Legislative Branch

Benefits via SSA

Reality is that the system for Social Security benefits is broken and abused. There needs to be an overhaul to restore the program to what the public perceives it as, or some similar resemblance. First and foremost is the SSI program, the more abused and costly since these recipients have never contributed. Children get benefits too easily as with a large rate of termination from age 18 evaluations. There needs to ...more »

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General Services Administration

Combine Local Travel Vouchers

A local travel voucher can cost about $6 per submission. If you need to voucher out $10 or some small amount, this $6 can be cost prohibitive. Have the capability to voucher out more than one trip in one voucher - thus, the cost would still be $6 per voucher, but you would have multiple trips and would not have to pay that fee each time. The same is true for overnight trips (you should be able to voucher more than ...more »

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Department of Defense

Reduce Cost of TDY

Service members and Civilians receive a set amount for meals according to their TDY location. This has been useful in the past to ensure the individual is fully aware of their spending limitations and ensure they are fully compensated. What it has turned into was a way for individuals to put some extra money in their pockets. Most hotels offer some sort of complimentary breakfast and there is also a trend for hotels ...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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Executive Office of the President

THE POWER OF ONE

A Government wide education program that brings energy awareness and conservation to each individual government worker and shows that individual what a difference they can make. We, the United States federal government need to lead by example. By putting forth the effort to educate and bring awareness to all federal workers, that each one of us makes a difference, we will be taking the steps to be greener and will not ...more »

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Department of Energy

Allow federal employees to use own mobile devices for email

Currently, many agencies require that federal employees use agency-issued Blackberries for federal email for security reasons. However, many employees would rather use their own personal smartphones to access their email, which is not currently possible. By revising both the systems and the appropriate policies, we could make employees happier while also significantly reducing the amount that the agency must pay for ...more »

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Department of Justice

Power Surge Protectors for idle equipment

Even in sleep mode, computers and other electronic devices can use power unnecessarily. I recommend that we use power surges that shutdown idle equipment (e.g. computers and other electronic devices) during extended periods of nonuse. This would be a great way to save money and not impact operations.

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Department of Homeland Security

Detained Passengers Pay for their own Snacks

The detained passengers can purchase their own snacks. For example, vending machines were put in the Temporary Holding Area where we detain passengers that were found to be inadmissible and are awaiting their flight. This helps reduce the cost to maintain a variety of snacks to the passengers and offers more selection for them to purchase from. The meals will be provided by the agency, but the stocking and restocking ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Veteran Benefit Fraud

Military personnel and veterans along with their families should be protected against future austerity measures brought on by a some of their brothers and sisters who have illegally gained resources and benefits for themselves and his/her families. These individuals have earned the right to expect that the U.S. Government will appropriate review and prosecute any individual found to be abusing the system as this cause ...more »

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Office of Director of National Intelligence

Encourage use of existing Collaborative Communication tools

There are not many government wide video conferencing systems. One is the Tandberg VTC system. The equipment is overpriced, proprietary, and so are the licences. Literally thousands of dollars per unit. Another services is Defense Connect Online (DCO) which utilitzed web-based adobe connect on the backend. This excellent service is already available to government organizations on multiple networks with NO cost to participants. ...more »

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Office of Director of National Intelligence

JIEDDO, Dispand and Re-allocate Resources

The Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) was created to analyze, track, research, and reduce the effectivness of improved explosive devices (IED) to our soldiers in the field. This entire organization and it's sub-organizations are redundant to the existing intiatives that exist in agencies such as NGA, NSA, DIA, and the armed services which is often proven provide more IED analysis than JIEDDO itself. Let the armed ...more »

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Department of the Interior

Power Down Your Work Stations (Office)

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.

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Office of Director of National Intelligence

Enterprise Email

Currently, every armed service and organization within the government hosts their own email services to thier employees. I propose a single enterprise email account system for government employees and it should be web-based for accessibility anywhere in the world. This would significantly reduce cost by eliminating individual email servers maintained in all services, agencies, and other organizations. Intelink offers ...more »

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Department of the Interior

Change 5/8 hr day schedule to 4/10 hr day staggered split crew

For agencies requiring 5 day coverage and who are working 5/8 hr shifts. Split the crew into two crews. Change the shift to a 4/10 hr shift. One crew will work M-Th, the other crew work T-FR. This will increase coverage to 10 hrs a day, for 5 days a week without increasing labor cost. It will reduce fuel consumption and green house gas emissions for crews that travel to remote sites driving government vehicles by ...more »

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