Department of Veterans Affairs

Revamp USAJOBS.GOV To Allow For Job Applicant Feedback

USAJOBS.GOV should be revamped.

 

Job applicants should not only receive the confirmation that the resume/application were sent, applicants should also be provided feedback from the HR reviewer.

 

The HR communication would prevent the necessity of follow-ups and simplify the Federal Government job application process, saving the Federal Government millions of dollars.

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Initial, Mid Career, and End of Service Career Counseling

The first component entails informing veterans of opportunities and programs that exist and can be beneficial to them in many ways. This starts by taking VA HR personnel and assigning them to sections of the nation where they are readily available to military bases to work with commanding officers to conduct periodic information sessions with group members. Information disseminated allows veterans to remain current on ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Adopt MANY of these suggestions

Why not adopt MANY of these suggestions? Many of these are legitimate money-saving suggestions for the Federal Government.

 

I suggest adopting as many of these as possible to give the American Taxpayers the Federal Government that they expect and deserve.

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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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EXOP - Office of Science and Technology Policy

Quit reinventing the "IT Security Policy" wheel !

I am an IT Security Engineer that has worked for numerous agencies within multiple different departments (DOD, DOS, DHS, Treasury, etc...). It seems to me that every agency insists on having their own IT Security Policy for sensitive but unclassified data even though I would estimate that about 90% of it is the same no matter what agency it is. (For example, how many people out there are required to use a "strong" password"? ...more »

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Social Security Administration

SSA Should Develop “MySSA” App for Cell Phone

Statistics show that 91% of Americans now use cell phones. Over 35% of Americans now own a smart phone. There is an App for everything these days. SSA has a great website online. There are a lot of private companies that have Apps that give Social Security information. SSA should develop this App to include information such as: *MySSA; *Check Status of Claim; *Social Security Appointment Reminder; *FAQ’s; *Most ...more »

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Department of Commerce

Learning & Training Collaboration

Here is my idea. The Learning and Training Community in the Federal Government is composed of all, or mostly all, Federal agencies. Each Federal agency provides and delivers the required supervisory training, leadership training, and technical training courses. However, each agency purchases many of these commonly delivered courses separately. The interagency Chief Learning Officer Council has started a trend to share ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Zero Tolerance for Fraud

The GAO estimates $17 BILLION dollars of improper Medicare payments each year. The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program pays out $4.6 BILLION in improper and fraudulent benefits annually. The Department of Veterans Affairs loses $800 MILLION annually on improper and fraudulent payments. And the FRAUD list goes on and on and on, totaling OVER $100 BILLION PER YEAR!!! 1ST...I suggest that we include the statement ...more »

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Legislative Branch

REDUCE THE SIZE OF GOVERNMENT

Lets hire an productivity consultant agency to find the departments and parts of Government that are redundant or unproductive and eliminate all the parts that are not needed. If we actually do this it will cut the size of Government by probably 1/3 at least!!! It would save billions! (might hurt the unemployment statistics tho....) (But if they are not working productively then why should tax payers have to pay for it?!) ...more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Saving money on the Separation from Federal Employment process

1) Allow separating federal employees, or SFE, (without gross misconduct) the option to not receive the forced pay-out of accrued Annual Leave totals. Instead, allow the SFE the ability to permit the federal government to invest those monies in an interest bearing fund, etc. 2) In return, allow returning employees who opted-in to this option the ability to have their Annual Leave reinstated to the levels present at ...more »

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Social Security Administration

Institute less stringent ID requirements for minor children

I have worked as a greeter/screener in a Social Security field office and experienced a large number of instances in which parents come in to apply for a replacement Social Security card for their young children. Generally they have a birth certificate for the child (and oftentimes they even have the child with them), but since a birth certificate is not proof of identification we tell them that they need another form ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Overtime Compensation & Abuse

FLSA requires that overtime rate of 1.5 x hourly rate is to be paid when 40 hours are physically worked. Most firms, both profit and non-profit, adhere to this standard. Here at the VA, and I imagine many other government agencies, OT at the 1.5 rate is paid whether an employee calls in sick or uses vacation time during the same pay period. For chronic leave abusers, OT is the perfect way to make extra money and suffer ...more »

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Department of the Treasury

STOP End of Year Bonus

Though this may make me wildly unpopular; stop End of Year Bonuses. True everyone likes extra money however; the greater good for America is being sacrificed for each of us to receive a small bonus. Let’s face it, on “average” every civil servant gets maybe $700 totaling in the millions; funds that could be better used applied to the debt or elsewhere. I’m certainly not a rich civil servant but I have a roof over my head, ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Contractors -> Federal Employees

There is a huge market right now for Federal Contractors, and new companies spring up by the day to fill these federal positions. In most if not all cases these contractors are working for a third to half of what the Government is actually paying these companies for the position. Because of this, both the individuals and the Federal Government loose money, meanwhile these contract companies are getting rich. I believe ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Northern Border Ports of Entry

I feel there is a lot of money wasted on a Port of Entry (POE) on the Northern Border. For instance in the State of North Dakota there is a POE almost every thirty minutes of driving. A small POE that has less than ten employees and is not open 24 hrs a day is a waste of money, resources, and a security threat. I say that because in a large POE the CBP officers have tools and man power not available in a smaller POE. ...more »

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