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Department of Veterans Affairs

Personnel Reductions - VBA Held Hostage by Incompetent Employees

VBA Central Office must step up to the plate and fire under-performers, END OF STORY.

VBA Central Office employees essentially have zero performance standards. I am 100% certain my office could perform BETTER with LESS THAN HALF the current number of employees on staff. Talk about cost savings!

How can GS-13 employees who are only responsible for "attending" a few meetings a week receive satisfactory performance... more »

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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 Homeland Security

Use an Enterprise Configuration Management Database (CMDB)

Days of productivity are lost cleaning up unexpected side effects of IT software changes. This lost productivity translates in many ways to higher labor costs and delays in processing the Government’s business, which can also be translated to lost revenue. This is often due to the lack of knowledge of what an IT enterprise has running in its production environment and the dependencies between the software tools. Changes... more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Give the Government a smaller more economical footprint

Why do so many agencies have to be on top of one another in DC, leasing large buildings at high fees? When leases come due, or possible early terminiation of leases, agencies should use desk sharing and telework and efficient space planning to take up less physical space. Why do all agency staff have to work in DC? Does every employee go to the Hill daily? I doubt it. Move agencies out from DC, decentralize - move... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

VA Hospital Encounters

While working here at the VA, I am in charge of ensuring that the encounters for Patient billing are entered correctly for my department. Since taking over this task the number of errors being made by the staff in this department has drastically dropped because I created how to guides and done several different educational sessions with clinicians in our department. The VA has a vast problem with these encounters and... more »

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Legislative Branch

Eliminate Presidential Libraries

Stop establishing presidential libraries in favor of electronic and mass storage. There is no need to have libraries all over the place, to have facility and staff costs for each president. By condensing you can save a lot of money. Instead create electronic archives (which they already do) donate to the smithsonian and utilize a larger storehouse for things with less value.

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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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Department of Justice

Consolidate Anit-Virus Software Purchases

The Department of Justice (DOJ) could save from $300,000 to $500,000 from consolidating anti-virus software purchases. Currently DOJ uses at least 5 different anti-virus software products across the DOJ Component organizations. If that were replaced with 1 or 2 enterprise licenses, the advanatages would be significant cost savings as well as standardization of software.

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Legislative Branch

Renewable Energy

I left this in the Legislative Branch category because it can and does apply to many agencies. There is a big push by this administration to use solar and wind technology. Why are we not practicing what we preach? Why is there not a wind and solar farm on the White House lawn? I work at an Air Route Traffic Control Center and we use massive amounts of electricity. We also have massive amounts of space on the roof... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

All Department and Agency Data centers under One Federal Cloud

Move all data centers under Federal clouds (private like clouds for all Federal agencies, managed by one agency – physically spread out through out USA), we can make federal agencies (at least the civilian ones) use it on a pay and use basis. So, I am suggesting eliminating numerous agency specific data centers in the favor of one Federal cloud.

Some of the features will help in reduction cost are:

Eliminating redundancy... more »

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Legislative Branch

Create Agile Teams at Division/Branch Level

A key component to the success of an Agile Team is positional authority, and full mandatory cooperation with Agile Team members. Agile Team requests, emails, phone calls, meetings, etc. are given top priority by direction of the appropriate Senior Leadership. Agile Team members are basically acting proxies for the Senior Leadership of the scope/area of concern. Agile Team members may have a primary job/responsibility... more »

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Legislative Branch

Outsourcing - Contractor pay

Contractor rates should be based upon the General Schedule. This will allow for the government to be able to equate a contracted position to a FTE, and create greater transparency with determining how much monies are being paid in the contractor domain. Too much budget emphasis is being placed on government employee pay and not enough on contractor pay.

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Department of Justice

Eliminate Paper Production in Litigation

Much of civil litigation involving the U.S. government involves thousands of pages of memoranda, correspondence, and other documents. The amount of paper involved in the discovery process or in the production of documents pursuant to Freedom of Information Act requests can often quickly spiral into the thousands of pages. The Department of Justice and indeed all agencies should push towards a fully electronic discovery... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Save $3.5 billion/year in Medication Error Costs

Patient have difficulty understanding, remembering, and following technical, confusing medication instructions, and so may miss, double up on, or otherwise miss-take medications. When patients fail to improve as expected, clinicians may unnecessarily increase, duplicate, or change medications. Resultant poor patient health and avoidable, prolonged, more complicated hospital admissions lead to poor health outcomes and... more »

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