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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Bring back the punch clock!

Keeping track of the hours worked of millions of federal employees is an important job. Federal workers do not get paid automatically by salary, although many folks have rigged the electronic timesheet system that way. We can save our nation money by putting in an old fashioned honest day's work, day in and day out. But who is keeping track/ Who is watching? In certain branches a few supervisors are watching, but by and... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Develop Communications Guide

Each branch, department, and/or division should develop a "Communications Guide". The purpose of this guide is to assist internal staff and external partners in selecting and setting up the best communication tool available to both parties. The guide will provide step-by-step details on how to register for it, access the technology, use it, list equipment needed, and other applicable details. Examples of technologies... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

FEMA Flood Maps

FEMA can use other agency flood mapping for interim use to revise Flood plains. For example, The USGS has completed a flood study that lowers the Base flood eleveation for Braes Bayou in Houston Texas by 4 feet. FEMA says they can't/don't have to/won't use the USGS study. So 1000s of homeowners are paying for flood insurance when we are no longer at risk for a 100 year flood. FEMA can save millions of dollars by... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Limit Blackberries to critical employees

Lots of people with Blackberries in the Government. Do they really need them? I don’t think so. The Government needs to look at who really needs a Blackberry to save some money by limiting them to those key people (emergency personal, managers,directors, etc.) implement webmail in all agencies and people can then check their e-mails from anywhere. I have seen people with Blackberry that don’t really need them and is more... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

FEMA & NEMIS

Update the NEMIS System, so when applicants register in a disaster and they are returned from inspection with multiple Causes of Damage and state they have Homeowners Insurance that the system does not automatically pay Flood line items. This would save man hours in recoupements for duplication of benefits if the applicant has flood insurance and would also put manual processing and NEMIS on the same page.

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Department of Homeland Security

One Federal agency repairs home only to be demolished later

FEMA's acquisition of properties under the Hazard mitigation program (HMGP) of properties for which home repair claims have been paid, results in money being wasted. Billions of dollars will be saved in the future if we take corrective measures now. FEMA Individual Assistance (IA) section pays up to $30,000 to uninsured homeowners to repair their homes immediately following a disaster while the National Flood Insurance... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Save money with realistic hours of operation for FEMA

FEMA call center staff currently work 7a-1a Eastern, 7 days per week. 86% of their registrations are taken M-F and 94% are taken from 8a-9p, most by 8pm. Reducing the hours of operation to M-F, 8a-8p would save the Agency upwards of $1M in night/weekend differential pay and $1M+ in nighttime facility services with little degradation in service. FEMA offers a website by which a survivor can check the status of their... more »

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Executive Office of the President

Mandate that this site be uttilized

Mandate that the top 100 ideas at a minimum are forwarded to the involved agency executive for review and comment. There are an extensive amount of valuable ideas here that may not score number one. It would be tremendous waste of effort if those below number one were not reviewed for consideration. We all have an idea or two here, we all put effort into this, what a waste if the ideas were simply deleted. Mandate that... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

FEMA/NFIP Letters of Map Change-Delivery Options

FEMA engages in Floodplain Mapping for insurance rating. The Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) are based on hydraulic and hydrologic studies captured at the time of the data review. The FIRMS are only as good as the data used at the time of completion. Because of this we consider updates from local government and private land owners. Depending upon the science presented as consideration for an update, the outcome of the... more »

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