Showing 16 ideas for tag "wastefull spending"
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Office of Personnel Management

Eliminate double payment of Post Allowance for married couples.

Post Allowance is a cost-of-living allowance granted to an employee officially stationed at a post in a foreign area where the cost of living, exclusive of quarters cost, is substantially higher than in Washington, D. C. When married couple employees are both eligible for the post allowance, each is automatically granted it. The double payment of Post Allowance to married couple employees is unnecessary and wasteful... 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 Agriculture

Combine conservation programs and eliminate CSP

Combine conservation program into 2 categories; easement programs and conservation programs. Right now we have too much administration and wasted efforts on multiple programs that could be combined within these 2 categories. One set of cost lists and one set of forms for each category would eliminate much duplication of effort and simplify the process of getting conservation on the land. CSP should be eliminated. The... more »

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Federal Chain Gangs to save costs on projects

We are in hard economic times instead of releasing criminals into the streets like California lets put them to work for us. They can work on improving America and Learning a trade. In the past it has worked very well. It can work well again now. The are hard time it costs alot of money to keep criminals in prisons and jails lets have them earn there meals and bed. I have to work for mine why should prisoners be able... more »

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Financial Reform

Utilize existing educational resources vs paying for them

We have a million dollar contract with Channing Bete to publish educational materials for our veterans to be passed out in the rural health program. All of the topics could be printed from medline for free for distribution . There is no difference in the educational content. We could also get free material from the FDA , NIH,American cancer sociaety etc for little or no cost versus paying copius amounts of money to a... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

STOP LEASING PROPERTY AND FACILITIES.

Why do we continue to pay for things that are not ours.

My port is the largest commercial Seaport in the U.S., 50% of the U.S. commercial cargo arrives through LA/LB, yet we lease office space in a building that isn't ours, and we share it with private sector industries where the general population can just come into the building and use the elevators, and walk the halls.

Why isn't it that we don't have our own facility?... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

In House Nurse

Currently when an immigrants gets injured during his travel from his country, we utilize alot of man power and hours to transport and guard the individual in the local medical facility. An Agent also needs to aquire the prescriptions at the pharmacies. This takes away alot of time away from the Agent in performing line duties and Supervisors typing and printing out injury reports. Hiring in House nurses throughout... more »

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Department of Justice

Stop providing inmate with amities.

We provide inmate with pencils, soap, body wash, writing paper, envelopes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, shaving gel, and razors. We should only provide these things to inmates that are indigent. Most of the inmate wastes these items. I find all of this stuff in the trash can, un-used or wasted. Most of the inmate can afford to buy these things but don’t because they are free from us. Stop the handouts.

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Legislative Branch

Database of Completed Studies

Honorable Members of House appear to not be aware of studies which have been completed on topics of interest and to justify the related costs to complete. Due to current housing crisis multiple studies are being completed or have been completed pertaining to the same topic. If the data of the completed studies is still relevant an additional study should not be completed. However, simple easy accessible database... more »

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Executive Office of the President

Eliminate Fiscal Years/IRS -- Save Billions

The majority of the spending in the procurement industry is done in the last three months of the fiscal year due to the arbitrary use-or-lose budget imposed by the IRS. As a contracting specialist I see customers repetedly purchasing items they do not need (replacing working items, adding unnecessary items, etc.), senselessly spending billions so that their unit will have a sufficient budget the next year should they... more »

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Use it or lose it

Currently at the end of the fiscal year units have to spend left over money in their budget because of the "use it or lose it" way of determining who gets money the next year. The idea is good because if the unit doesn't need the money then we can put it else were. However, this does not work. Units instead go out and buy things that aren't needed just to spend the money so they get it back again next year. This policy... more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Save $96M per year by using 1/4 less lighting (electricity)

Fluorescent lights are relatively economical but what they save per bulb is lost by volume and duration.

The electricity used to power 1 Bulb costs approximately 15$ per year**

In one small part of my office (that houses approximately thirty employees), I count 36 light fixtures. That’s 72 lights --- or an electrical cost of $1,152 annually.

That’s $38.40 per employee annually, JUST for the electricity that powers... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Commericial shipping

As fuel costs continue to go up, the cost for shipping goods is increasing. I suggest establishing Government wide contracts that could provided suitable reduced cost shipping. For example, UPS has a account established for the Government that has the ability to save 50 - 80% over commercial shipping through UPS. Specific example a pallet weighing 350 lbs shipped from DC/MD/VA commercially through UPS to Miami FL,... more »

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