Department of Homeland Security

Switch Coast Guard from Armed Service to Civil Service

The Coast Guard being the only Armed Service to conduct peace time missions and the only Armed Service not apart of DoD, should be switched from military to civil service jobs. This could reduce cost by the the millions and only improve the Coast Guard Business of Law Enforcement and it's other 4 missions. As a DHS service entity, the Coast Guard could be allocated better and more responsible funding. Additionally, certain ...more »

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Lawn Maintenance - Coasties not Contractors

I'm curious as to how much money we could have saved if we mowed our own grass at the various units I have been stationed in the past ten years. I've never seen any Coasties mowing grass, weed eating, etc. I understand that some contractors perform services we aren't able to but yard care? Maybe the savings in yard care could go to finding a better manufacturer for our uniforms. Our uniform's quality and appearance is ...more »

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Federal "Classifieds"

Have a clearinghouse for office supplies, furniture, computer equipment, uniforms, anything that people can use that they may not need anymore, or have a surplus on, that other people may need. Instead of always buying new stuff, save money by using something already purchased, or reusing. May also reduce waste. Uniform caches for all agencies that use them, so not always buying new ones, especially if in good condition, ...more »

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Eliminate Annual Clothing Allowances for Military

Each year, on the anniversary date of the enlisted military member, they recieve a clothing allowance. Based upon the branch of service and sex of the member, they recieve between 388.80 - 608.40. (www.military.com) As of 31 May 2011, the Department of Defense had 1,182,849 enlisted members worldwide from all services. (DoD Personnle and military casualty statistics) If the U.S. would do away with this automatic ...more »

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Uniform changes

It seems everytime you turn around, there is another change to the military uniform. Unless the uniform no longer is useful for the mission it was designed to do, don't change it. If it is not broke, don't fix it.

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Single DHS Law Enforcement Uniform

Homeland Security is comprised of many different agencies, many with law enforcement responsibilities. Each of those law enforcement organizations has its own uniform program. (In some cases, one agency may have several uniform programs.) The Department should scuttle those programs, and adopt a single law enforcement uniform program, which would include dress and utility uniforms. Shoulder patches and other insignia ...more »

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Civilian DOD Full-Time Air Reserve Technicians

I love my career in the USAF Reserves. As a full-time Air Reserve Technician the past two years we've been ordered to wear our part-time Reserve uniforms as DoD Civil Service employees daily. This is costing the USA government at 5 million dollars annually. Not to mention the yearly cash awards to other officers to maintain dress and appearance standards daily. Please consider giving this money back to the USA tax ...more »

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Uniform Contracts - Savings to be had!

Uniformed employees of DHS and the Interior currently have an annual allowance for clothing, shoes, gun belts, etc. through the contractor VF Solutions. Substantial savings to the US Government could be realized through requiring the contractor to do the following: 1)return all unspent allowance of employees back to DHS or the Interior, 2)standardization of clothing sizes regardless of the country of origin, and 3)provide ...more »

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Single Combat Uniform

There is no practical need to have 5 different combat uniforms for the 5 branches of service. Especially in this day and age when we are ever more jointly focused. The five branches used the same BDU (Battle Dress Uniform) pattern for decades, why the switch? I know each service expressed the desire to have their "own" "unique" combat uniform, but why? The five branches already have "unique" uniforms for their respective ...more »

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Military Uniforms

Go to 1-standard uniform for all services. This sill save on design, development, and testing costs. Also do away with AF blues. These are complete waste of time & money (dry-clean, ribbons, etc) and rarely worn by military folks outside HQ AF/Pentagon. If you are in a public-relations/affairs office, the blues would be acceptable...for everyone else, just keep with ABUs

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Female Uniforms

In the Coast Guard, females are issued unnecessary uniforms. If they are authorized to wear the male uniform, they should have to option to purchase the male items the first time the uniform is issued. For example, at the Coast Guard Academy, all females are issued two pairs of female tropical blue long trousers upon reporting in. These cost about $40/pair. Very few women continue to wear these trou into the school ...more »

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Inefficient uniform selection/creation

I'm not asking for 1 uniform for all services, but I do ask that there be a standard in place for the approval of new uniforms for each service. The new utility uniform for the USAF was an obvious sign of incompetence that even the company hired to make the uniforms advised against (they even go so far as to apologize to airmen and detail the process on their website: http://www.tigerstripeproducts.com/airforcetiger.htm)! ...more »

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