Showing 16 ideas for tag "all government"

Legislative Branch

Eliminate End of Year Spending

Eliminate End of year spending. Allow money to cross fiscal years. This would eliminate the need to do new Purchase orders every October 1 for contracts from the previous years. If money can flow across the FY then it has the ability to save the government time, money and energy. There should be an incentive to return any unused portion of an agencies budget to the treasury.

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Cut Gov't Travel Budgets - Too many free vacations!

I know folks like to travel - but - in the Federal Gov't folks travel "just because they can" and the money is there - many trips are unnecessary to complete the mission. Extra "offsite" meetings at resorts, shopping for conferences just to go to a fun city for a week, travelling 3000 miles for a 2 hour meeting, all that is nice - but it's paid by taxpayer money and in this time of need that's where there is a lot of... more »

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission

End of FY Spending by Government (Offer Incentives to Agencies)

As we all know, at the end of the FY each agency scrambles to spend what is left in their budgets. Most of the spending is careless and wasteful. The primary reason for this is because the departements know that if they do not exhaust their budget, they will not get those funds back in their next budget.

President Obama should recognize this wasteful spending and offer enticing incentives for agencies that do not... more »

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Department of the Interior

Stop penalizing agencies for not spending all their FY money

At the end of the fiscal year, agencies that have carryover money are put in a position to spend that money or lose it in future budget cycles. Why not reward agencies for saving money at the years end by ensuring they get the same amount or more in the next budget cycle? Or through some other means of reward where they are not penalized in the next budget cycle for their fiscal responsibility? There is so much government... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Faxmail

Prior to working for the federal government, I spent approximately five (5) years employed in the private sector. A growing practice was the implementation of faxmail. The idea is simple: an individual is assigned a phone number, and when he/she receives a fax, it goes directly into his/her email inbox.

With the goal of creating a paperless work environment, the receipt of an electronic fax will create an instant savings... more »

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Legislative Branch

Charge inmates for their time in prison-

Madolf is enjoying quite comfortable accomodations in a very well appointed federal prison, known for it's comfortable accomodations and ameneties. Considering this individual has billions in his accounts, he should have to pay for the cost of being in prison, fully refunding the tax payers. He committed the crime and by that many tax payers had to pay. Now we get screwed again by having to pay for him to live nicely... more »

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Legislative Branch

Criminalize vote bartering and ex parte legislative discussions.

When a piece of legislation is brought before a legislative body (either the House or the Senate), it is nothing short of bribery to vote swap (i.e., I'll vote for your bill if you vote for mine; or I'll vote for your bill if you give my district X dollars via an unrelated amendment).

Two rules could fix this:
1) No off-the-record conversations about pending legislation (ex parte communication). It is simply unfair... more »

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Legislative Branch

Okay this is out of control...

There are nearly 4500 ideas here. Who's monitoring the ideas?

In lieu of doing this nationally why aren't we doing this within in each agency? Then we could recommend that such and such division stop buying pad-folios and paper imported from Germany. I'm sure that if each agency implemented all the little ideas we'd save more than one idea implemented from this program.

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Executive Office of the President

Require Feedback from All Agencies on Status of SAVE Suggestions

Require all agencies to provide periodic (quarterly) feedback on the status of all suggestions related to their agency. Those suggestions being implemented with est savings, those being studied further, those not being implemented (and why). Publish on this website. This feedback is something that has been sorely lacking from the program. Nothing is heard on any of the suggestions other than the top ones. We need... more »

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Department of the Interior

Eliminate dubious travel

On occasion, government travel is scheduled for employees to meet at non-government (e.g. hotels) sites to conduct business with their government peers. This should be eliminated. GSA has already leased buildings to the government, so therefore, the meetings should occur on the grounds of the federal property that is leased to the Department/Bureau/Agency. Offsite meetings tend to be an excuse for going on a vacation... more »

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Department of the Interior

Stop "Spend or Lose" Budgets

The current "Spend it or Lose it" budget idea has got to be one of the worst, wasteful money management ever devised by man. The end of the year "rush' to empty any surplus of funds usually results in the acquistion of items that are, in many cases, really not needed. The results: Replacing last years items with the lastest version (when last years version, still work fine...) new computer screens, office funiture, etc...... more »

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Department of Agriculture

Budget Giveback

Instead of punishing Agencies for giving back money at the end of the budget year, reward them. Currently, there is no incentive for an Agency to give money back at the end of the year. Every year there is a mass spending (a lot of times on items that are not currently needed) just so we don't give money back. This is done because currently if you do give money back then the next year's budget is almost always cut... more »

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Department of Defense

Eliminate end of contract spend down

Ways to encourage saving money from being spent at end of contract or end of fiscal year:
1. Allow for contract extensions based on funds remaining. This will encourage the funds to be used as intended rather than wasted uselessly.
2. Financial incentives for funds saved at end of contract. Similar to bonus policies in some private corporations: pay out a percentage of the money saved (with a reasonable cap) to all employees... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Put an end to "use it or lose it funding"

All federal agencies I've been involved with go through the same thing at the end of every fiscal year - a huge spending spree, many times on items not needed, to spend down money before it is swept away. A big reason for this is fear that the budget requests for the following year may not be approved if the agency did not spend it's entire budget in the current year.
This is wasteful spending of money. The so called... more »

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