Customers can be informed of changes to their Social Security benefits via email, instead of paper notices currently sent. This would reduce costs in many ways. It would reduce the need for paper and envelopes. It would reduce the need for printers and ink. It would reduce the cost and postage. Email is a more secure form of communication. Paper notices run the risk of getting lost or getting in the wrong person's hands. ...more »
I suggest Congress be required to read every one of the comments in this Congress tagline so they can get an idea of how they are currently doing in the eyes of their constituents.
The next required reading should be the entire SAVE list of ideas so they can be shown where the money really is.
We are in the process of trying to recycle by using the shredding trucks. But we should also try to find a way to recycle the cardboard boxes. They are heavy and seems wastefull to put in dumpster.
Issue: Break in service to Agency / due to delay in approval Background: There is more than anecdotal evidence that delays of re-upping Task Orders is due to: - COTR Challenges - Errors w/ Paperwork Submissions - Budget Processing - Agency Confirming need Solution: For existing contractors that have contracted with an agency, that are not complete with their support, the approval should be streamlined for additional ...more »
As fuel costs continue to go up, the cost for shipping goods is increasing. I suggest establishing Government wide contracts that could provided suitable reduced cost shipping. For example, UPS has a account established for the Government that has the ability to save 50 - 80% over commercial shipping through UPS. Specific example a pallet weighing 350 lbs shipped from DC/MD/VA commercially through UPS to Miami FL, ...more »
We keep hearing stories that Congress will force employees to contribute more to retirement, freeze pay, freeze retirement benefits.... Imagine the savings if we agree to implement 5% of the SAVE Awards? Why limit this to 1 winner when there are thousands of great cost savings ideas.
The Federal Government sends out millions of letters and packages annually. If each Government agency were required to analyze the processes and methods used to send out these letters and packages; and streamline them to be cost effective, efficient, and greener, the Federal Government collectively could potentially save $1 million or more by utilizing the practices below: • Mailing letters using #10 envelopes vs. flats ...more »
The Social Security Administration and the Veterans Benefit Administration share many core processes and both are associated with determination regarding disability benefits. These processes are costly in terms of 1) staff levels, 2) personnel training, 3) administrative staff, and 4) oversight to insure compliance to congressional mandates. Both of these agencies make determinations regarding the level of disability ...more »
Turn off all electrical devices at the work stations (office) at the end of your duty schedule. Computers, printers, and lights. Unplug all chargers from outlets, radios, personal heaters, fans, and any other electrical items not government issued used. Even when these items are turned off they still use electricity.
Refine the Federal security clearance process by establishing (1) federal agency responsible for adjudicating all federal security clearance investigations government-wide. I recommend the entire security clearance operation be transferred to the Department of Homeland Security. Homeland Security will have direct IT access or work with various Federal agencies and local law enforcement to complete the entire adjudication ...more »
Currently, the budgets to procure military equipment and the budgets to operate and sustain them are separated and managed by different parts of the organizations. As a result, during acquisition, decisions that could lower the long term cost of operating weapons systems are often put at a much lower priority than those affecting immediate schedule or performance. If the same manager controlled both budgets, then rational ...more »
Federal employees should have the ability to convert unused sick leave accrual to annual leave. Employees should be mandated to carry a minimum balance of unused sick leave before they would be able to convert furture hours into annual leave. For instance: an employee must have 240 hours of accrued sick leave in order to convert future hours. Conversion could be a two hour or three hour of sick leave for one hour ...more »
Increase flexibility to utilize NASA research facilities and labs for non-aerospace commercial entities and foreign allies.
It appears that HUD uses the EEOC motion/hearing process to provide training to their new Office of General Council attorneys. According to the last EEO office studies the Agency spends $194,000K+ per case by the time it gets to the EEOC hearing stage. The EEOC must have costs incurred by the time judges are involved too. Many, if not most, cases that I have been involved with as a union official could have been settled ...more »
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 »