Department of Defense

Fighter Drag Redux

When squadrons deploy, they take their own jets on a long journey to the fight and the returning squadrons makes a lengthy return trip bringing back their aircraft. As many airframes are being pushed passed their planned service life why do we not keep them in place and merely ship the crews and maintainers. This would save fuel, downtime for repairs, reduce wear and tear on already aging airframes and reduce the time ...more »

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Social Security Administration

Revamp Social Security Benefit Verification & Letter Process

One of the largest burdens on Social Security each year is creating "Benefit Verification Letters" for citizens. They are used to verify things like benefit enrollment for purposes of state program eligibility, proof of income for loans, and even birthdate! But due to the wide and undefined range of use, the agency will customize the letter to include whatever a citizen wants. The process is done in-person or by phone. ...more »

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Department of Defense

Flight Suit Reutilization Program (FSRP)

The military flight suit is a purpose built, government issued, uniform needed to keep air crews and missile crews safe and comfortable while performing flight or missile duty. However, this uniform has found its way into daily use at government expense for non-flying and non-missile activities. Recommend that flight suits be maintained as hand receipted issue items managed by each base logistics readiness squadron ...more »

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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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Social Security Administration

Save BILLIONS – Repeal DOMA

This is not a new social issue. Generations have had stable, non-traditional living arrangements. The Founding Fathers would want a tweak in federal law to promote efficiency, quality, simplicity, speed, & EQUITY. One simple change would put tens of thousands back into these households & the general economy. The IRS would feast on hundreds of thousands in “marriage penalties.” The welfare system would benefit by fewer ...more »

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Social Security Administration

Anonymous Interviews for all jobs- SAVE EEOC COMPLAINTS!

Too often high-ranking officials choose those most like them for promotions and unfortunately discriminate against more qualified minorities. Perhaps it is time for others outside the region to choose who to promote through anonymous interviews, thus race and ethnicity are not a part of the hiring decision. Such methods are used when submitting dissertations for doctorate degrees. The dissertation is not judged by "who" ...more »

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Social Security Administration

Allow Citizens to Print Replacement Social Security Cards Online

Every year, the Social Security Administration processes, prints, and issues tens of millions of replacement Social Security Cards. This costs the government untold printing / postage costs and places an enormous burden on both service representatives and citizens to visit their local office for a replacement. Instead of reissuing cards on security paper by postal mail, allow citizens to sign in online at SSA.gov and ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Anemia Awareness: Increase the Efficiency & Quality of Work

Heightened awareness of anemia will empower federal employees with this condition to seek and receive appropriate treatment; this, in turn, will improve the efficiency and quality of their work. It stands to reason that fatigued workers are not as productive or efficient as they could be. Fatigue is the most common symptom of anemia, which is a condition where the blood lacks sufficient red blood cells or the red ...more »

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Social Security Administration

Implement smarter workstation replacement policies

It is a given that CPUs need to be replaced every so often to accommodate software upgrades and improve processing speeds. (Perhaps it is true that some agencies, such as SSA, replace them too frequently, but that is the subject of other SAVE Award ideas so I will not get into that here.) However, computer monitors have longer life cycles and so whenever agencies do a workstation replacement they should not simply replace ...more »

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Executive Office of the President

Enforce the Telework Mandate

By enforcing (really enforcing) telework for non-essential, eligible, and related personnel, the Government will save tremendously on the abundance of unused space, parking, transportation, electricity, fuel consumption, security, etc. We desperately need to ENFORCE this mandate which has the potential to cut costs significantly. Too many "old school" government personnel are inhibiting our advancement for a desire ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Use Both Sides of the Paper...Double Your Inventory!

Although we are trying to automate the Federal Government, there are still many times we have to use paper. When employees print, use duplex printing! When employees take notes, write on both sides! If the Agency distributes monthly Posters to hang up in the building, print 2 months at a time. Flip the poster over after the first month. When an employee gives a presentation, use the "white space" on each side of ...more »

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