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Department of Commerce

Save on U.S Govt Vehicle Fuel Costs

The U.S. Govt has thousands of vehicles in use across the country. One cost-related item about using these vehicles is that the GSA credit cards do not work at lower cost fueling locations like Costco and a number of grocery retailers. It is not unusual to see fuel prices at these retailers 10 cents or more less per gallon than current GSA credit card retailers like major oil company outlets. This issue has bothered... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Expand vendors for competition

Don't put limits on who we can purchase from. You give us this tiny list with a few vendors. They can charge us outrageous sums for stuff I could get for 70% less on Amazon or some other online retailer or even at my own onsite retail store. In my service, I needed to buy HDMI cables for 12 TVs... they were almost 20.00 apiece. Amazon was having a sale for same quality and length cords for .98 plus 3.98 S&H. I could have... more »

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Federal Reserve Board

Pull paper money out of the economy/Stop printing it!!!

If my information is correct, the US Government has had trillions of dollars in cash printed with no sure way to shore up the value of the US dollar. While done early on in the whole credit debocal the inflation which would normally step in an hurt the value of our currancy was offset. Right now with the amount of paper money in the system, and banks still not loaning it out, I believe it is time for the Fed to start... more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Create a lump, discretionary fund from EOY budget cuts

True savings will come from the bottom up, however those savings will be irrelevant if Agency managers are forced to make unnecessary purchases at the end of the year on a use or lose budget. This theory isn’t new, it’s basic economics --- No manager wants to cut their own budget just to risk penalization for being over budget the following year. Perhaps the most economical way to manage this is to put ALL savings... more »

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Department of Agriculture

Volunteerism

All time spent by employees performing work-related activities that employers suffer or permit is work time, whether on premises or not and whether required or not -- according to the ruling of Permit to Suffer. This ruling should be relaxed so that an employee has the freedom to volunteer services to benefit the government and taxpayers in a variety of ways including driving without reimbursement.

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Electronic FOIA

Since we are already preparing the Veterans “Claim files” for copying when requested, why not scan the file instead. Scanned files can be put into virtual temporary folders then saved as a PDF on CD’s. The 2 directions you can use this is once the files has been scanned you can keep 1 disk in a protective envelope with the date scanned to keep in the “C-file”. File the CD down in date order for future use when d1bc... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Revamp USAJOBS.GOV To Allow For Job Applicant Feedback

USAJOBS.GOV should be revamped.

 

Job applicants should not only receive the confirmation that the resume/application were sent, applicants should also be provided feedback from the HR reviewer.

 

The HR communication would prevent the necessity of follow-ups and simplify the Federal Government job application process, saving the Federal Government millions of dollars.

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Department of the Interior

eliminate all T-12 and incandescent lamps

T-12 and incandescent lamps can be replaced to initiate cost savings quickly. Any of these lamps that remain should be replaced as soon as possible. Old products should be recycled.

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Department of Agriculture

POV and GOV Dilemma

Recognize that POV travel is less expensive than GOV travel, and reimburse appropriately. A new AAA study shows the cost to own and operate a sedan rose nearly 2 cents a mile to 58.5 cents per mile. As a high-mileage driver the government had been reimbursing me (to use my POV for government business) 19 cents per mile, which is down from the 28.5 cents per mile that was reimbursed in prior years (while actual costs have... more »

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Department of Defense

Government Waste-Landscaping

Landscaping, such as flower bed and shrub plantings, are expensive to plant and much more expensive to maintain in a sightly manner. I suggest the government stop wasting money on landscaping. If landscaping (installation and maintenance) was eliminated from government contracts, $$Million$$ would be saved. Areas such as the White House, Congress, the Supreme Court, National Monuments and Parks would be exempt. Included... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Use Both Sides of the Paper...Double Your Inventory!

Although we are trying to automate the Federal Government, there are still many times we have to use paper. When employees print, use duplex printing! When employees take notes, write on both sides! If the Agency distributes monthly Posters to hang up in the building, print 2 months at a time. Flip the poster over after the first month. When an employee gives a presentation, use the "white space" on each side of... more »

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Department of Justice

Here is an idea

How about we put the government backin the hands of the people. Go back to constitutional values where the federal government had a very specific very FEW powers and areas or responsibility. Lets eliminate the departments that are doing nothing but waisting money, the IRS, EPA, Department of labor, department of education, department of energy, etc. Lets consolidate the agencies that do the same thing, BOP, USMS, ATF,... more »

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