Showing 82 ideas for tag "all federal government"

Social Security Administration

Eliminate unnecessary policy/regulations and intranet sites

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Our agency would clearly benefit tremendously if policy components would focus on reviewing existing policy and eliminate unnecessary/outdated policy procedures and instructions. This should be a mandate, reports should be submitted on progress.

Necessary policy could also be consolidated to be clearer and simpler for us to execute in operations. Generally the objective of policy components is to "update" or expand on... more »

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Department of Defense

Stop Giving Closing Government Facilities to Cities for Free

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Currently, DoD turns over for free (after paying all the clean-up costs) all military bases and facilities that are being closed. The local jurisdiction, in turn, sells the property to a developer for millions if not billions. (Walter Reed being a prime example. Under the current procedures DoD and the taxpayer will see nothing from the sale of the property). DoD should be able to sell the property directly to a developer... more »

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EXOP - Office of Management and Budget

Set temperature limits for federal buildings

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Several years ago, Pennsylvania state government set a limit of 75 degrees for air conditioning in state buildings (with several exceptions as appropriate) as part of an effort to be more energy efficient and to save money. The policy made sense. There's no reason why we should have to wear numerous layers in our offices on days when the temperatures are well into the 90s! Similarly, the temperature was limited to... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Benchmark Private Industry with Early Retirement Package

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Many federal employees are "Retired-in-Place" today. They are simply overhead, putting in the time at work but not contributing to the bottom line. By offering periodic early retirement packages to all federal employees, the "cost" of the early retirement package would be offset by the billions of dollars that would be saved though the ongoing salaries and the Federal government's non retired shared benefits costs.... more »

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Department of the Interior

Eliminate Duplicative Computer Programs Between Agencies

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Recreating the wheel has proven to be a means for our culture to create new and better forms of old outdated technology. However, having each Department seek out a seperate entity to develop systems that will accomplish the same end result is a huge waste of government funds.

One such example is the program that each department has for tracking trainings. This could and should be a uniform program throughtout the entire... more »

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Department of the Interior

Go For All Quick Payback Energy Savings Measures

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Energy Audits are complete for a large number of federal facilities. These energy audits produced numerous recommendations that can produce savings at a rapid rate. Some of these measures will pay for themselves in less than a year and begin saving money after that point and far into the future.

All measures with a payback of less than five years should be implemented immediately. These energy savings measures will reduce... more »

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Department of Defense

Sell Naming Rights to Federal Buildings/Facilities

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The Federal Government can do the same thing the sports world discovered some time ago - sell naming rights to non-major Federal Buildings/facilities. In other words, not the Pentagon, White House, Capitol, or Supreme Court (etc), but Federal Buildings on military bases and in towns across the country. Naming would have to be tasteful, for set period, without any special logos, and should include the name of any individual... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Turn Off - Every other Light Bulb.

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Keep some lights bulbs Off while others light bulbs are On (alternating bulbs). We should continue to alternate bulb use like we did prior to using Fluorescent light bulbs.Thus still providing enough lighting to do the job while conserving Electricity. Reduce lighting – Cost Savings.

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Department of Transportation

Allow Electronic Submissions of Notices to the Federal Register

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As an employee who regularly submits notices to the Federal Register, there would be enormous time, material and cost savings if the process were brought into the 21st century.

Currently, several identical signed copies of Federal Register notices must be hand delivered, along with a CD of the word file, to the Government Printing Office (GPO). Our Department, in Washington DC, has an individual drive to the GPO every... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Computer Filing

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Printing each immigrants file is very time consuming and great amount of paper and ink is spent. If each file can be transmitted electronically to the courts and judges can utilize some type of smart laptop to view the same file as coordinated with the prosecution, this would alleviate alot of headaches and large amount of money that is being spent on printers, paper and ink. Thousands and thousands of files are being... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

In House Nurse

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Currently when an immigrants gets injured during his travel from his country, we utilize alot of man power and hours to transport and guard the individual in the local medical facility. An Agent also needs to aquire the prescriptions at the pharmacies. This takes away alot of time away from the Agent in performing line duties and Supervisors typing and printing out injury reports. Hiring in House nurses throughout... more »

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Legislative Branch

Federal Government cuts should be across the board

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I don't understand how the Senate can get a pay raise while the rest of us are looking at pay cuts. Even the most junior legislator makes considerably more than I, so why is my life less important. If those of us on the bottom of the charts should "suck it up" and take a cut for the good of the country, why shouldn't Senators and Congressmen, the President, and Department Heads? It is easier for someone making $190,000... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Federal Employees Should Work From Home

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There has been much research done on employees working from home. More work is accomplished by employees working from home. They don't want the privelage takin away so they work harder and usually put in more time. Also, makes the employee have less stress of trying to get to work.

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Legislative Branch

Resurrect the “Byrd Committee”

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One good idea for spending restraint is to restore a committee that once existed, the Joint Committee on Reduction of Nonessential Federal Expenditures (known in the post-War years as the “Byrd Committee”). First proposed in 1941, the committee was a bipartisan, joint committee with subpoena powers that focused only on making rescissions in federal spending. Its proposals enacted over $38 billion (in 2010 dollars) in... more »

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General Services Administration

Meaningful Communication - Ten Emails Per Day

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I believe we can save money by reducing electronic "clutter". I challenge my colleagues (and anyone who reads this) to only send emails per day. Make a phone call. Stop by someone's desk. Have a video conference call. If you are limited to sending ten emails per day, I predict the content should become more meaningful, communication will improve, you will experience a positive difference in your workplace relationships,... more »

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