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Legislative Branch

Reduce Appropriations Complications

Many many hours are wasted trying to figure out, and figure out ways around the complicated appropriations issues. Colors of money, expiration dates, Severable or Non-Severable tasking. Either the number of exceptions and ways around the rules need to be reduced or the reasons for having so many types of funds, allocations and other complications needs to be revisited and simplified.

At year end in particular, managers... more »

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Department of Commerce

"Tech for Travel": Incentivise videoconferencing, reduce flights

I propose that the government green operations and adopt new technology by launching a "Tech for Travel" program that would enable agencies to plan a reduction in air travel and re-purpose those funds to support investments in video conferencing equipment. Presently, agencies are pressured to spend all of their appropriated funds at the risk of a budget cut the next fiscal year (or more bluntly "if you don't use it,... more »

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Social Security Administration

Centralize Federal Job Application Systems

While all agencies are required to post vacant Federal positions on USAJOBS, each agency uses a different "back-end" system to accept and manage electronic applications (such as Avue, Resumix, QuickHire, and USA Staffing). These systems are fee-based and cost millions of dollars in contracts for each agency. OPM manages USA Staffing, but agencies are not required to use it and must pay for the licenses. If every agency... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Reward those that come in under budget

Why do we scramble to spend every penny of what we have been budgeted. There needs to be an incentive for returning funds back to the tax payer. Right now there is a fear that if we don't spend our budget, we won't get the same budget next year. I propose enlisting a program that rewards an agency that strives to save and return money back to the tax payer. This can easily be done by guaranting they will at least... more »

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