Department of Health and Human Services

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Abolish the lump sum death payment

My idea is to get rid of Social Security's lump sum death payment. Part of the original purpose of the lump sum death payment was to increase incentives for reporting the death of a relative. However, with better reporting (through banks among other sources), it doesn't contribute much towards that purpose. The CBO estimates that the lump sum death payment outlays will be $200,000,000 a year. This does not include administrative ...more »

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Social Security Administration

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Representative Travel Expenses

Both attorney representatives and non-attorney representatives currently receive travel reimbursement from the Social Security Administration for participation in a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge ("ALJ"). The agency recently reduced the amount of travel reimbursement for representatives, which does not appear to have impacted the hearing process. By eliminating travel reimbursement for representatives entirely, ...more »

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Social Security Administration

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Social Security numbers

Standardize the format of Social Security numbers. Currently, we sometimes use a dash (xxx-xx-xxxx), sometimes a space(xxx xx xxxx), and sometimes we run all 9 digits together (xxxxxxxxx). Pick a format and fit all technology to be the same so that cut and paste features always work. Will save a lot of time!

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Department of Defense

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Why award small business GSA service contracts?

To limit government agencies to purchase items from specific GSA contracted vendors (because they are a small, or veteran owned business) puts a strain on tax payer’s wallets. If the contracts were with the manufactures directly, where we don’t have to pay the distributers markup or even the small business owner’s markup, we could buy supplies/goods alot cheaper. I can understand the US Gov trying to help small business ...more »

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Social Security Administration

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Form W-4v

We currently at Social Security Administration 800# number send out form IRS w-4v (Request for change in voluntary tax witholding) to those who request witholding over the phone. When we recieve the form back at the 800# number, we input the witholding. It would save money, time, and postage if after we properly and securely identify callers like we already do each time we make a change in a Social Security record, that ...more »

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Federal Trade Commission

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Identity Theft

There has got to be a linked up connection with Social Security and FTC, live. When identity theives take someone's ssn, there has got to be a live alert connected to the social security numbers such as a passcode, they can call in and block access to their number being used for anything from the point of losing their number/card/or victim of a crime. There also needs to be a connection to defferientiate which numbers ...more »

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Legislative Branch

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TE

I worked in the Regional Office in Atlanta. There are too many people who walk around and do nothing compared to what is being done in the field offices. Those people are GS-13 and up. Why do you feel a need to have so many high grade individual and there is no work to justify. Those people can have long lunches, go shopping and do just about anything they want because of the lack of work If you do a survey, you ...more »

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General Services Administration

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construction costs

SSA is building a new site, from scratch for about $50 million dollars. It would be cheaper and faster to take one of the vacant buildings in this Baltimore area, gut it, update the electronic and safety features and put that building into the system for our use and have space to house all of our departments rather than lease out buildings, eliminating scattered campuses all over the area. It would also end the need for ...more »

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Social Security Administration

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Change in Social Security Advanced Annual Leave Article 31

Currently Social Security allows for employees to be advanced 80 hours of annual leave. The employees are allowed to repay this advanced annual leave over the course of their employment. Borrowing leave time when we receive an already excessive amount of leave is a waste of government funds. It makes the leave system work like a no interest loan and leads to abuse of the system. Advanced annual leave should be removed ...more »

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