General Services Administration

Fuel Savings

I am submitting this idea on behalf of Supervisor Joe Schmitt of Minneapolis, MN who works for OPM-Federal Investigative Services. He worked for the private sector in Minneapolis Field Office and his position allowed for him to have a corporate purchase card. His company was able to contract with certain large vendors for large cost savings of services. The federal government does this with various vendors as well ...more »

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Department of Defense

Government Cooperation

This idea is for all government agencies and all supply managers. I would welcome comments. To help promote cross agency cooperation and save money, create a .gov website similar to Craigslist that agencies requisition for excess property and material in a local area. Why should one agency buy new items, like desks or chairs, when another agency has excess material in a local area? After the item has been listed for ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Get rid of Congresses Personal Jets and Other things

Right now the biggest thing that comes to my mind is Nancy Pelosi and the multi million dollar jet she had the government pay to get her so she could fly nonstop from her home state to DC, with her, her crew, and 200 reporters. Seriously, why is the government paying to transport reporters? Everytime her aircraft flys in any direction it costs the taxpayers 60,000 dollars. Why not do away with all the private aircraft, ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Stop the Duplication of the Flood of Agencies making Flood Data

Let's stop the redundancy of various Federal Agencies, and States, that are using Taxpayer funds to generate, publish, and administer Flood Hazard Data to the public. It has to be confusing to the American public at large, and to the people living and working in or near floodplains. The agencies and States are: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) The DHS/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) The United States ...more »

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Department of Commerce

Encourage Employee Use of Personal Smartphones for Work Purposes

Our work and personal lives have been converging for decades; employees have eschewed the duplicitous nature of keeping their work and personal lives separate in favor of policies that enable them to enjoy a more holisic, flexible existence. Remote working, flex-time, and alternative work schedules have been extremely successful in meeting these demands, and have fostered a more productive and cost-efficient workforce. ...more »

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Department of Education

Better Management of Pell Grant Payments

Students that receive Pell Grants often have other sources of financial aid (such as state-funded programs and scholarships). Students often end up with more college funding than college bills. The surplus can be in the thousands of dollars. Students use this money to buy cars, high-end electronics, and other luxury items not associated with college. This is done at the taxpayer’s expense. Pell Grants should be paid directly ...more »

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Executive Office of the President

Home-To-Work Vehicle Usage

Home-to-Work (HTW) transportation imposes a major cost burden to the taxpayer. Current guidance that governs HTW utilization within the departments of the Executive Branch is overly permissive and leaves room for wide interpretation which leads to overuse and misuse of government vehicles. This is due primarily to a lack of definitions assigned to words in the key subsection of 31USC1344 which allows HTW usage, especially ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Billions in savings

Repeal Medicare Part D.The new program was never meant to be a subsidy to the pharmacutical companies but this is what it has become. The program was implemented with no intenition of funding it so it comes out of the general revenue. It is evident we can no longer afford it.

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Cut Gov't Travel Budgets - Too many free vacations!

I know folks like to travel - but - in the Federal Gov't folks travel "just because they can" and the money is there - many trips are unnecessary to complete the mission. Extra "offsite" meetings at resorts, shopping for conferences just to go to a fun city for a week, travelling 3000 miles for a 2 hour meeting, all that is nice - but it's paid by taxpayer money and in this time of need that's where there is a lot of ...more »

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