Campaign: Department of Veterans Affairs

Wasting 500cc IV minibags - RN

We should eliminate hanging the 500cc minibags of normal saline when infusing an IV antibiotic, for patients that receive IV antibiotics daily or one time a new 500cc bag of NS is hung and changed daily. On most occasions not even 10CC of NS is being used and the unused NS gets thrown away. We already flush the PIV and PICC before and after with either 3ml or 10ml of NS so why are we even hanging the minibags. Why ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Homeland Security

Crewmember Paperwork Reduction Initiative

Thousands of crewmembers are processed by Customs and Border Protection Officers in extremely busy airports with numbers that range as  high as 41 million passengers (including as much as 8 million international passengers) in Atlanta's Hartfield Jackson International Airport (US busiest airport) to average 29 million passengers a year including 9 million international passengers every year in over 20 airports around ...more »

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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: Social Security Administration

Technology

Our agency has Video Service Delivery Equipment in Central Office, Regional Offices, ODAR and many Field Offices. I propose the government find more efficient uses for this equipment. Currently, our region is using the equipment to fill positions that could not be filled due to budget constraints. However, if more field offices had the equipment, Immediate Claims Taking Units could assist with walk in traffic (with ...more »

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Campaign: 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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Campaign: 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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Campaign: Department of the Interior

Encourage the Use of Webcasts for Meetings to Cut Travel Costs

In many cases, meetings take place that involve different agencies or field offices. If we encourage the use of webcasting for meetings we would save tax money by cutting back on printing costs, fuel, and employee time. Meeting materials would be sent via email before the meeting or shown in a presentation during the webcast. This would save dollars on printing materials to hand out in meetings. Also, by meeting through ...more »

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Campaign: General Services Administration

Centralize USG Procurement & Erase Unintentional Competition

We all know the USG’s Federal agencies, departments, bureaus, contractors etc. spend billions of dollars annually on the procurement of simple goods to run their offices and in-field operations. These are basic products (paper, pens, power cords, post-its etc.) which any entity - public or private - requires to conduct a successful business. The items are mostly small in per-unit-price, yet when extrapolated to support ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Veterans Affairs

Regional and Area Office Site Visits by Video Teleconferencing

All Regional and Area Office Site Visits should be conducted by teleconferencing. The time spent travelling, in additional to the mileage and hotels required, cost the Federal Government millions of dollars yearly. Videoteleconferencing is a very effective method of communication and is commonly used in the private sector. The advances in automation now allow ROs and Area Offices to see the same listings and documents ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Veterans Affairs

Urgent CT scan Vista display board

During a normal work day radiology request are flying off the printer to be done urgently or to be scheduled. If the ER or inpatient request needs to be done right away for CT scan, a lot of times it may be overlooked. The provider who placed the order must contact CT scan to get the scan done right away. For some reason we cannot split up the urgent scans from the routine scans to different printers. Also the idea was ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Transportation

Reduce Travel & Travel Costs by increasing the FTR's TDY radius

Change the Federal Travel Regulations (FTR) to increase the Temporary Duty (TDY) travel radius from 35 miles to 60 miles. This change would save money and cause agencies to perform better since: (1) It would stop the current practice of federal employees in downtown Washington, DC collecting lodging and per-diem reimbursements while attending conferences in the DC suburbs (Leesburg, Frederick, etc). (2) It would cause ...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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