Showing 19 ideas for tag "reduce spending"

Department of Health and Human Services

Sustainable Government IDs from Recycled Plastic

The government spends thousands to millions of dollars making plastic IDs for their government employees each year. When these IDs expire or their beholder leaves his/her position, they are then tossed into the trashed and disposed as waste; waste destined to sit in a landfill. Why not recycle them? By making IDs out of recycled plastic and then recycling the IDs themselves after use, the government could not only increase... more »

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Judicial Branch

Automatic deportation of foreigners convicted of serious crimes

Our country could greatly benefit from the automatic deportation of foreigners convicted of serious crimes.

In Switzerland, “the government must expel, without possibility of appeals, foreigners convicted of serious crimes — ranging from murder, rape, armed robbery, and drug trafficking to abusing Switzerland's welfare system — after they complete their prison sentences”.

Right now, in the United States deportation... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Heating/Cooling - Cut Thermostat Up to 10 degrees

I noticed people wearing coats/sweaters in the summer. By setting thermostat back up to 10 degrees saves up to 20% on Cooling/Heating bill. We conserve energy where ever possible at home; the same should apply at work.

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Eliminate mail reminders of appointments for patients

Instead of mailing multiple reminders to veteran and military patients pateints, the organization can email or phone the appointment reminders. This will not only cut down on postal costs but paper costs too. The automated reminder system will be sent via email or phone whichever is preferred by the patient. The preference will be specified upon registration into the health system.

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Department of Energy

Employees Training Employees

I think reducing costs spent by the Government can come from the reduction of private-sector training companies, training federal employees. Each class that is brought in, costs the Government $800-$1500 per person per class, totaling $20,000 - $30,000 per course for 25 people. These courses are taught by people who have been out of the government for years, and some of the information isn't relevant to some jobs around... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

END OF YEAR SPENDING - ROLL OVER BUDGET

Similar to rollover budget and end of year spending.

Every year with about 2-3 months left in the fiscal year, not just my Field Office, but I'm sure every agency within the U.S. Government spends the rest of their budget, out of fear of not getting the same amount or more money the following year, and I'm sure as a way to justify asking for more funding. Field Offices should be able to spend what they need to complete... more »

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Department of the Interior

Curb wasteful spending on unnecessary shipping costs

A staggering amount of money is wasted on unnecessary expedited shipping costs. In most instances, it isn't necessary to send or receive items/mail/etc. via UPS and FedEx unless there is a justifiable reason to do so. Lots of items are better suited being shipped via USPS at an equally efficient rate of speed and a much cheaper rate. It's disappointing that U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail shipping isn't even offered... more »

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Department of the Interior

Eliminate Duplicative Computer Programs Between Agencies

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 Agriculture

Volunteerism

All time spent by employees performing work-related activities that employers suffer or permit is work time, whether on premises or not and whether required or not -- according to the ruling of Permit to Suffer. This ruling should be relaxed so that an employee has the freedom to volunteer services to benefit the government and taxpayers in a variety of ways including driving without reimbursement.

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Department of the Interior

Save Millions each month, Eliminate the TAV Fee in GovTrip

My area office employs 65 people, over 30 of them travel on a regular basis to locations throughout the Mid-Pacific Region. Today I processed 9 separate trips for 6 different people. Every trip immediately incurs a $15 TAV fee in GovTrip for every Authorization processed. Every trip requires an Authorization be completed in GovTrip regardless of the length and the type of travel. This fee is added even when the traveler... more »

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Legislative Branch

Balance the Budget.

If the Presdient pledged to veto every unbalanced budget, and followed through with this threat for two terms...
or Congress could simply pass a balanced budget bill, maybe for only ten years just to see how it works. However, it is not in any individual legislator's interest to balance the budget. This is the classic "tragedy of the commons" secnario where we all see that conservation is necessary, but each person... more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Kick the Can, USA!

As summer interns in the Region 9 office of the Environmental Protection Agency, it has been exciting to see that EPA practices what it preaches! One of the best sustainability initiatives in the San Francisco office is to replace personal trash bins with larger bins in communal areas of each floor. This simple act saves money, reduces landfill waste, and gently encourages recycling.

In the EPA’s San Francisco office,... more »

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Department of Defense

Reduce flying hours to save Millions!

With the average cost of an F-16 sortie over 1million dollars when you include all the supporting equipment, parts, fuel, man power and such the best way to save money would be to cut down on flying. If they cut flying down by even 1 day a month for every fighter/flying squadron Air Force wide and made it a maintenance catch up day or something like that not only would they save hundreds of Millions of dollars a month... more »

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Legislative Branch

Information Assurance Branch under OMB

Create an Information Assurance Branch under OMB for all accreditation efforts and standards. One method will help save trillions of dollars across all agencies. Certification and Accreditation is mandatory for all DoD systems, but yet we waist billions of $$$$s accrediting the same system in different agencies because one agency wants a bigger, fancier or different color system than another. I say make a branch under... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Benefit Agency Consolidation

The Social Security Administration and the Veterans Benefit Administration share many core processes and both are associated with determination regarding disability benefits. These processes are costly in terms of 1) staff levels, 2) personnel training, 3) administrative staff, and 4) oversight to insure compliance to congressional mandates. Both of these agencies make determinations regarding the level of disability... more »

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