Department of Commerce

"Tech for Travel": Incentivise videoconferencing, reduce flights

I propose that the government green operations and adopt new technology by launching a "Tech for Travel" program that would enable agencies to plan a reduction in air travel and re-purpose those funds to support investments in video conferencing equipment. Presently, agencies are pressured to spend all of their appropriated funds at the risk of a budget cut the next fiscal year (or more bluntly "if you don't use it, ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Put an end to "use it or lose it funding"

All federal agencies I've been involved with go through the same thing at the end of every fiscal year - a huge spending spree, many times on items not needed, to spend down money before it is swept away. A big reason for this is fear that the budget requests for the following year may not be approved if the agency did not spend it's entire budget in the current year. This is wasteful spending of money. The so called ...more »

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Department of Defense

Eliminate end of contract spend down

Ways to encourage saving money from being spent at end of contract or end of fiscal year: 1. Allow for contract extensions based on funds remaining. This will encourage the funds to be used as intended rather than wasted uselessly. 2. Financial incentives for funds saved at end of contract. Similar to bonus policies in some private corporations: pay out a percentage of the money saved (with a reasonable cap) to all employees ...more »

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Department of Agriculture

Budget Giveback

Instead of punishing Agencies for giving back money at the end of the budget year, reward them. Currently, there is no incentive for an Agency to give money back at the end of the year. Every year there is a mass spending (a lot of times on items that are not currently needed) just so we don't give money back. This is done because currently if you do give money back then the next year's budget is almost always cut ...more »

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Department of the Interior

Stop "Spend or Lose" Budgets

The current "Spend it or Lose it" budget idea has got to be one of the worst, wasteful money management ever devised by man. The end of the year "rush' to empty any surplus of funds usually results in the acquistion of items that are, in many cases, really not needed. The results: Replacing last years items with the lastest version (when last years version, still work fine...) new computer screens, office funiture, etc... ...more »

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Department of the Interior

Eliminate dubious travel

On occasion, government travel is scheduled for employees to meet at non-government (e.g. hotels) sites to conduct business with their government peers. This should be eliminated. GSA has already leased buildings to the government, so therefore, the meetings should occur on the grounds of the federal property that is leased to the Department/Bureau/Agency. Offsite meetings tend to be an excuse for going on a vacation ...more »

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Executive Office of the President

Require Feedback from All Agencies on Status of SAVE Suggestions

Require all agencies to provide periodic (quarterly) feedback on the status of all suggestions related to their agency. Those suggestions being implemented with est savings, those being studied further, those not being implemented (and why). Publish on this website. This feedback is something that has been sorely lacking from the program. Nothing is heard on any of the suggestions other than the top ones. We need ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Okay this is out of control...

There are nearly 4500 ideas here. Who's monitoring the ideas?

In lieu of doing this nationally why aren't we doing this within in each agency? Then we could recommend that such and such division stop buying pad-folios and paper imported from Germany. I'm sure that if each agency implemented all the little ideas we'd save more than one idea implemented from this program.

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Legislative Branch

Criminalize vote bartering and ex parte legislative discussions.

When a piece of legislation is brought before a legislative body (either the House or the Senate), it is nothing short of bribery to vote swap (i.e., I'll vote for your bill if you vote for mine; or I'll vote for your bill if you give my district X dollars via an unrelated amendment). Two rules could fix this: 1) No off-the-record conversations about pending legislation (ex parte communication). It is simply unfair ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Charge inmates for their time in prison-

Madolf is enjoying quite comfortable accomodations in a very well appointed federal prison, known for it's comfortable accomodations and ameneties. Considering this individual has billions in his accounts, he should have to pay for the cost of being in prison, fully refunding the tax payers. He committed the crime and by that many tax payers had to pay. Now we get screwed again by having to pay for him to live nicely ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Faxmail

Prior to working for the federal government, I spent approximately five (5) years employed in the private sector. A growing practice was the implementation of faxmail. The idea is simple: an individual is assigned a phone number, and when he/she receives a fax, it goes directly into his/her email inbox. With the goal of creating a paperless work environment, the receipt of an electronic fax will create an instant savings ...more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

End the automatic re-use of Reprogrammed/Unspent Budget Funds

I was raised on a family farm and worked most of my life in the profit/loss world of private industry (only in govt' 10 years), so imagine my astonishment when I learned how government budgets really work. Currently, government agencies/entities function on annual budgets, that have been built up over years of spending histories. What happens at end/beginning of fiscal years is that HQ offices "finds" additional $'s ...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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Department of the Interior

Stop penalizing agencies for not spending all their FY money

At the end of the fiscal year, agencies that have carryover money are put in a position to spend that money or lose it in future budget cycles. Why not reward agencies for saving money at the years end by ensuring they get the same amount or more in the next budget cycle? Or through some other means of reward where they are not penalized in the next budget cycle for their fiscal responsibility? There is so much government ...more »

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