Social Security Administration

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Family Maximum Payment for SSI Benefits

Social Security benefits have a Family Maximum Payment.

 

SSI has a maximum on a married couple of $1,011. There is no maximum, though, on childrens benefits. If a couple has several disabled children, the couple could make more per month than most hard-working Americans who go to work.

 

SSI Benefits should have a FMAX just as Social Security Payments do.

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Department of Veterans Affairs

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Fax to Email - Save Millions in paper

Incoming faxes can be automatically turned into a .pdf and sent to an email account or department inbox for action. Between VA Education/Compensation and Pension/Veterans Service Centers and hospitals, this could save 15-20 million each year in paper and fax machine costs. If successful with the VA, other federal agencies could impliment the same.

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Department of Commerce

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Evaluate mail system-use stamps

The mail system within each office should be evaluated to determine if there is room for improvement. In our office, we are evaluating whether or not to keep our Pitney Bowes contract for the mail stamping machine. We spend over $600 a quarter to rent this machine and then pay for regular priced postage on top of that. Our office has less than 30 people in it and sends out limited amounts of mail. It would be more practical ...more »

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Department of Transportation

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Public visibility for Federal spending & recognition for saving.

The Federal Budget can be reduced significantly if we simply put a stop to the “end of year” spending spree that the Federal government is famous for. Each year Beltway bandits gear up to support the massive federal spending that occurs before September 30. It’s great for the local business economy, but costs the Federal taxpayer dearly for what is often unnecessary spending. Require all managers to spend throughout the ...more »

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Department of Justice

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Stop Voter Fraud (Felons, Illegal Aliens, Deceased, etc)

Require Federal and State agencies make use of the Social Security Administration “Federal Benefit/Prisoner Data Exchange System” to enforce voter fraud laws. (1) Provide SSA with prisoner information necessary for determining voting eligibility such as, convicted felons (imprisoned or, released on parole or probation), illegal aliens, deceased persons, fraudulent voter registration. (2) Require States and voting authorities ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

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Online Medical Document Sharing between SSA and VA

The Social Security Administration processes disability claims. There are many, many thousands backlogged. The Department of Veterans Affairs processes disability claims. There are many, many thousands backlogged. There are hundreds of thousands of Veterans who file disability claims annually. Many of these Veterans are receiving, or have filed for, Social Security disability. In an electronic environment, and with ...more »

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Department of Defense

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Stop Printing Time Cards

Every 2 weeks, a time card spreadsheet is automatically printed for every civilian employee from the time & accounting software system used. They are distributed to each employee who fills them out, has their supervisor sign it, and then they are returned to the respective timekeeper. He inputs this information into the software system and then must keep the hard copy for 6 years. Going to a totally electronic process ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

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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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Department of Justice

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Incentive Program To Identify Employment Law Violations

Establish a confidential incentive program to pay individuals who inform on employers/employees violating employment laws that ultimately leads to a conviction.

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- employers paying wages 'under the table'

- employers paying illegal aliens

- employees getting paid 'under the table' WHILE the employee currently receives unemployment benefits

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Social Security Administration

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Nationwide Clearinghouse For Validating Benefit/Aid Eligibility

Establish a nationwide electronic clearinghouse for all federal, state and local agencies/authorities to access when determining eligibility requirements prior to initiating, or continuing, benefits or assistance to individuals. Clearinghouse information will be provided by agencies identified as the sole source of data required for agencies to comply with their policy requirements. Some examples of sole source agencies ...more »

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Social Security Administration

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Stop Paying Federal Benefits to Inmates

Ensure Federal Benefits Are Not Paid to Ineligible Incarcerated Individuals. To eliminate the waste of taxpayer money government wide and run the federal benefit programs with more efficiency and save money: (1) Identify U.S. Federal Agencies programs that provide federal benefits, aid or entitlement programs. (2) Determine policy requirements for benefit eligibility for individuals incarcerated in federal prisons. (3) ...more »

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Department of Defense

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Incentivize TDY savings and encourage cultural learning

Current department of defense policy pays very high per diem rates for travel, particularly overseas. This proposal would incentivize staying below per-diem, often at culturally immersed local market facilities, by returning a portion of the money saved by staying below the per-diem cap back to the traveler. For example, if the lodging per-diem rate in Berlin is $300, but I find a German Gasthaus for $100, I would get ...more »

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