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: EXOP - Office of Science and Technology Policy

Implement a "Cultural Concierge Corps" for clinics and hospitals

A "Cultural Concierge Corps" will aid medical personnel and staff with the barriers they face while providing services. A common obstacle to the advancement of health, pharmaceutical, and related services is the barrier that exists due to different cultures, social circumstances, and language(s). The "Cultural Concierge Corps" will aid Doctors with a tool that illustrates their desire to engage, empathize with, and ...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 Homeland Security

Military Health Care Contribution

Currently, active duty members receive 100% free health care and only pay a small amount for dependent/family coverage. I propose that all military members (USA/USN/USMC/USAF/USCG) contribute between $960 to $2400 per year towards their own health care coverage, scaled so that junior members pay the least ($80 per month) and senior members pay the most ($200 per month). With nearly 1.2 million active duty members, ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Commerce

Dual Pay for National Guard or Reservist

Dual entitlements is costing the Governement millions of dollars annually. United States Code currently reads: "A Federal employee who is a member of the National Guard or Reserves is entitled to 15 days (120 hours) of paid military leave under 5 U.S.C. 6323(a) each fiscal year for active duty, active duty training, or inactive duty training. An employee on military leave under section 6323(a) receives his or her ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Defense

Reward Organizational Thrift

On command-level annual personnel reports, include a line to document the percent spent compared to the prior commander. Use an entire line to document unusual circumstances such as major storm events which may necessate extra expenditure. Reward commanders who are thrifty (yet fully accomplish the mission) appropriately, such as by accelerating their career paths. Promote them faster than commanders who spend more ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Defense

Offer early retirement at 15 years or max retirement at 20 years

Offer early retirement for service members at 15 years of service. Addtionally, max out retirement plans for 20 years of service vs. the max of 30 years of service. Too many members stay in past 20 years which hold up advancements for junior members and most of the time they are getting these huge paychecks and not doing a whole lot to contribute toward their service. Offering early retirement with a reduced retirement ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Defense

Plant Perennials Instead of Annuals on Military Installations

CURRENTLY: Maintenance of military installation grounds is necessary to keep up appearance and provide safe environment. Services performed under grounds maintenance contracts like cutting grass, caring for trees, flowers, and shrubs are VERY costly depending on installation size/population, climate, # of buildings, special events, political significance, etc. Most grounds maint contracts have allowances to buy new Annuals ...more »

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Campaign: Legislative Branch

V.A.M.C's to manage active military healthcare stateside

The largest Healthcare system already in place and functioning in this country are the Veteran's Affairs Medical Centers. The infrastructure is already in place. Specially trained physician's and staff are attuned to the special medical issues that arise in the military profession. Some of the most State-of-the-Art care practices exist in the VA system. The VA system is not hindered by the drawbacks of the commercial ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Defense

Consolidate and Contract Military Recruiting

Conduct a survey to see if it is feasible to consolidate all military recruiting agencies (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard) into one contracted agency. Currently, with each branch having its own recruiting service, there is an enormous duplication of effort. Having one civilian contractor be responsible for all military recruiting would greatly streamline the process. This would result in an enormous ...more »

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Campaign: Legislative Branch

Reassign ATON Coast Guard units to state departments

Paying military employees to fix and clean buoys is a huge waste of money. It should be handeled by a state assigned department such as the DOT for the appoprate state. I would save millions to pay hourly wage state employees to handel things like that, instead of salery paid enlisted & officers to change light bulbs and scrubbing algae off of aids.

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