Showing 12 ideas for tag "reducing duplication of effort"

Department of the Treasury

Replace $1 notes with $1 coins and SAVE BILLIONS

Although the news is filled with distractions like the cost to the Fed to house unused $1 coins and how Americans don't "like" $1coins because they are heavy and easily confused with quarters, I would suggest we look at this issue with common sense and practicality for the sake of our nation. An impartial GAO study update this year determined that billions could be saved over time if we replace single $1 notes with $1... more »

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Executive Office of the President

Standardize Fleet Management

Standardize the management of our vehicle and equipment fleets. Currently, each agency, writes policy/regulation and has software, procedures, and management policy for their fleets. Conversely, we're all doing the same thing; tracking utilization, right-sizing, greening, tracking fuel, training, etc. On top of that, each agency is writing directives, regulations, policy, and even creating separate forms. Standardizing... more »

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Department of Agriculture

paperless maps for Loss Adjusters and FSA-578 Producer Print

Web based acreage reports now give us the ability to send Loss Adjuster's a copy of their maps through Email so we can stop wasting money on printing out colored maps for their appraisals reports. The Loss adjuster's can have the infomation without a hardcopy. Another idea is to stop printing out the FSA-578 to have the producer sign when all the information is on the acreage report. We are wasting paper, money and... more »

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Department of Agriculture

Single Governmentwide Computer Security Training

So many agencies and Departments develop their own IT security training that all employees have to take annually. How much do all these programs, which are new each year, cost? Why not just have one government-wide computer security training program? We would save millions in duplicated effort and increase uniformity of security standards.

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Department of Defense

Purple BASOPS - Defense Base Operations Support Agency

Within Department of Defense, we are having a billing war between the Services for base operations support (BOS). Although the specific war fighting mission of each Service is unique, there is absolutely nothing Service-specific about BOS. Paying the electricity bill in the Army should be the same as paying the electricity bill in the Air Force. Child care on a Navy base should be the same as that offered to the children... 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 Homeland Security

Too many employees involved in Cargo targeting

Why do we need Strategic Trade Centers in different parts of the country, each staffed by many employees. Import Specialists, properly trained and chosen can do this, and already do targeting as part of their job (and they go up to Sr. grade 12, not 13 as the International Trade Specialists do). You want statistics, hire a statistician! Officers do targeting! Personnel in the National Targeting Center to targeting.... more »

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Department of Transportation

Consolidate GovTrip Fees: A quick and quantifiable solution

This idea is computable, keeps accountability, and very easy to implement: Require travelers who have long-term temporary assignments (3 weeks or greater) to submit a travel authorization for the entire trip, rather than the required maximum (e.g., a 3 month assignment would require 4 authorizations). Authorizations cost $15 through GovTrip, so why not have a one-time submittal for these longer trips? The traveler can... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Decrease costs developing policies and procedures

Set up workgroups, such as SharePoint groups, where managers from all VHA facilities, can jointly work on policies and procedures.

This will decrease managers' time spent developing policies and procedures, and increase their productivity.

When VHA endoscopy units were mandated to develop endoscope cleaning and disinfection SOPs, each endoscopy Unit manager and SPD Chief developed SOPs. This was a huge duplication of... more »

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Executive Office of the President

Eliminating duplicated police/security services

My idea is to bring all executive branch police and security functions at federal properties under the administrative, budgetary and operational control of one federal agency, such as the Federal Protective Service.
Many federal agencies use 0083 series police officers and 0085 series security guards. To name just a few; All branches of the DoD, DIA, FBI, NIST, BIA, USPS, NPS, and the Dept of the Treasury. The department... more »

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Department of Defense

Consolidate and Contract Military Recruiting

Conduct a survey to see if it is feasible to consolidate all military recruiting agencies (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard) into one contracted agency. Currently, with each branch having its own recruiting service, there is an enormous duplication of effort. Having one civilian contractor be responsible for all military recruiting would greatly streamline the process. This would result in an enormous... more »

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