Department of Homeland Security

FedTraveler Program

After having used the new FedTraveler Program for the first time, one area jumped out at me as being incredibly wasteful. The government is now being charged a transaction fee for travel orders. My receipt had a total transaction fee of over $60 for a two day Juvenile trasportation trip. I traveled with a partner as well. That's $120 that the government is now paying to an outside company. Before we implemented FedTraveler, ...more »

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Department of Commerce

"Tech for Travel": Incentivise videoconferencing, reduce flights

I propose that the government green operations and adopt new technology by launching a "Tech for Travel" program that would enable agencies to plan a reduction in air travel and re-purpose those funds to support investments in video conferencing equipment. Presently, agencies are pressured to spend all of their appropriated funds at the risk of a budget cut the next fiscal year (or more bluntly "if you don't use it, ...more »

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General Services Administration

Eliminate the ACSI survey and replace with a forum

The ACSI survey is the popup survey that you see when you visit an agency's webpage. But the surveys have way too many questions, it takes too long to do, and agencies are not required to make any changes based on the feedback provided from the survey. So I suggest that each agency have a feedback page where visitors can post their comments and the agency is required to make these public. So if the agency has a very ...more »

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Department of Defense

Eliminate Annual Clothing Allowances for Military

Each year, on the anniversary date of the enlisted military member, they recieve a clothing allowance. Based upon the branch of service and sex of the member, they recieve between 388.80 - 608.40. (www.military.com) As of 31 May 2011, the Department of Defense had 1,182,849 enlisted members worldwide from all services. (DoD Personnle and military casualty statistics) If the U.S. would do away with this automatic ...more »

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Department of Defense

Stop Waste Spending (Landscaping, Large TVs, Construction Projec

Spend money towards defense instead of no value added spending. Billions are being spent across DoD on unnecessary landscaping, flat screen TV’s, construction projects, etc… Create a culture were saving money is a priority instead of spending. First, visit several installations identifying wasteful spending habits (i.e. landscaping, large flat screen televisions, not needed computers, not needed construction). Many ...more »

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EXOP - Office of the Vice President

Incentives for Saving

Every time a government employee has to travel on official duty we are forced to use SATO or some other agency designated travel service to purchase our mode of travel & lodging. I have in my possession a copy of a travel confirmation in which the airline ticket cost the taxpayers $1881.80. This ticket could have been purchased for approximately $1000.00 less online without going through SATO. When you add up all the ...more »

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Department of Agriculture

NO MORE AGENCY JUNK EMAIL!

Stop cluttering up work email with junk mail like 'We changed our phone number' or 'We are snowed in so we are closed today', or 'We have a job opening in Podunk'. The use of group mailing for "ALL" the agency needs to be restricted. This broadcasting of usless information clutters up everyone's email. The Agency should ban these group mailings or restrict them to the President and above. This will save countless ...more »

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Department of Justice

Don’t let inmate do their own laundry.

Inmates are allowed to do their own laundry. We provide laundry machines so inmate can wash their clothes. The laundry machines are home models and not industrial. They are running all day and night, they break down and are replace a lot. They use body wash that we give them for free instead of laundry soap. They wash their clothes several time a day and waste water and electricity. Plus Inmate hid contraband in the ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Federal Chain Gangs to save costs on projects

We are in hard economic times instead of releasing criminals into the streets like California lets put them to work for us. They can work on improving America and Learning a trade. In the past it has worked very well. It can work well again now. The are hard time it costs alot of money to keep criminals in prisons and jails lets have them earn there meals and bed. I have to work for mine why should prisoners be able ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Stop Paying Political Appointees with Public Funds

Over the past 12 years in federal service, I have noticed a dramatic increase in the number of political appointees with little or no work experience filling the ranks of federal agencies. They use federal positions to springboard their pay status to become consultants and lobbyists, and not always to serve for the benefit of the public.These folks should be paid by the political committee that places them there, not ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Stop Mowing when budgets decline

There is no need to continue mowing lawns on goverment grounds when their is a budget crunch. Let the grass grow and stop wasting money. We have our lawn mowed here even when the grass doesn't need it. They show up 2 times a week, mow and leave. I know they're under contract but allow for a more flexible contract to stop mowing when it doesn't need to be done.

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