Department of Agriculture

Defensive Driving requirement for all drivers

In my opinion, it should be a requirement for anyone who is driving a GSA vehicle take a defensive driving course prior to driving a GSA vehicle and then once every 2 or 3 years as a refresher course. There are several on USDA Aglearn system that are computer based. This may reduce reduce accidents and cost to the federal government.

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Social Security Administration

Incentive Pay by Prison Facilities

I would like to make a suggestion on an idea that has been previously suggested; prison facilities get incentive pay by informing the Social Security Administration of prisoners who receive Social Security Benefits. My idea would to either elimanate the incentive pay or reduce the amount.

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Social Security Administration

Comprehensive Work & Program Consolidation & Rationalization

Achieve major savings & efficiencies by careful inventory, study & comparison of goals & purposes of all government programs. To maximize early benefits, begin with major programs. Group those with similar purposes or that serve similar populations. Design business processes to do a task once to support multiple needs. Rationalize programs benefits to ensure their cumulative impact on individuals & groups does not combine ...more »

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Social Security Administration

Eliminate paperwork reduction act statment from mailings

SSA sends out millions of mailings each year. The vast majority of the mailings include a sheet of paper that outlines the "Privacy Act/Paperwork Reduction Act Statement". It's wasteful (and counterproductive) to include a sheet of paper solely for the purpose of informing our claimants that we are reducing paper usage. An additional sheet of paper sent out millions of times costs money in terms of reams of paper purchased, ...more »

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Social Security Administration

Charge for Social Security Cards

Social Security issues thousands of Social Security Cards each day. The public does not regard them as something they need to hold on to because they are free to replace. It could be changed so that the first card is free and for any additional cards there is a fee. If Social Security were to charge even just $5 that would save thousands on the paper, ink , postage and the money charged would go to offset the cost of ...more »

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Social Security Administration

Stop Monetary SSI Benefits to Children

The Social Security Handbook says, “The basic purpose of SSI is to assure a limited level of income to people who are aged, blind, or disabled, and have limited income and resources.” Although many children suffer from significant childhood illnesses or impairments, administering monetary benefits to a child who has not reached the legal working age in an effort to “supplement” his/her household income seems illogical. ...more »

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Social Security Administration

SSI couples

Stop paying SSI couples a rate different from the SSI individual rate. Pay all SSI recipients the individual rate. The savings in man hours spent joining and separating couples along with the fraud savings would outweigh the cost of paying the higher rate.

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Legislative Branch

FAMILIY MAXIMUM FOR SSI RECIPIENTS

There are households where there are several family members receiving SSI benefits within the same household. They could be receiving $697 per family member. SSI is based on need. This can add up to more than $25,000 for the year for a family of 3 on SSI. .

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Social Security Administration

Lower the AC!

Lower the air conditioning (increase the temperature) in federal buildings by two or three degrees. Not only will this lower AC costs, but it will keep employees from plugging in space heaters and electric blankets to stay warm.

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Legislative Branch

TOTALIZATION AGREEMENTS

We should eliminate the Totalization Agreements we have with other countries. Most people live outside the U.S. and don't even spend the money we send them here in our country. If anything, we should pay them back the FICA tax they paid in and not pay out monthly benefits.

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Social Security Administration

Hearings request automatic after recon denial - ODAR Controls

Part of the strategic plan for the Social Security Administration is to improve the speed and quality of the disability process. To achieve this objective, the agency should make the hearings process automatic for customers denied medically at the reconsideration level. The process would work systemically almost similar to the process for waivers and personal conferences due to overpayments. When an individual is denied ...more »

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SSI Program

SSI has been the downfall of Social Security. It has turned us into a federal welfare program. The program lends itself to fraud because all the receipient's lie about their income and living arrangements in order to get cash benefits for themselves and/or their children. Low birth babies, whom the responsibility years ago was on the parents for insurance, now the parents are encouraged at the hospital to apply for ...more »

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Social Security Administration

Email notices,determinations & receipts

Presently, SSA & OHA notices are being mailed out. My idea recommends giving the claimant and/or their 3rd party reps. the capability of opting for email documentation. This agreement would allow SSA to add an ACCEPT button and acknowledgement wording to Iclaims, appeals decisions and 3rd party claims agreeing SSA to send the claimants notices, application receipts, determinations, appointment confirmations, closeouts,etc. ...more »

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Social Security Administration

Do Away With Hard Copy SSA Publications in Field Offices

Instead of printing and storing Social Security Administration publications in each office, a customer service kiosk should be set up at each location. This will allow the customer to review a list of available publications and to print them if they wish to do so in addition to ensuring the customer receives the most current publication. If this change is incorporated, there will be no need to store publications in ...more »

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