Showing 135 ideas for tag "ssa"

Legislative Branch

Ethics Training- Mandatory for all agency heads and management

The number of examples of unethical behavior seems to increase daily, primarily because the ethics education has not been provided and/or is not emphasised. Government should provide annual mandatory "in class" training sessions to all management and senior officials. Employees should be encouraged to provide anonymous reports of unethical behavior. The training in addition to the anonymous reporting would provide for... more »

Voting

16 likes
Active

Legislative Branch

Eliminate unnecessary international and domestic travel

Conducting international negotiations overseas (as an example) is unnecessary considering the available technology. Offices are equiped with advanced communications that permit conferences electronically. Why is it then necessary to have to send a group overseas to conduct negotiations which are generally informal/friendly in nature and that can be conducted via teleconference? The government would save several million... more »

Voting

18 likes
Active

Legislative Branch

eliminate unnecessary software and other equipment

I have observed that numerous offices continually pay for software that is not used. There are other internal software that is available that also overlaps in function. Assessments ought to be made on all software and equipment. As an example, we have 10 unused PC's in empty cubicles. Each time our component gets new computers, those unused PC's get upgraded and so does the software. Seems like a tremendous waste of resources.... more »

Voting

5 likes
Active

Legislative Branch

Exercise equipment should be modified to provide electricity

We have a large gym at our agency and for several hours per day, about 40 or more pieces of cardiovascular equipment are being used. If it is cost efficient, the equipment upon replacement ought to be replaced with equipment that provides energy for the buildings that we are in. This is already in use in some private sector offices.

Voting

12 likes
Active

Department of State

Combine Federal Agency Work

There are numerous examples of work overlap. As an example why does the IRS and SSA conduct international negotiations when DOS is in charge of embassies and has the staffing to handle the work? By having one agency handle this type of work (for example) would bring the agencies closer together and would save a tremendous amout of operational work.

Voting

16 likes
Active

Legislative Branch

Break the monopolies at Federal Agencies

Security companies, day care centers, cleaning services, travel agencies, etc, etc, etc. Is is very questionable why government does not put these services up to the highest bidder and reviews the work for efficiency each year. Instead, agencies pay inneficient monopolis. As an example; the Washington Post recently published a very embarrasing article on the highly inadequate job a private agency is doing with providing... more »

Voting

11 likes
Active

Social Security Administration

Provide Clear and Comprehensive Correspondence to the Public

Much of the work in Operations at SSA is because people do not understand what is being ask of them. There ought to be an urgent focus on revising the most frequently mailed correspondence to the public. A better understanding of the content material, would provide with less calls and walk in traffic. Letters should be written just like how we explain things to the public when they walk in to an office or when they call... more »

Voting

8 likes
Active

Department of Homeland Security

DHS-SSA better comunication

DHS and SSA should have some of there comunications systems interlinked in order to mitigate and fight criminal activity which in the short and long term saves money.

When disaster come FEMA and SSA systems should be interlinked like FEMA-NEMIS and SSA -PCOM to link SSA receipeints in that manner FEMA can better identify if the Survivor is a legal US citezen and can receive Disaster funds.

By doing this both agency... more »

Voting

6 likes
Active

Social Security Administration

Eliminate unnecessary policy/regulations and intranet sites

Our agency would clearly benefit tremendously if policy components would focus on reviewing existing policy and eliminate unnecessary/outdated policy procedures and instructions. This should be a mandate, reports should be submitted on progress.

Necessary policy could also be consolidated to be clearer and simpler for us to execute in operations. Generally the objective of policy components is to "update" or expand on... more »

Voting

8 likes
Active

Social Security Administration

Implement E-Mail Correspondence for Appointments

We currently send out letters whenever someone calls to make an appointment to file for retirement, disability, etc.

Although there has been more of an emphasis to encourage customers to file online when they call, why can we not ask for an email address and avoid having to send out paper letters?

The cost savings of not having to mail out letters would be tremendous! At the time when we have a caller on the phone,... more »

Voting

10 likes
Active

Executive Office of the President

Mandate that this site be uttilized

Mandate that the top 100 ideas at a minimum are forwarded to the involved agency executive for review and comment.

There are an extensive amount of valuable ideas here that may not score number one. It would be tremendous waste of effort if those below number one were not reviewed for consideration. We all have an idea or two here, we all put effort into this, what a waste if the ideas were simply deleted.

Mandate that... more »

Voting

84 likes
Active

Legislative Branch

stop accepting $10.00 repayment on debts

ssa currently is obligated to accept, when a beneficiary has proven limited income and resources, repayments at rates as little as $10.00 per month on overpayments as large as $20000.00 or more. It is a joke. We are discouraged from suggesting settlements, even though the possibitity of recouping $6000.00 from a 50 year old is slim to none by the time he is deceased. why don't we either raise that absurd limit or push... more »

Voting

16 likes
Active

Social Security Administration

REPLACE POSTER PRINTING WITH FLAT LED SCREENS!

Whenever the agency components need to give the heads up on an upcoming event, or when there is an announcement that requires attention, SSA (as an example), has analysts (contractors), that create the poster digitally and then sends them to the printing office. The Posters are then picked up and distributed, causing a lot of manual power and a lot of garbage as they are thrown out after the event takes place or announcement... more »

Voting

9 likes
Active

Department of the Treasury

Social Security Reform

You know what you have to do to ensure Social Security will be able to continue.

First, STOP borrowing from it!

Second, make all wages subject to social security tax. I pay social security tax on all my income. Why shouldn't Bill Gates, or our senators, or even the President have to? Just because you're wealthy doesn't mean you should just be able to pay this tax on a small portion of your income.

Third, increase... more »

Voting

24 likes
Active