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hire more paralegals to do routine work of AUSA

I find that a great deal of attorney time is spent on preparing routine motions and draft up plea agreements. If we had sufficient paralegal resources, we could be

better use the resources of AUSAs to perform the functions that lower level personnel are capable of performing if we had competent staff to delegate such responsibilities

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hire more paralegals to do routine work of AUSA

I find that a great deal of attorney time is spent on preparing routine motions and draft up plea agreements. If we had sufficient paralegal resources, we could be

better use the resources of AUSAs to perform the functions that lower level personnel are capable of performing if we had competent staff to delegate such responsibilities

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BOP SAVE

Discontinue the practice of an Institutional duty Officer where Department and Assistant Department Heads are required to Late nights, weekends and Holidays while assaigned the Duty Officer.

 

Discontinue the practice of Unit Management staff working late nights and weekends. This itself would result in a savings of at least 3 - 5 million dollars a year.

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Immigration Service Officer- ISO2

1). Eliminate- ISA positions(Immigration Service Assistants),or the Contractor positions, we don't need both. The ISO's at Texas Service Center (employee's) already perform all checks (fingerprints checks, Raps, receiving of workorders, etc). 2). Eliminate the 240 hrs annual leave ceiling. Employee's should be given the option of whether or not they want to take leave. 3). All accrued Sick Leave unused at the time of... more »

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Property Specialist

I believe a good way to save and budget is too dismiss contractors.Some of the contractors that work for different components such as:Budget & Financial Management,Contracts & Procurement are not resourceful,they don't finish there jobs and they are lazy.They are just using up government money,so therefore there really isn't any need for them. Also, the extra spending on furniture I think is a little ridiculous.If people... more »

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Mileage Rates

Although gas is incredibly high priced, the mileage rate reimburses far more than employees pay for gasoline. I realize that it is also supposed to make up for miles added to the car, but reducing the mileage rate even slightly could save a lot and employees would still be reimbursed for more than their gasoline payment.

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Administrative

Each year we swap out Blackberries for each employee that has one so that we can maintain a warranty. I am not sure of the cost, but I wonder if it would be cheaper to purchase an extended warranty for the phones as opposed to turning in the phones each year. The cost of the phones, plus the man hours used to prepare the phones for use, scrub the data from the old phones and the fact that the perfectly good phones are... more »

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Travel expenses

Every time I travel, I am amazed that the cost to go through the approved travel agency is so much higher than I can do on my own.

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LEGAL ASSISTANT

1- Having our detail trips to OKC twice a month for an entire week, should be VTC- video-conferenced into the Dallas Immigration Court instead. This would minimize losing money for travel purposes and have effective workload for court staff within the Dallas court.

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Federap Prison Money Saving Recomendations

One of the major occurrences and the manner in which it happens are inmates committing the prohibited 205 act while a staff member is on the range counting, feeding or conducting thirty minute rounds. My recommendation is extremely simple, does not violate policy in any way and would greatly reduce the number of these incidents.

The cell doors in SHU are equipped with a small rectangular viewing window. This window... more »

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Make prisons more efficient and safe

If more minimum security offenders were placed on home confinement, it could be very cost efficient. Currently there are about 23,000 minimum level offenders at the 2001 average rates of $20,000 per year $4.8 billion to house, at $150 per month each #3.45 million in revenue not to mention facility operation savings and more staff to other areas to add security without additional expense.

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Cut travel and use teleconference.

Our Warden and many other staff go to training and conferences non-stop. Why is it we do not use Video-conference instead. Training could all be done on-line. A kid can get a 4 year degree on-line but we send people away for a week to train. We could also take away Wardens vehicles. It is a waste for a $30k+ vehicle only get driven 15 days a year. We have so much waste that I could list on and on.

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FOOD SERVICE ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

1.INSTEAD OF SENDING STAFF TO THE TRAINING WHICH COST THE GOV AIR FARES, HOTEL FEES, TAXI FEES, ETC, HAVE INSTRUCTORS COME WITH TO THE INSTITUTION AND TRAIN MORE STAFF AT ONCE. THIS WILL SAVE LOTS OF MONEY FOR TRAVEL COST, HOTEL COST ETC UNLESS STAFF HAVE TO GO TO THE SITE FOR SPECIFIC TRAINING.
2. INSTEAD OF THROWING AWAY GOV PROPERTIES SUCH AS WASHERS AND DRYERS, FOOD CARTS, RECYCLING ITEMS, WE CAN AUCTION THEM AND... more »

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CONTRACTORS WITH USA

Do not make arbitrary and capricious cuts in the use of contractors.Study their necessity and justification for use by the agency.This will verify whether there is a need.

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