Department of Education

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Smart on Education

With the amount of grants and loans the government gives to students we could stucture it better to pay for more individuals to complete college with less debt and a better outcome after graduation. Currently we are giving students loans and grants over and above their college cost. We should be paying directly to the school only for the amount of tuition, books, fees, and necessary materials. Currently we give students ...more »

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Department of Energy

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Fully Privatize National Laboratories

Department of Energy national laboratories receive agency appropriations and funds from other federal, state or private entities. The management structure of most laboratories typically includes a for-profit partner. Laboratory management has successfully avoided fully disclosing its expenditures making effective oversight a challenge. By competing ownership of the laboratories (or divesting those in which the government ...more »

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Department of Energy

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Avoid Overfunding Grantees

Expand USASpending.gov to include contract and grant deliverables. Grant-making agencies inadvertently double, sometimes triple fund the same work. With this added capability, program managers could search for similar, already federally-funded deliverables and give higher priority to innovative, responsive and highly-rated yet unfunded proposals.

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Department of the Treasury

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Centralize Grant and Loan Reporting Requirements

Currently, an awardee of grants or loans from multiple programs or agencies is required to submit separate reporting schedules for each individual instance of an award. Just as we have the Standard Form family, there should be a centralized reporting form that is modular and has data fields tagged in XLM format for various agencies. This way, awardees can stop submitting duplicate paperwork (a huge waste of resources ...more »

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Department of Justice

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Program Evaluation/Assessment

Many grant making agencies are awarding huge amounts of money for grantees to evaluate and assess agency initiatives and programs. Many times grantees are evaluating other grantee programs. Also, since the evaluations are being conducted with grant money, any evaluation reports become part of grant files and are poorly circulated or distributed to stakeholders. I suggest we keep program evaluation in house by allocating ...more »

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Department of Justice

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millions in savings for government grant programs

As one of the major grant-making bureaus within the Department of Justice, we make volumes of competitive grant awards to states, local units of government, non profits and many other justice-related entities to improve the delivery of justice across the nation. The primary mechanism that we rely upon to make grant award decisions is the use of peer review. We utilize experts and practitioners in the field to make determinations ...more »

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National Endowment for the Humanities

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Mail Panels for Fellowships

Eliminate standing panel meetings for fellowship competition. With 35-40 panels per year, 5 panelists per panel, the travel costs alone are excessive. Run the competition like Summer Stipends, solely by mail. This was done many years ago, so there is precedent.

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Legislative Branch

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Federal Foundations

Why do we need separate federal foundations? We have the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation, the Christopher Columbus Foundation, Barry M. Goldwater Foundation, James Madison Foundation, and the Harry S. Truman Foundation. Can't these grant programs be incorporated into existing federal grant agencies? For example, the Christopher Columbus Fdn seems a good fit for the NSF.

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National Endowment for the Humanities

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Keep Grant Money in U.S.

Require all federal grants given to individuals(fellowships, stipends, scholarships, etc.) be given only to U.S. citizens. Currently, foreigners who reside in the U.S. for three or more years are allowed to receive these grants.

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Department of Housing and Urban Development

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Use SharePoint/InfoPath for InHouse Grant Competition Management

The Federal Government already licenses software packages such as Microsoft SharePoint and InfoPath that can be effectively used to operate and manage competitive grant application review processes. Currently, the IT infrastructure for most grant competitions relies on contractor built systems that unnecessarily cost the government millions of dollars. Case Study: For a recent $2 billion Recovery Act funded grant competition, ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

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Refocus Laws and Regulations

I work with Federal laws and regulations every day. I find that many are created solely to serve a social purpose. (For example, a set of federal laws require that the USDA give grants to universities to perform agricultural research, even though much of the research is redundant or unnecessary. Likewise, Federal agencies must give certain vendors preference in purchasing, even if they charge more than larger entities.) ...more »

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Department of Education

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Foreign Students

American education is by itself a big incentive for foreign students. They may not mind, if they could afford, to be paying their way through schooling in the USA.

 

Otherwise create loans for them like all Americans kids already need to get, so as to encourage and retain brilliant students from other countries.

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