Department of Agriculture

Eliminate On Hold Music

I thought of this idea when at a conference, during the introductory instructions when they mentioned not putting the phone on hold due to possible music. I’m sure everyone’s had this experience – someone puts the call on hold and music starts playing. This could be considered a nicety if it’s just you, but is problematic during a conference call as those still actively on can no longer hear each other. I don’t think ...more »

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Department of Agriculture

Encourage frugality by no longer basing budgets on expenditures

The theme in the Federal government is that every Agency, Service, Program, office, etc. must spend every dollar of their current budgetary allotments, or else their budgets will be accordingly decreased the following year. This encourages wasteful year-end spending and discourages frugality and savings; everyone knows they will be punished with lower budgets if they don't spend all of their allotment. This goes all ...more »

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Executive Office of the President

Test a 90 day "Disability Fraud" Campaign with $2,500 Reward

Like Crime Stoppers, Make a major nationwide campaign to promote toll free number and website to report suspected disability fraud. Create media showing one working family struggling to pay bills and show a movement of money into a family where the disability claimant is enjoying life, spending time with kids, etc. If the report results in disability being denied and or arrest those reporting gets a reward. Shift the ...more »

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Department of State

Reduce the number of expensive armored vehicles at embassies

I think we have way too many armored vehicles in our embassies. Granted some locations require them, but most do not. These heavy armored cars create hazards themselves and are costly to run.

 

If employees are already driving around in unarmored personal vehicles, then the only reason to use an armored vehicle at an embassy is for VIP visits and heads of mission. Any other use could be a waste.

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Bonus from saved funds

Bonus from saved funds if agency spends less than their allocated funds. Department chiefs and acquisition in -charge are spending their funds by end of the fiscal year so that they can get equally or more funds following year. Due to this they fund unwanted projects or do not attempt to save tax payer’s money and there is no motivation for a people working under him/her to speak-up on saving the tax dollars. If I budget ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Skill Database for Agencies

My idea is to create an Government skill and/or Project database for use for internal agencey projects. What problem are you trying to solve? At any given moment each agency has over a hundred individual internal projects going on. To get these completed in most cases offices solely use talent within their office. I propose that we create either a talent pool database that associates skills with each divisions employee ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Eliminate Spend Down

I have seen a lot of entries here calling for a stop to spending down at the end of the fiscal year. However, this is not just an end of year problem but a quarterly one as well. I work on the financial end of this organization and every quarter we are told to be near a certain amount spent or else. The notion of use it or lose with our money is a terrible way of treating our units. Instead of punishment for not spending ...more »

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General Services Administration

Notice your cafeteria vendor performance not up to par?

I can only speak for myself, but I have noticed that the onsite cafeteria vendor offerings and staff has declined throughout the year. Granted in my complex, some agencies have scaled back on employees, increased mobile work and alternative work schedules causing the vendor to cutback on costs. Eventually, the vendor will not be able to turn a profit and thus be forced to close their operation all together. My idea ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Automation of VCAA Letter for Veterans Benefits

The VA is required by law to send all claimants the VCAA Letter, "Veterans Claims Assistance Act" Letter, with the purpose of helping the claimant. There are millions of these letters sent out each year. The VA needs to automate the VCAA Letter. The VA asks for the Veterans e-mail address on the initial 526 claim application. When the Veteran has e-mail, we should send the VCAA Letter electronically, with annotation ...more »

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Department of Defense

Abolish the Program maagement functions in DOD

Since the advent of the PM function the pentagon has wasted billions and program schedules have stretched out for years. Just as in priviate industry, ther is a architect and a construction manager(to keep it simple) that run a project. let the Engineers (lead WEngineer run the project until it is designed and then let Lifecycle Inventoruy managers take over the contract oversight and spares of the sytems.

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Executive Office of the President

Eliminating duplicated police/security services

My idea is to bring all executive branch police and security functions at federal properties under the administrative, budgetary and operational control of one federal agency, such as the Federal Protective Service. Many federal agencies use 0083 series police officers and 0085 series security guards. To name just a few; All branches of the DoD, DIA, FBI, NIST, BIA, USPS, NPS, and the Dept of the Treasury. The department ...more »

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Department of Defense

Consolidate all procurement commnds

Consolidate all procurement commands into a brand new single office under AT&L. Creat a entirely new procurement office staffed by buyers from Airlines and worldwide trucking and rail companies. Under one office and less then three layers of management and limit staff to less then a dozen.

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Department of Defense

Let Contractors design own aircraft using their own SMEs

Billions can be saved by letting the Big Defense contractors use their own SMEs(most are former warfighters) to determine requirements and let them diesign and build their own aircarft and trainers. Hundreds of thousands of civilain and military employees are in the loop as "shoppers" and and telling the professional aircraft industry how tio do their jobs. This needs to stop and let the weapons builders do their jobs ...more »

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Department of Defense

Buy components not the whole module

Inside the Individual First Aide Kit (IFAK), is several modules with one being the "minor module". The minor module consists of about 12 component parts and 3-4 are shelf life controlled. Instead of replacing the whole minor module at a cost of $19.23 as is the current practice, why not just replace the expired shelf life components inside of it. At our installation alone, all 841 IFAK are unserviceable due to shelf ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Electronic Calendars - No Paper Calendars - $ave MILLIONS

SAVE at least $3.7 million - Employees with computers should have to use the e-calendar built into MS Office or their system's equivalent, (MACs have iCal). If only 1/2 the Federal employees have a desk calendar costing $2.68 or more, the annual cost for calendars is at least $3,783,861 nationally. The 2009 Census Bureau indicates there were 2,823,777 full and part-time Federal employees. If every employee who has ...more »

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