Showing 22 ideas for tag "cost avoidance"

Legislative Branch

Children of Illegal Aliens No Longer Automatically US Citizens

Change the law so that children born in the U.S. are only granted U.S. citizenship if their parents are US citizens or legal residents. This would end the rampant number of illegals coming to the US just so their child can be born a US citizen. If the parents are not legally in the US, the children are not automatically granted US citizenship. This would save the federal government and local jurisdictions billions... more »

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Department of the Treasury

Eliminate Paper Tax Processing Utilizing Treasury Lockbox Banks

While great strides have been made recently to get more folks to file online (which substantially reduces labor costs for the government), there's no reason why the remaining paper filings (of which there will always be some) couldn't be digitized by lockbox banks (or the Federal Reserve) servicing the IRS. Since these banks are already processing remittances for deposit, why not have them digitize filings so that they... more »

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Cancel or Modify the Presidential Dollar Program

NPR reports that more than one billion one-dollar coins are stacking up at the Federal Reserve, and legislation mandates that ever more of these presidential coins must be minted. The problem: they just won’t circulate. Recommend that the program be modified to produce just enough for collector demand or the program be canceled altogether. We are wasting $250 million plus producing coins that we have to store and can't... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Improve Tracking and Reporting for Aliens on Student/Work Visas

Currently there seems to be virtually no tracking and no accountability for aliens on student or work visas. Establish and enforce clear reporting requirements and notifications when visas have expired without individual leaving the country. Once expired should be a warrant for arrest if still in country.

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Legislative Branch

Make English the National or Official Language of the US

Too much money is being wasted on dual/multiple language answering machines, printing, etc. Some commercial establishments are going to the point of having 10-13 languages on printed things. The government cannot afford the cost or lack of efficiency. It is time to make English the national language and the ability to speak and understand English at at least an 8th grade level should be a citizenship requirement.... more »

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Judicial Branch

Penalize Immigration Lawyers for Frivolous Lawsuits

The government is currently wasting millions processing frivolous immigration lawsuits being initiated by shady lawyers taking advantage of their clients. This is particularly true for those seeking asylum. Start reporting these guys to the state bar, strip them of their license, and charge them court costs after a pattern of frivolous lawsuits. Too many are just able to continue practicing with no penalty. Establish... more »

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Department of the Interior

Eliminate dubious travel

On occasion, government travel is scheduled for employees to meet at non-government (e.g. hotels) sites to conduct business with their government peers. This should be eliminated. GSA has already leased buildings to the government, so therefore, the meetings should occur on the grounds of the federal property that is leased to the Department/Bureau/Agency. Offsite meetings tend to be an excuse for going on a vacation... more »

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Department of the Interior

Digitized & Downloadable Federal Park Maps

The National Park Service currently pays millions of dollars to print park maps for visitors. Ironically, they just fall apart after being used. They are also cumbersome to keep safely stored and away from the weather. My suggestion is for the National Park Service to offer visitors the option of downloading park maps onto their phones/pc in advance of their trip, or when they enter the park. Since most phones now... more »

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Department of Defense

Enterprise-wide requirements management for Acqusition

In the DOD there is not an effective requirements management process for the acquisition programs. E.g. the requirements for the current electronic health record “AHLTA” came from an evolving set of capabilities and has spanned decades in development. Over the course of time, requirements changed or became flawed with no traceability of requirements from capability needs through design, test and implementation. Some the... more »

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Department of Defense

Knowledge Based Acqusition

The government should make major acqusitions knowledge-based and hire qualified acquisition personel and IT experts. In my opinion this will help provide expansion of the available options, consistent with DoD policy adjustments and streamlining activities (FASA, 1994). Additionally this best practice is consistent with current and ongoing initiatives to reclaim greater involvement, management, oversight direction and... more »

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