Campaign: Department of Veterans Affairs

Complete Disability Payment Overhaul - Save Money Now!

Currently a disabled Veteran can receive disability benefits from 3 agencies - VA, DOD, and Social Security. Need to overhaul the disability payment systems to ensure that the right amount of payment is provided which is difficult since we have 3 agencies responsible to address the payments for our veterans. Why not only 1 agency - the VA manage all veterans disability payments. This will ensure Veterans receive accurate ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Defense

Minimize use of Meal Ready-To-Eat (MREs)

Just in October 2010 alone, the DoD awarded contracts with a maximum total amount of over $188 million to provide meal-ready-to-eat (MREs) for servicemembers. (http://www.defense.gov/contracts/contract.aspx?contractid=4397) The DoD can significantly save money if it implements a plan to reduce the use of MREs by providing an option for soldiers to instead subsidize their meals with a minimal allowance. This can amount ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Defense

STOP THE INSANITY! Why Throw Away $$$ Billions???

Why does a completely tax exempt organization voluntarily throw away billions of dollars by paying taxes on travel? I travel a lot for the Navy and detest that taxes for TDY travel expenses are charged to my government credit card. Though the Government Treasury will get the taxes back, for the Navy and the Program Office (PMA), those funds are lost. Those lost and unrecoverable funds, which can quickly add up to billions, ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Defense

OCONUS DoD Contract Administration Support

The DoD should require Service (Army, Navy, etc.) buying commands to delegate OCONUS Contract Administration support to the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) whenever possible, and to report to their Service acquisition chief when they elect not to. Additionally, Service buying commands should reimburse DCMA on a fee-for-service basis whenever Contract Administration is delegated to DCMA. Currently, DCMA is ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Defense

Excess Internet (Data) Circuit Capacity

Imagine if you lived with a roommate and he wanted Comcast Xfinity internet. So he paid for it. And you live upstairs and you want Verizon FIOS…and you pay for it. All of us would say “Wow…why do you need two internet connections?? That’s wasteful!” But when you come to the DoD, this problem of multiple internet access circuits happens every day. US Navy (incl USMC) has $60M in excess terrestrial internet circuit capacity ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Defense

Defense Logistics Agency & Anti-Trust for Gov't Organizations

While the Federal Government monitors and enforces law regarding anti-competitive behavior and unfair business practices within industry to protect consumers, it encourages consolidation based on unfounded claims of efficiency within Government organizations. A clear example is the Defense Logistics Agency, which manages everything from DoD energy supplies (fuel), Clothing & Textiles, Medical equipment, Construction & ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Defense

Reduction in Number and Content of DoD Directives & Instructions

The large number of DoD Directives & Instructions existing within the Department of Defense today establishes rules that regulate/control business operations and procedures. As the “total number” and total “word content” of Directives and Instructions increase, there is a corresponding growth in the administrative burden imposed upon the Government workforce. Unless measures are taken to curb the growth and reduce the ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Defense

Incentive to Spend

I work in contracting and it is very clear to me and everyone I've talked to that there is an incentive to spend all the money given, not save it. It's called End of Fiscal Year Spending. If you don't use it, you lose it. This is a problem with the way the budgets are created and dispersed. Any money that you do not spend, money you save, many times gets taken away from next year's budget. This is what has people ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Veterans Affairs

Merge VA into DOD

Eliminate the VA as a separate entity, by rolling the Dept. of Veterans Affairs into the DOD, to provide care for all active duty forces, their families and Veterans. Cost reductions include eliminating redundant department and services. Eliminating the VA central office in Washington DC. Lower costs of supplies and pharmaceuticals due to the combined purchasing power of the VA and DOD. Improved inefficiencies in ...more »

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Campaign: 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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Campaign: Department of Defense

7 Weeks waiting on "Airlifted" Unaccompanied Baggage?

I have made 5 international Permanent Changes of Station (PCS) in my 12-year military career. Each move, I am allowed to move ~1k lbs of "express" goods (called "unaccompanied baggage") which are allegedly shipped via air cargo to my new location. However, these shipments take 6+ weeks to arrive...what plane takes 6 weeks to get to the new location? Of course, there are other nodes in the transportation chain, but ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Defense

More Competition

The government needs to make it easier to compete more contracts. Every day I hear that the Government is required to compete contracts for construction, services, ect. But the requirements to do so are too difficult to follow with the short contracting and award deadlines that we experience. We are more or less required to use 8(A) contactors which is run by the SBA on our projects. The SBA sets rules that necessitate ...more »

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