Social Security Administration

Reduce claimant wait time with existing equipment & technology.

Problem: There are long waiting times for claimants in the field offices, waiting to complete applications for retirement, survivor, Medicare and disability claims. Cause of problem: As the baby boomers are reaching retirement age, the number of retirement and Medicare claims has been increasing, while the number of employees available to help them is decreasing. (Many employees are baby boomers themselves and are also ...more »

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Pensions

If we keep our govt salary the same and charge us alittle extra for our pensions, we would lose alot of dead weight at the top. Right now, they sit and collect a ck but if you tap into their ck, they would leave. Our agency SSA lost alot of people when they reduced the overtime hours.

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AJS-3 workload

SSA has a program that routinely changes the date of entitlement for someone is on their first year of entitlement to SSA retirement benefits to the subsequent year. The computer program, called AJS-3, does so because, in almost every case, the worker receives a severance pay package or receives sick pay/vacation pay buy-out in the year they retire from their employer. We routinely spend an hour or two changing the record ...more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Allow us to get TSP account # & password online-not snailmail!!

10% of the federal work force (300,000 employees) do NOT contribute to their retirement. Why put up TWO obstacles which could take 3 WEEKS to get these employees enrolled when it should take 3 MINUTES? If you don't have your account number, you have to request one through SNAILMAIL. Then, after getting your account number, you have to make ANOTHER REQUEST FOR YOUR PASSWORD THROUGH - you guessed it - SNAILMAIL. Do we ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Make jobs through retirements

I would suggest that all departments of the Federal Government offer all (no exceptions) current employees in the CSRS pension plan a one time (never to be offered again) early out retirement option with a one-time incentive bonus (40% of their base salary). These employees would have been continuously employed by since Jan 1, 1984, and have a minimum of 25 years of Federal Service towards this pension (actually 26 years). ...more »

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Retirement Annuity Rate

Make everyone's retirement annuity rate 1% like most government employees. Why should members of Congress and their staffs get 2% of their base salary as their annuity rate, when everyone else has to have lower rates?

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Department of Defense

DO Away With Use or Lose Leave and apply it towards Retirement

Allow service members to save their leave as they desire. Do not take away any excess leave based on their decision to not take any during that Fiscal year. Instead do not offer to buy it back but allow them to save it unconditionally and apply it toward their departure or retirement of the military. So if a military member is about to retire and their 20 year mark is identified, they have 142 days of leave saved up, ...more »

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Department of Defense

Allow possible choice of duty location at 15 year mark

Allow service members to try and find an applicable duty assignment to an area of their choice they would like to retire at or process out of the military when they reach their 15 year mark. This will allow them to start establishing a way of life in the area and within the community prior to their departure from the military and cut down on PCS moves for the service members and their dependants. When this choice of ...more »

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Department of the Treasury

Broaden TSP Fund Options and Open to Non Feds (for a fee)

In order to make the TSP more attractive and competitive with “like” institutional investment entities (i.e. TIAA CREF, Vanguard) I believe several indexed fund options should be added. These options would provide the opportunity for a more balanced portfolio. Once in place, their management would not adversely impact TSP operating cost. Here are the funds: - T-Fund: Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS) ...more »

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Department of the Interior

Encourage People to Work

Workers are productive and they're contributing to social security rather than drawing from social security and other entitlement programs. Folks wanting to work should be encouraged.

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Revamp retirement benefits

Don't get me wrong, I love the current system but things need to change. Currently we are entitled to retirement pay after fullfilling 20 years of service. This pays us at least 50% of our base pay for the rest of our lives which can equate to 40 to 50+ years of retirement pay. Solution: Start a 1 for 1 retirement system. If you served 20 years you get 20 years retirement, 25 years served yields 25 years retirement. ...more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Eliminate re-work & double-work with OPM processing retirements

Suggestion: By Executive Order, change the process for processing retirement annuities so that: 1) the annuity computation is performed only once, either by the employing agency or OPM (not both) 2) the first full and correct annuity payment is distributed to the new retiree no later than 1 month following an employee’s retirement. Cost Savings: Significant personnel time will be saved across all agencies if one ...more »

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