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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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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Department of Justice

Consolidate Anit-Virus Software Purchases

The Department of Justice (DOJ) could save from $300,000 to $500,000 from consolidating anti-virus software purchases. Currently DOJ uses at least 5 different anti-virus software products across the DOJ Component organizations. If that were replaced with 1 or 2 enterprise licenses, the advanatages would be significant cost savings as well as standardization of software.

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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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Department of Veterans Affairs

Centralized Supply Warehouse

I believe that the government spends thousands of dollars each year on excessive office supplies. Generally, there are standard supplies that everyone needs to do their job e.g. staplers, tape dispensers, scissors, ink pens, post it notes etc. There should be a supply room (something similiar to a SPD supply room for medical supplies) where employees can go and get administrative supplies. Have you ever seen an area ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Free Accredited Online Learning

Merge the online training platforms that all of our agencies are creating/using, into one accredited online training program, that government workers can use to move into private sector jobs. This will open up entry level government positions for the unemployed, and eventually it could lead to a free online university for every American citizen.

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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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Executive Office of the President

Enforce the Telework Mandate

By enforcing (really enforcing) telework for non-essential, eligible, and related personnel, the Government will save tremendously on the abundance of unused space, parking, transportation, electricity, fuel consumption, security, etc. We desperately need to ENFORCE this mandate which has the potential to cut costs significantly. Too many "old school" government personnel are inhibiting our advancement for a desire ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Cut government regulations and bureaucracy

Too many in the House, the Senate and the White House do not want to analyze the regulations they and their predecessors have written into law and make the tough decisions - STOP doing what doesn't work and wastes money, STOP doing frivolous things that causes businesses to raise the cost of business and stops them from expanding and hiring more people, STOP doing things that causes needless paperwork and time-consuming ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Use Both Sides of the Paper...Double Your Inventory!

Although we are trying to automate the Federal Government, there are still many times we have to use paper. When employees print, use duplex printing! When employees take notes, write on both sides! If the Agency distributes monthly Posters to hang up in the building, print 2 months at a time. Flip the poster over after the first month. When an employee gives a presentation, use the "white space" on each side of ...more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Allow use of Non-US carriers for travel

Background: 1) Previous travel experience has shown that often non-US carriers offer lower fares to the same destinations and better service than US carriers. 2) Requiring government travelers to use US carriers at full fare prices only hurts the US carrier as they are falsely propped up by the government as a customer. Idea Synopsis: Do not restrict government travelers to use US-carrier, rather encourage the selection ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Earnings and Benefit Information Sharing Between SSA and VA

According to www.SSA.gov, the Social Security Administration web site, there are 9.4 million Veterans who receive Social Security benefits. Many Veterans receive pension (needs based), and not compensation, with the VA. Many Veterans receive SSI (needs based), and not Social Security beneifts, with SSA. There needs to be a monthly interface of earnings and benefit payment information between SSA and VA. The Veteran ...more »

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