equiped with advanced communications that permit conferences electronically. Why is it then necessary to have to send a group overseas to conduct negotiations which are generally informal/friendly in nature and that can be conducted via teleconference? The government would save several million ...more »

Voting

18 likes
Active