This is not a new social issue. Generations have had stable, non-traditional living arrangements. The Founding Fathers would want a tweak in federal law to promote efficiency, quality, simplicity, speed, & EQUITY. One simple change would put tens of thousands back into these households & the general economy. The IRS would feast on hundreds of thousands in “marriage penalties.” The welfare system would benefit by fewer... more »
Create a new box just like the one already on the tax forms that allow individuals to contribute to the presidential reelection fund--the new box would be "debt elimiation". All monies going to this would be to reduce and eventually eliminate the debt.
Leadership is obsessed with awards. Neither my core document nor my performance appraisal mention writing award packages which take factual information and twist it with specious facts and sensational claims. Ten people spent six hours manipulating 30 bullets which I had already spent four hours developing and ensuring that there was minimal "white space." I can't get ten people to spend ten minutes discussing any... more »
Create a local Quality Assurance Panel in each VA to randomly check the accuracy of claims for eligibility. If we can identify where the holes are in each VA, we will then know how to close that hole. For each pt who fraudulently applies for and is granted eligibility for health care benefits, there is a cascade effect: pt not only gets inpt stays, costly medications, dental work, etc. but can then apply for housing,... more »
"I generate, and respond, to email and phone calls for a living".... Get rid of these people, and we'll save a fortune.
We received a detailed letter that is apparently widely passed around in prisons, the letter essentially provides detailed instructions on how to file for SSI/RSDI after getting out of jail/prison. It provides for a very "assured" way of getting in by successfully faking mental disorders. After carefully reviewing the instructions we determined that in fact if followed properly, anyone following the instructions could... more »
I've seen quite a number of recommendations that appear to be reports of fraud, waste, and abuse. These include everything from inappropriate use of government vehicles to abuse of governement hiring practices. The GAO should receive a summary, especially of heavily trended topics that would appear to be fraud, waste, or abuse cases. Submitters should also consider this. If it's that bad, don't just wait until Save... more »
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 »
Early in July I developed a beneficiary travel tool to expedite a task for myself and a colleague in calculating copious amounts of information on Beneficiary Travel mileage. Upon utilizing this tool, it became evident this simple tool could be used by other VA staff to more accurately complete beneficiary travel vouchers. The tool is a simple web based interface that tells the mileage between a Veteran’s residency... more »
Offer *limited* immunity for turning self in for SSI or disability overpayment fraud. If we never find out, they will just be using that money and if caught, they rarely pay it (or all of it) back. Plus in many circumstances, it was partly the agency staff's fault - an overlook or something. This way, under certain circumstances (length of time, amount involved, number of people involved, etc.), some may turn themselves... more »
Travel pay should not be authorized for Vets locally attending their appointments. For people who choose not to live near a VA they should authorize only 2 travel pays a year and no more. Travel pay should be authorized when going from one state to another for referred care or one VA to another for referred care, but we should not be paying people to come and see their doctor. This is an abuse of our system and we... more »
Establish a confidential incentive program to pay individuals who inform on employers/employees violating employment laws that ultimately leads to a conviction.
- employers paying wages 'under the table'
- employers paying illegal aliens
- employees getting paid 'under the table' WHILE the employee currently receives unemployment benefits
We need rigorous training for frontline staff determining eligibility for health & other benefits. The VA has strict procedures for determining eligibility including what documents are acceptible. However, at least in our VISN (12), review of eligibility seems to indicate sloppy procedures. E.g. 1 pt alone who is NOT EVEN A VET was seen at least as early as 1997 on a HUMANITARIAN EMERGENCY status. Once in the system,... more »
Have all Federal employers' Human Resources departments apply a psychological screening test that will indicate the level of integrity / honesty of job applicants. (Once the dishonest people are employed by the Federal Government, it's likely too late to oust them, especially if the supervisor / manager does not assume responsibility, or, worse yet, the supervisor or manager is dishonest.) Also, a fool-proof method of... more »
Current policy allows anyone to file a new claim or appeal any unfavorable decision with no limit. Many individuals are clearly not disabled but continue to file claims for decades. Create legislation to ban any individual from filing or appealing any disability claim if the agency documents false statements made by the the applicant. Document the fraud and flag the individual so the new claim or appeal is quickly... more »