Recognize all federal civilian service seniority for all Federal Law Enforcement Positions. All experience working for the federal government should count towards scheduling leave and other benefits like 20 year parking spaces. If military seniority does not count, federal civilian service should.
Create a small usiness class for low volume wholesalers, swap meet dealers, and internet sellers. These people could operate interstate, and be taxed and licensed accordingly.
Allow federal agencies to post online at a centralized, easily accessible website any particular issues and problems for which their researchers or scientists have not been able to develop a complete or feasible answer. This would then enable the power of the "crowd" to come up with even more imaginative or efficient solutions. If an agency can then decide that someone has come up with a winning or most accurate answer... more »
Every 6 months a new softeware comes out. The military and contractors need to be on the same page yes standerized. To go a bet futher, do not buy the every 6 months or year. Only every 3 years, but to have everyone change at the same time. Biggest problem is having all agencies to change at the same time. To have the contractors do data on the same software and hardware to make everyone one the same page. Simple... more »
SSA caps the fees for at attorneys at the lesser of $6000 or 25% of backdue money. If a similar cap could be found for class action damages, "clients" could get settlements for more that $10.
When I walk by the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building at One Columbus Circle NE on the weekends, the lights are on in the building. Yet, it looks like there's nobody working inside. Why don't they turn off the lights (or most of the lights) during non-work hours?
The federal government spends too much money on discrimination/retalation suits, because managers face no financial repercussion. The way the system runs thus far is managers face no threat of guilty findings. The citizens pay for their actions, but have no knowledge of how much money is spent on legal fees. Stopping the abuse of policies within the federal government would save us millions, if not trillions of dollars.... more »
Employee drivers to transport mail between SSA ODAR offices to and from local District Offices & field offices. This would result in a half a million dollars saved by paying an annual salary, using the government scale-providing a vehicle for the transportation and a gas card. There would be no mileage reimbursement. This would result in a job for a student intern, a veteran, or public which would boost the unemployment... more »
The most cost effective way to evoke litigation reform is to simply embrace the rule that the Loser in litigation pays the legal bills of the Winner in addition to paying their own. This should apply to criminal defendants as well. We have created a society where people litigate at the drop of a hat because there is no downside risk to bringing a lawsuit. Criminals are encouraged to fight every charge because there... more »
The Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure permit video conferencing to be used for arraignment with consent of the Defendant, but this technology is infrequently used. Significant time and money are spent transporting defendants held in pretrial detention to and from Court. Besides the cost, there are security concerns associated with this. Encouraging courts to use video conferencing for arraignments would save significant... more »
As I process the travel reimbursement for REPRESENTATIVES here in my office, I am apalled at how much money our agency could save if we imposed a rule of travel for out-of-state attorneys. Air travel is too expensive, too risky (missed hearings). The attorney out-of-state should be fully liable for the monies to travel to the hearing since we can provide electronic hearings at this point.
The Judicial System is broken and does not serve American society. There is no sense in spending money on something that doesn't accomplish anything. If a deterrent is necessary to reduce crime, have a lottery for jail time instead of a trail. Sure, innocent people are punished and the criminals run free - same as now at less cost.
We outsource many products and services. Why not outsource incarceration of certain types of criminals to Mexico, Korea, Australia, etc. Maybe with the possibility of being put in jail in one of these places recidivism would drop off. Agreements could be negotiated saving taxpayer dollars and make going to prison less attractive for those who see it as a status symbol. The business of prisoner rights has gone too far.... more »
Limit the number of times you can appeal to 3-4. If looking to overturn a conviction, re-try by jury. if found guilty by 2 seprate juries, you lose all rights to appeal further. This should include Death penalty cases, and hopefully put more focus on Innocent Until Proven Guilty.
Lets face the facts. People are in prison because they have committed crimes. They are being PUNISHED! They should not have facilites that offer them any luxuries. There should be no multi-million dollar gyms with air conditioning, no TV, and no special food. They can get their exercise buy working. Regardless of their religeon or beliefs, everyone should get the same food; again, they are in prison, and do not deserve... more »