Social Security Administration

Online Social Security Cards

We issue millions of Social Security Cards each year. It is the single most frequent item for visiting a Social Security Office (30% of visitors!!). By putting them online we save: -The public time - Employee/manpower time- staffs could be decreased in some offices through attrition and retirement. - We can also decrease the size of our lobbies saving rental space. - Allowing them to print out the document could save ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

FEMA Reimbursement paid to Indian Casinos????

Indian Tribes are an eligible entity for FEMA reimbursement for damages caused by a disaster. This is not the issue. FEMA has in the past paid for repairs to their casinos which is a profiting business and should not be covered by tax dollars for reimbursement of repairs caused by a disaster. The totals are probably in the 100s of millions. A policy change needs to be made and this needs to be addressed.

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Executive Office of the President

Network Printers

As much as it's convenient to have a prointer on ones' desk, it is costly and resource taxing. If all printers were network printers (replacing desktop printers), then taxpayers would not have to spend inordinate amounts of money on purchase of a wide variety of printing supplies (cartridges namely). If all network printers were standard (within a range based on needs) then IT staff would be less taxed to maintain. ...more »

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Department of the Treasury

Hotel Per Diem Incentive to Traveler

Encourage employees to choose the lowest hotel rate below the Per Diem by giving them 10% of the amount below the Per Diem. Example, if the Per Diem is $200 and the final hotel bill is $100, the traveler would receive 10% of the amount below the Per Diem - $10.

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Department of Homeland Security

Case Files should be paperless

Case files are a waste of paper with all the consistent printing and discarding of reports in the case files. That is an obvious waste, but what most don't realize is that we also have case file rooms or storage rooms that we rent in order to hold these case files. There is additional waste in funds that go to renting these storage rooms. And then lastly, after 5 years of a case being closed, the case is mailed to a ...more »

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Social Security Administration

Make Private Representatives Accountable at the Hearing Level

When represenatives of claimants (at the hearing level) submit medical evidence within seven days of the hearing, those medical records must be sent to contracted medical experts scheduled to testify at the hearing by FedEx. The cost of the delivery of those last minute additions to the record to the Medical or Vocational Expert is absorbed by the Agency and also places unwarrented workload strains on an already tight ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Savings Bonus

When an employee saves money, whether it is official travel or purchase of equipment, give the person saving the money a percentage of the savings. If the person finds a flight for official business that is $700 less then they receive 10% of the money saved. Of course this will require legal changes made by congress, so that employees can make purchases on the free market. It can even be limited to travel or office ...more »

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Department of the Treasury

Coins instead of dollars

As we've heard recently on NPR, and seen recently of ABC News, we have literally billions of $1 coins in storage which is costing us almost $500 million a year. At the same time, we have to keep printing billions of $1 paper bills which have a very short useful life and cost of hundreds of millions a year to dispose of. The $1 coin weighs almost no more than a quarter and, at most, you'd only have four or so in your ...more »

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Department of Agriculture

FSA to sell Crop Insurance

We could increase our revenue by billons each year, if we sold crop insurance instead of independent agents. We (the tax payers) pay millions to crop insurance agents to subsidize the Farmers crop insurance premiums that they pay for the coverage. This amount is to do the paper work. We already do their paper work, with the added saving that there would be each office could hire an additional full time employee to just ...more »

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Department of Justice

Conserve Power and water

In my ventures as a government employee I do see a lot of waste in electricity and water. I have noticed a sink in the bathroom of my office building that has run nonstop since I moved to this location a year and a half ago, if that was my sink at home I would have had a heart attack when I got my water bill, even after it has been reported to the building repair staff it goes unfixed, and we are asking the American people ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Alternating - Light Bulbs (Turn off every other bulb).

We may be using Fluorescent light bulbs, but we should continue to alternate bulb use like we did prior to using Fluorescent light bulbs. We should keep some lights bulbs Off while others light bulbs are On (alternating bulbs). Thus still providing enough lighting to do the job while conserving Electricity; Reducing lighting where necessary.

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Legislative Branch

Elimate Bonuses for SES level executives

To often executives get HUGE bonsues that are off the backs of thier employees. If you are at the SES level, there should be no reason you should get a bonus that is comperable or more than an employee'(s) salary for an entire year.

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