Showing 30 ideas for tag "cost saving"

Department of Agriculture

Cut to the Constitution

Require all federal agencies to turn in to Congress a one page document explaining what article(s) of the Constitution authorizes their existence. Eliminate those agencies that do not have clear and specific authorization in the Constitution.

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Department of Energy

Eliminate Foreign Aid "Welfare"

Eliminate foreign aid spending (except for Emergency assistance due to disasters) immediately. Approximately 150 out of the 190 or so nations on this planet are supported by the US taxpayer. The cost runs into the BILLIONS every year (including this year) and the return on investment in negligable. It's time to take care of "AMERICA" first (i.e., Number #1) and stop this outrageous, unconstitutional foreign wellfare... more »

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Department of Justice

Less use of Overnight Fedex to send orginals

Currently we have a large component of our staff working out of offices in the field and our travel papers are processed from a central location. when creating a travel reimbursment we scan and e-mail all of our documents, once the travel voucher is created we are required to fed-ex overnight the orginals to the office prior to release of reimbursment. This incurs a hefty charge per envelope, that simply is not needed,... more »

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Legislative Branch

Energy Saver

Here at the USPTO, the lights in the hallways and offices go off automatically after a certain hour at night and on the week-ends, leaving the hallways partially lit. However, someone working late or on a weekend can override the auto shut off system and re-energize an an entire section of the building including full hallway lights, only to have the lights on in one particular office. My idea to conserve energy is to... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Color coated officer pat down gloves by size

I noticed that when we TSO's change our Blue gloves, sometimes when we pull them out of the box and they all pop out all over the drawer. Then when we try to organize them, we can't tell what size goes in what box, so a lot of the gloves are thrown away. I think if we had colored gloves for the different sizes, that would be more efficient. Or maybe a colored band around the top of them to identify what size is what.... more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Joint Training

An individual from another agency arranged a contracting training class for his staff. Being from a small office, he opened up available seating to other agencies within the area. Many agencies chose to participate and the class was filled. It was not only a cost saving decision, but it opened communication with other agencies. Since there are many training courses which overlap agencies, such as grants management,... more »

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Department of Agriculture

Have all agencies review top 25 to 50 entries to Save Award!!

In looking at all the entries in many cases there seems to be repeats and what appears to be alot of great suggestions on how the government could save overall. I would suggest that the agencies, departments and organizations listed on this website review the top 25 to 50 suggestions from their own departments. There can be an overall Save Award winner, but I think if we (the government) want to get serious about... more »

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Department of the Interior

Energy Audit Measures Could Save $5 billion

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... more »

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Legislative Branch

Limit Tax Code to 100 pages, simplify the process!

The tax code is out of hand. Simplify it, make it difficult to change, and do not allow special exceptions allowing a few to not pay their fair share of taxes. Consider a small national sales tax to supplement some revenues on non-food items. Then supplement any government expenditures with fees for service instead. Inspections of foreign suppliers of food and other goods should pay for itself. As inspections show good... more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Save Time: Paperless Hiring Leading to Digital Record Keeping

As EPA Region 9 summer interns who’ve grown up in a Web 2.0 World, we feel we have a fresh perspective on how procedures are carried out with new technologies. We were surprised by the sheer amount of paper involved in the hiring process –SF-52, I-9, a physical welcome folder all of which were available online. For a total of 2 million federal employees, this translates into an incredible amount of paperwork and redundancy.... more »

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Department of the Treasury

Improve Money Management By Optimizing Contractor Payments

Money management optimization can save millions for the taxpayer that can be put to better use elsewhere. The government spends billions each year to pay contractors for their goods and services. We have also automated the accounts payable system (EDI) making it paperless. It allows for contractors/vendors to submit electronic invoices and the government in turn pays by electronic funds transfer. This system has become... more »

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Social Security Administration

SSI money used to support families of illegal aliens

We currently pay SSI benefits to a parent of a disabled child. The maximum amount payable is $674.00 per month.

We pay this amount to a parent even if the parent is an illegal alien who does not have a social security number.

If this parent, who does not have a social security number, has several disabled children, SSI will pay up $674.00 per month per child. There is not a maximum amount payable per family.... more »

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Department of Defense

Consolidate Redundant Air Force Airlift Staff (AMD)

The current structure of the USAF in the warzone is based on a pre-internet model from an airlift perspective. The TACC at Scott AFB, in conjunction with US TRANSCOM, vet and assign transportation to all DoD users around the world. They are permanently staffed and have many thousands of dollars in programs, apps, etc. that allow them to manage hundreds of missions per day. Suddenly, in the AOR (Afghan/Iraq) a whole... more »

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