Allow schools to monitor student progress for NCLB without using expensive one shot standardized tests that only benefit the publishers of the test. The benefit would be more authentic results and less money spent.
The current disability system rewards Veterans for being disabled. The more disabled a Veteran is - the more money the Veteran gets. The disability system should be based on rewarding Veterans for getting more ability. The disability system needs to work closer with the healthcare side - and ensure that recovery timelines are being met. If a Veteran doesn't make their appointment or doesn't follow their medical care... more »
why do we send staff to "train the trainer" classes only to have them teach the class to staff at an offsite location in different cities? this is happening with most of the PACT training. 20-30 staff members are being sent with the "trainer" to cities that require several overnight stays, travel expense and per diem. Classes should either be conducted at the facility or at a location that does not require unnecessary... more »
Merge the online training platforms that all of our agencies are creating/using, into one accredited online training program, that government workers can use to move into private sector jobs. This will open up entry level government positions for the unemployed, and eventually it could lead to a free online university for every American citizen.
Citizens do not want or need services cut and the middle class does not need tax increases. Here is my husband and I’s 5-prong approach to policy change that could significantly improve the country’s current financial situation: 1) Invest all Medicare and Social Security money contributed. This would allow growth and the possibility of long-term sustainment. 2) Temporarily cease sending U.S. dollars to aid foreign... more »
I have several ideas but here's just a few. Our printer alone prints out 30-50 pieces of paper per day that are either not ours or not significant. We have 450 printers in our VA medical center! Our printer alone is spewing off over 10,000 unused/unwanted copies per year, take that times 450 printers! We averaged the waist to be nearly $30,000 per year. Just for our small town facility. Can you imagine the waste? Also... more »
Under no circumstance, should a servicemember or government employee be sent across the country or overseas to watch power point presentations and hear a lecture. There is a huge opportunity for cost savings in this area. Class room instruction should be done at a distance when feasible. Heavy justification should be needed to send personnel to training. Travel costs will be saved.
Eliminate the wasted resources used by having veterans bounce back and forth between Ch 30, Ch 31 and Ch 33. Creating one educational program that is for all veterans with a set amount of money and/or a grade requirement would save millions! Some people have been "going to school" for twenty years.
Patient have difficulty understanding, remembering, and following technical, confusing medication instructions, and so may miss, double up on, or otherwise miss-take medications. When patients fail to improve as expected, clinicians may unnecessarily increase, duplicate, or change medications. Resultant poor patient health and avoidable, prolonged, more complicated hospital admissions lead to poor health outcomes and... more »
The problem with our budget is only a symptom of a greater one.
I couldn't cut my proposal down to <2000 characters, so I am posting the link.
This isn't just about money - it's about our healthcare, our education, our energy and our future.
With the amount of grants and loans the government gives to students we could stucture it better to pay for more individuals to complete college with less debt and a better outcome after graduation. Currently we are giving students loans and grants over and above their college cost. We should be paying directly to the school only for the amount of tuition, books, fees, and necessary materials. Currently we give students... more »
sxsw.com - Check it out, every March there is a cool conference in Austin where web 2.0 staff can learn about gov 2.0, and listen to the music festival and watch some cool films. We do not need to send federal staff to this event. They can learn about web 2.0 or gov 2.0 in other ways - but sending federal employees to these types of events where you learn a bit but really its all about the social media hype and the... more »
Ensure the future generation receives a proper education so that high paying jobs remain in our nation and to realize other economic benefits which stem from a well educated society (such as the expansion of our production possibilities frontier).
Ensure a high education for wives of veterans by funding the completion of graduate degrees (Master's, and Doctorate, and professional J.D. and M.D. degrees) for wives of veterans. Graduate degrees for wives of veterans will help with marriage cohesion, family unity, and ensure that future offspring (thus, future generations of US citizens) move up out of disadvantaged beginnings-----this will help boost the US towards... more »
Stop funding the perpetual students on welfare. It seems there is a loop-hole in the public assistance programs surrounding continuing education such that some become perpetual students in order to extend welfare benefits. Scenarios such as intentionally obtaining a degree in a field for which no local jobs exist, failing or missing a course that is required for graduation, and/or changing majors after a few semesters.... more »