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

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 Treasury

Contractors/Budgets

All agencies need to ensure they are fully utilizing existing Federal employees before more contractors are hired. There is no clear business justification for all of the contractors when you have in-house staff who are willing to do the work. This is wasteful spending and is just increasing the cost on tax payers. In addition, giving work to contractors that in-house staff could perform prevents existing Federal employees ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Veterans Affairs

Government of the People, By the People, For the People

These words were spoken by Abraham Lincoln in the Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863. Here we are in the United States 147 years, 260 days later. We are watching Congress. At this second, we are $14,546,716,998,177 in debt. It took me 6 seconds to type that number, and the debt raised $262,554(Over 260 THOUSAND DOLLARS!!!) while I was typing. We have to get a handle on our spending in the Federal Government. ...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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Campaign: Department of Energy

IT Development

Many government agencys have duplicative IT development efforts going on within their Agency because the Agency's CIO does not have the authority or responsibility to oversee all Agency IT development efforts. Make each Agency's CIO responsible for all IT development within the Agency. The CIO would receive all the Agency's IT funding. All IT efforts would have to be approved through the Agency's IT Configuration Control ...more »

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Campaign: Federal Communications Commission

Stop sending staff to SXSW Conference in Austin TX

sxsw.com - Check it out, every March there is a cool conference in Austin where web 2.0 staff can learn about gov 2.0, and listen to the music festival and watch some cool films. We do not need to send federal staff to this event. They can learn about web 2.0 or gov 2.0 in other ways - but sending federal employees to these types of events where you learn a bit but really its all about the social media hype and the ...more »

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Campaign: Social Security Administration

Eliminating Wasteful Spending

I work at the Office of Disability, Adjudication, and Review. We spend a great deal of work, effort, and resources each day processing a claimant’s disability file. However, after a year or two of waiting, many claimants do not show up for their hearing with the judge because we often have outdated addresses. Still, we pay the vocational and medical experts scheduled to testify at the hearing although their testimony ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Veterans Affairs

Government Transparency

There should be 1 Web Site that shows where all Federal Tax Money is spent every year. Just like a business, the investors (taxpayers) deserve to know how their business (government) is performing. The expenditures should be broken down as: Medicare/Medicaid $XXXXXXXXXXXX Social Security $XXXXXXXXXXX Defense Spending $XXXXXXXXXXX etc. The Taxpayer could click on the above category and get specifics within that category. ...more »

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Campaign: 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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Campaign: 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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Campaign: Department of Homeland Security

Reduce/ Eliminate the National Debt - Not so Common Sense

My idea is for the "powers that be" to develop the ability for any monies left in the budget at the end of the year to be applied directly to the National Debt. Meaning that a local office can press a button and the monies go directly to the National Debt, they are not funneled back to parent agencies where the monies will be spent so they don't loose out the following year. Additionally I would like to add that being ...more »

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