Department of Defense

STOP THE INSANITY! Why Throw Away $$$ Billions???

Why does a completely tax exempt organization voluntarily throw away billions of dollars by paying taxes on travel? I travel a lot for the Navy and detest that taxes for TDY travel expenses are charged to my government credit card. Though the Government Treasury will get the taxes back, for the Navy and the Program Office (PMA), those funds are lost. Those lost and unrecoverable funds, which can quickly add up to billions, ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Travel Pay Over Paid

Many people are very aware of the abuse of travel pay by many veterans. Some say it should be eliminated but that will most likely not happen anytime in the near future. I am a nurse in Primary Care at a VA and witness and report this abuse frequently. Many veterans truly need help to get to their appointments and developing our own transportation system, as others suggested would also cost a great deal. For the fastest ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Travel Pay Over Paid

Many people are very aware of the abuse of travel pay by many veterans. Some say it should be eliminated but that will most likely not happen anytime in the near future. I am a nurse in Primary Care at a VA and witness and report this abuse frequently. Many veterans truly need help to get to their appointments and developing our own transportation system, as others suggested would also cost a great deal. For the fastest ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Travel Pay Over Paid

Many people are very aware of the abuse of travel pay by many veterans. Some say it should be eliminated but that will most likely not happen anytime in the near future. I am a nurse in Primary Care at a VA and witness and report this abuse frequently. Many veterans truly need help to get to their appointments and developing our own transportation system, as others suggested would also cost a great deal. For the fastest ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Over stocked supply rooms, Give to Education

I’ve noticed that supplies are often stocked and forgotten after its initial necessity. It’s time to clean out the supply rooms; file cabinets and office draws that are no longer in use. As we go green, removing old file folders, binders, etc… these items can be re-used as well. Save the paper clips. With the high demand among our public school systems for school supplies, let’s reallocated these items to the public ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Put All Agencies on Multi-Year or No-Year Appropriations

Some of the top-rated suggestions relate to removing the "use it or lose it" nature of current agency appropriations. Because they are generally for one year at a time, agencies feel the need to use the funds, even if they waste them on unneeded items, rather than face their future funds being cut. Unfortunately, appropriations are controlled by the Constitution, a set of laws and ultimately by Congress, so the ideas ...more »

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Department of Defense

US Government Overspending

The US Governemnt pays top dollar on everything that they purchase. WHY!? We buy most things in bulk and you would think that we would get it for a cheaper price but we don't. Stop the useless overspending. I am an aircraft mechanic for the DoD and US Air Force Reserves. when we pay $250,000.00 for a winch it's getting a little ridiculous or $70,000.00 for a windshield, or even $5.00 bot a 10 cent bolt. Needless to say ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Eliminate the Government Purchase Card Program

Their is no need to have a Government Purchase Card. The only reason that we do have the Purchase Cards is out of convienance. The purchase card can easily be abused and justified. It is not advantageous to have because every purchase can be done through a Purchase Order; thus, eliminating the need to allow members to openly use. A centralized supply command should be set in place that will allow requestors to order ...more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Sweeping Stagnant Funds

Year after year, millions of dollars remain on grants and contracts which have expired. Many agencies have been pro-active in trying to alleviate this problem but are restrained to a certain extent. Why can't some decision be made to recoup these funds just sitting out there with no action for months and even years. If the recipients are not expending the funds given to them for a specific purpose, these funds should ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Changing Energy Supply with utility company

In the last few years over 20 states have deregulated the energy suppliers in their state. This means that both gas and electricity suppliers are now competitive markets in those states. Just by researching each states energy suppliers and changing the energy supplier to a cheaper company, could save anywhere from 5-25% a year in electric and/or gas supply costs the government is paying on utility bills. In some cases ...more »

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EXOP - Office of Management and Budget

AUTHORIZE OFFICE BUDGET CARRYOVER TO FOLLOW ON YEARS

EVERY YEAR IT IS COMMON PRACTICE TO SPEND DOWN ALLOCATED BUDGETS IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THE SAME OR MORE FOR THE FOLLOWING YEAR. THIS CAN BE WASTEFUL BECAUSE THE PERCEPTIONS ARE THAT IF YOU DON'T USE IT, YOUR BUDGET WILL BE REDUCED THE NEXT YEAR. MOST OF THE TIME, THOSE REMAINING DOLLARS ARE SIMPLY BLOWN ON UNNECESSARY ITEMS, TRAINING AND NICE TO HAVE SUPPLIES WHICH COULD OTHERWISE FALL INTO THE WASTE, FRAUD AND ABUSE CATEGORY. ...more »

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Department of Defense

Save money, less military moves

The military ,every year moves hundreds of thousands of members just for career advancement.The taxpayer not only foots the bill for the expensive move but also in the 2-3 months of lost productivity Cut these permanent change of station moves by 2/3. Raise the time on station limit to 6 years before someone can move to another base.

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Department of Homeland Security

Rollover Budget Initiative (RBI)

The Rollover Budget Initiative (RBI) would allow units to maintain their annual budgets without being penalized for not fully utilizing the last year’s budget. Any remaining money from a fiscal year would be the base amount for the next fiscal year, which will then have additional money added to meet the unit’s requested budget. For example, if a unit requests $10,000 and has $2,000 left over from the previous year, that ...more »

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