Department of Health and Human Services

Too Much Information Not Enough Communication

As government employees we receive hordes of information via e-mail from our own agencies that do not pertain to each and every member of the agency. I propose that we cut out extraneous information that is sent to everyone in a certain or specific email directory/organization. If the correspondence is for information only, at least allow us the opportunity to ‘unsubscribe’ from some of these directories. All important ...more »

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Legislative Branch

ELIMINATE CHAIN OF COMMAND

CREATE TASK GROUPS THAT WOULD WORK TOGETHER AND ELIMINATE TIME CONSUMING AND STRESSFUL CHAIN OF COMMAND APPROACH.

 

TASK GROUPS WILL WORK IN LINE TO REACH A COMMON AND EFFECTIVE APPROACH TO A PROBLEM OR AN IDEA.

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Abolish the paper trail

Abolish the paper trail! Save the government time & money! We can even reduce privacy violations by eliminating the need for information to be recorded or transferred via paper. This can be accomplished in the following ways: -Discontinue use of paper encounters which record information when a patient checks in for an appointment by implementing an electronic device(lap top, tough book, ipad) to record this information ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Eliminate duplicate Abdominal Aorta screenings in VA Hospitals a

There is a new protocol that was passed about 5 yrs.ago to screen every vet at age 65 to make sure there was no AAA(Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm). The provider will see an alert to order the exam at age 65,however,there are many,many duplicate orders for this test being submitted.We need an alert to verify this exam had alreay been completed so as to prevent many duplications,at age 66,67,68,etc.Everytime the vet sees a ...more »

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Department of Commerce

Save ~$20 Million/Day in Energy Costs with Scheduled Outages

The Federal Government is the Nation’s largest single energy consumer and occupies over 3 billion square feet of office space. Executive Order 13514 charges agencies with increasing energy efficiency and reducing operating expenses in Federal buildings by 3% per year. Many agencies already cut the HVAC power or office lights after regular working hours and on weekends. However, there are several periods throughout the ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

training

Most if not all training can be done teleconferencing or via the internet. Thats why we have it. We have paid for the technology we should use it to the maximum possibility. The amount of money spent in the travel hotel, airfare alone is quite huge.

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Department of Defense

Traffic Light Green Times - Increase

A somewhat common issue at many facilities seems to be that traffic is unable to pass through a traffic light without several iterations of green during peak hours. This leads to lengthy idle times and constant stop and go that are unnecessary as well as detrimental to the environment and the vehicle itself. A simple solution would be to increase the time a light stays green during times of high traffic flow. Allowing ...more »

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Social Security Administration

How to save time and paper

Due to the large amount of documents faxed to Social Security every day by Third Party representatives, I suggest that Third Party representatives use the data encrypted method that congressional representatives currently use to send SSA requests. Third Party representatives would be able to fax documents to SSA, but SSA would receive it in an email format and could then distribute the email to the correct person in ...more »

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Department of Transportation

Lean/Six Sigma Duty Assignment

Lean 6 Sigma is the ultimate investment tool for developing and improving process efficiency in the corporate and public sectors. Eliminating wasteful processes will not only increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the organization but will provide an enormous cost savings throughout. Every organization operates in a unique manner. So, if you’re not assigned to every site and know exactly how each site functions ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Citizenship and Immigration Process / Travel

There are two major issues I believe can save the government not only money, but on the amount of security violations. 1. The current process of processing citizenship applications within United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is archaic. The current process requires hard-copies of applications, personal information and other information to be physically mailed out and stored for applicants. This ...more »

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Department of Justice

What to do with all that paper? Use electronic media instead!

In this day and age of electronics, the federal government should be taking advantage of such an opportunity to utilize more electronic media to reduce costs and improve efficiency. Everyday I see documents that our office has requested from other federal agencies, as well as financial and non-financial institutions, and the requested documents are received in paper format. Why? If documents were burned onto CDs, it ...more »

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Executive Office of the President

Time management

Simply reduce the total chargable work hours to 37.5 hours per week. New York State did it long ago. It could painlessly reduce the Federal payroll budget by millions. Some can't complete tasks within the currently prescribed 40 hours and for good reason. As these are most likely not an overwhelming majority, make appropriate adjustments on a case by case basis. Overall, if the general workforce were reduced to 37.5 ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Voluntary Reduction In Government Salaries

A significant reduction in government salaries can result in substantial cost savings. Ask employees if they would like to volunteer for a reduction in hours. This is a win-win situation for employers and employees. I would want to work for an employer that offered this opportunity. Of course the employer and employee would have to consent to the time off and it would be dependent upon the workload. I have worked ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Lets all be “Jolly Green Giants”! Save: $$$, time, & our environ

If u don't have time to read my idea..it's good lol NO MORE SENDING LETTERS! This idea can be spanned into many departments. Just speaking for the edu dept, we send out more letters than anyone could count e.g. 1 case: Development ltrs when we need more info from the claimant, Certificate of eligibility, award ltrs for enrollments, many correction ltrs from amendments from school hour reductions or inc, withdraws, ...more »

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Department of Defense

Reduce Printing Through Visibility and Accountability

The US Government wastes millions of dollars on unnecessary printing by Federal employees. Not only are paper, toner, and printer maintenance expensive, but storage, destruction, and time searching through hard-copies costs money. We need to use the print servers to track and report usage by user/branch/department/command. By shining a light on current and historical usage, users will adjust their habits and save money. ...more »

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