Department of Health and Human Services

Establish Twitter Accounts to track government spending

The Recovery Act introduced additional requirements for the public to track where we were spending the stimulus dollars. But who looks at these excel spreadsheets? USASpending.gov (which wasn't always correcct), federalreporting? or finding a posting in grants.gov or fedbizops? But everyone can follow a tweet! It is accountable, it is transparent, and you don't have to build these tremendous databases that no one uses,... more »

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Commission on Civil Rights

Please address concerns about management abuse

There are various examples where employees try to seek out assistance in order to alleviate very stressful situations with innapropriate management. Sometimes it is discrimation, other times is bulling, other times is just an issue with personality conflict or simply management acting innapropriately at work. If the agency continues to "brush" off these complaints by dismissing them quickly at the EEO levels, they are... more »

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Department of Transportation

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 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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Department of Homeland Security

SIMPLE - Hire More Efficient Employees

Spending throughout Government organizations can easily be cut if the hiring process would support ACTUAL qualified applicants for the job. Far too often the "good ol boy" network has taken over throughout government positions and the employee pool is stacked with underqualified individuals filling important positions. No longer are the qualifications determined by what you know or the experience you have, but more... more »

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Social Security Administration

Expand Paperless Program to All Offices

If the Paperless program used by processing centers was expanded, and made accessible by field offices, teleservice centers, and all employees, it would reduce duplicate materials, save on material and non-material resources (specifically time), expand accountability, and reduce miscommunication. As it is now, if a form is sent to a field office, and someone calls the teleservice center to see that it was received, the... more »

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Executive Office of the President

Management should be rated on numbers of grievances & EEO suits

Federal managers suffer no consequences for being bad managers. The number of grievances and EEO suits filed is a red alert that something's going wrong in the office. These should be part of a manager's record, and a grievance/suit lost or settled by the agency should automatically result in a suspension of management duties.

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Department of Defense

Reduce Printing Through Visibility and Accountability

The US Government wastes millions of dollars on unnecessary printing by Federal employees. Not only are paper, toner, and printer maintenance expensive, but storage, destruction, and time searching through hard-copies costs money. We need to use the print servers to track and report usage by user/branch/department/command. By shining a light on current and historical usage, users will adjust their habits and save money.... more »

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Department of the Treasury

IRS Management Accountability

Make IRS management accountable. There are consistenly issues between management and employees where the union is involved. Approximately 90 percent of the time management is misinterpreting the Laws and the Union Contract on purpose to cause harm to employees. If the IRS commissioner held management accountable instead of condoning such behavior out of the executives there would be a significant reduction in the amount... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Save Taxpayers Money-- Increase Performance & Reduce Waste

Develop a "Task Assignment and Monitoring Database" to improve employee performance, increase management efficiency, and productivity by creating a standardized trans-agency web-based task monitoring database. It should be simple and easy to use unlike many elaborate project management tools. A daily task check-in for employees and managers would improve performance across the board. There will always be those few employees... more »

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Executive Office of the President

Reduce Political Appointee Positions

I will not say elminate all political appointees but would say the number of political appointees must be reduced to the President's Cabinet positions and the President's and Vice President's direct staff positions. All other Department and Agency political appointee positions should be eliminated and an Executive Order issued by the President controlling their numbers and assiging their Executive Branch duties to the... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

END OF YEAR SPENDING - ROLL OVER BUDGET

Similar to rollover budget and end of year spending. Every year with about 2-3 months left in the fiscal year, not just my Field Office, but I'm sure every agency within the U.S. Government spends the rest of their budget, out of fear of not getting the same amount or more money the following year, and I'm sure as a way to justify asking for more funding. Field Offices should be able to spend what they need to complete... more »

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Executive Office of the President

Accountability

Enforce existing accountability. Senior officials, department heads, managers, etc., should be held accountable for wastes incurred in their respective offices. Management, at all levels, could do more to reduce waste--complacency stands out here. A great many of these suggestions could be implemented at lower levels; they should never reach this forum. Group similar suggestions together and implement as a single, government... more »

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