Department of Veterans Affairs

VA Hospital Encounters

While working here at the VA, I am in charge of ensuring that the encounters for Patient billing are entered correctly for my department. Since taking over this task the number of errors being made by the staff in this department has drastically dropped because I created how to guides and done several different educational sessions with clinicians in our department. The VA has a vast problem with these encounters and ...more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NASA Budget Allocations

Eliminate the unnecessary and inefficient budget micromanagement forced upon NASA by Congress. Allow NASA to set its own internal funding allocations based on the space policy priorities set by the President. Congress should not be directing NASA to spend $X million on this program and $Y million on that (or worse, having non engineers design the next heavy lift launch system). To do so is at best wastefully inefficient ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Immigration Health Services Restrictions

Currently, the Ice Health Service Corps reimburses providers who give healthcare to illegal immigrants who are in border patrol custody. Much of this healthcare is often frivolous, such as an ambulance ride and emergency room treatment for chapped lips, which was an actual paid claim. Many of these services are needed, such as TB screenings and true emergency services, but the rest are not. I suggest tighter restrictions ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Public Private Partnership

With over $14 trillion debt, it is high time that the Federal Governemnt change its funding policy. No public or private organization can receive Federal Government capital, operations or research funding unless it contributes a minimum of 10% of the total project budget. In other words, the Federal Government will not provide grants or funds without a minimum (10%) matching from the grantee, recipient or contractor. ...more »

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Department of Commerce

Multi-year funding for operating/maintaining ships

Appropriating multi-year funds to pay for operation and maintenance of Federal ships would save millions of dollars in costs incurred each year. These costs result from our ability to plan and manage being impeded by uncertain budgets and delayed appropriations. This leads to: - Deferring necessary maintenance that results in catastrophic failures that need expensive repair instead of paying for relatively inexpensive ...more »

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Department of Defense

Consolidation of program funding

OSD manages $3B per year in program funding. $1.2B is like research also performed in the military services (Army, Navy, Air Force). OSD and military use separate overhead resources (2%) to execute research programs. Transfer $1.2B of like research to military and save $24M through elimination of OSD contractors, payroll, travel and duplicated research projects.

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Legislative Branch

Defund NPR

Stop funding NPR. The tax dollars allocated to NPR is a small fraction of NPR's funds, but could reduce the deficit. Funding NPR was necessary in its infancy, but it has shown that it can flourish without the amount they get from the federal government.

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Department of Justice

Eliminate Elective Surgeries for Inmates

I have worked in the prison system for over 10 years and I have to question why we spend hundreds of thousands of dollars performing elective surgeries on inmates that have lived with their conditions for years. We could eliminate millions of dollars and cut significant government spending by screening inmates on their initial incarceration and documenting their existing medical conditions. Why is the government responsible ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Eliminate (perceived) penalty to return unused budget dollars

Fear that not using our full allocated budget dollars will mean a decrease in funds the next fiscal year; there is a push for unnecessary or non critical spending days before deadline. On the contrary, there should be incentives to return unused portions.

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Department of Defense

USG, including Executive, Legislative and Judicial Funding

"All USG agencies/departments, and the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches, should be funded at 75% of their end of fiscal year 2009 expenditures. One exception is DoD: DoD would be funded at 80% of its expenditures for fiscal year 2010. Rationale: to reconstitute forces expended for the previous ten years. Funding would be held at these respective levels for 3 fiscal years, with only growth to aligned with ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

QA of Disability Status

Exercise the audit function of Agencies or OMB to on a three to five year frequency elibility status of disabled individuals. The resulting reduction in number of individuals receiving disability due to changing circumstances, physical capabilities, environment, etc. will at least cover the cost of auditing, but is likely to reduce expenses and related coverage of multiple support mechanisms for food, shelter, and medical ...more »

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Eliminating expiration dates on funding, reduce funding types

A lot of funding appears to be spent less wisely at the end of the fiscal year when the funds are expiring. Recommend changing the funding types (SCN, OM&N, OPN, etc.) to two types of funding. The two types of funding would be government billets funding and programs and projects funding with unlimited expiration dates for both. This will eliminate the need to spend “end of year” funding just because it is expiring. ...more »

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