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Online auctions of surplus equipment

There should be an easy method to get the salvage value from used machinery, furniture and similar materials rather than just throwing it away. An online auction such as GovDeals should be used to get the residual value of these items, but no one seems to know how to do this. Administrators or department heads should be allowed to authorize this means of disposal and be able to keep the recovered funding for their operating... more »

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close Friday after Thanksgiving

Close all offices except essential personnel the day after Thanksgiving. Many people use this day and its a waste to operate with lights, energy, guards, etc... for a few people.

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Eliminate (perceived) penalty to return unused budget dollars

Fear that not using our full allocated budget dollars will mean a decrease in funds the next fiscal year; there is a push for unnecessary or non critical spending days before deadline. On the contrary, there should be incentives to return unused portions.

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REFORM CONGRESS

A lot of boys and girls grow up and want to serve their country. These children see their parents working hard, paying their bills, being honest, and respecting each other. When some of these children grow up, they decide that they want to run for political office. Some of these big children get elected to the Congress in Washington DC.

WHAT HAPPENS??? A lot of these big children forget the importance of paying their... more »

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Government Transparency

There should be 1 Web Site that shows where all Federal Tax Money is spent every year.

Just like a business, the investors (taxpayers) deserve to know how their business (government) is performing.

The expenditures should be broken down as:
Medicare/Medicaid $XXXXXXXXXXXX
Social Security $XXXXXXXXXXX
Defense Spending $XXXXXXXXXXX
etc.

The Taxpayer could click on the above category and get specifics within that category.... more »

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FOIA & Attorney Claim Copy Request-Scan Paper Folders Not Copy

Federal Claim Agencies receive many requests for claim copies. There are millions of paper claims folders.

FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) Requests involve copying a paper claim to give to the Veteran or Claimant.

Attorney Copy Requests involve copying a paper claim to give to the Attorney, Veteran or Claimant.

I suggest that we utilize scanners rather than copiers with these requests. We should scan in the paper... more »

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Shipping Items Timely to Prevent Overnight Shipping Costs

Even with advances in automation, federal agencies still need to ship out a lot of items everyday. There are deadlines established for most shipments.

Rather than waiting until the last minute to ship something, federal agencies should be mandated to ship immediately upon notification of the need for shipment.

This would save millions of federal dollars by preventing unnecessary overnight costs that many agencies incur... more »

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Timely Official Travel Planning to Eliminate Increased Charges

Thousands of Federal Employees travel everyday. There are tremendous expenditures associated with travel.

If Federal Agencies would be proactive and timely in planning for travel, the expenditures would decrease tremendously.

Often times, solicitations for travel are issued a month in advance. The employee is then alerted a month later, for example, on a Thursday that they travel out on Sunday. The airfare and hotel... more »

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Stop Distributing Paper Pay Stubs and Paper W-2s to Employees

In my office, a huge stack of paper pay stubs come in every 2 weeks. With the availability of the myPay web site, we should not still be distributing paper pay stubs.

 

The myPay web site also maintains the W-2s. There is no use in mailing out these forms each year, with the printing and shipping costs.

 

The Federal Government would save millions of dollars if paper pay stubs and w-2s were discontinued.

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Adopt MANY of these suggestions

Why not adopt MANY of these suggestions? Many of these are legitimate money-saving suggestions for the Federal Government.

 

I suggest adopting as many of these as possible to give the American Taxpayers the Federal Government that they expect and deserve.

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Government of the People, By the People, For the People

These words were spoken by Abraham Lincoln in the Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863. Here we are in the United States 147 years, 260 days later.

We are watching Congress. At this second, we are $14,546,716,998,177 in debt. It took me 6 seconds to type that number, and the debt raised $262,554(Over 260 THOUSAND DOLLARS!!!) while I was typing.

We have to get a handle on our spending in the Federal Government.... more »

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Hire the Best Candidate for Filling Federal Jobs

The Federal Government should not hire employees just because they meet a quota.

 

I've seen too many employees hired to meet a targeted category, who were totally unable to do the job. Some were eventually terminated, some still working.

 

By getting the best qualified candidates, we would cut out the waste in money used to train, and give the American Taxpayers the Federal Government that they expect and deserve.

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Regional and Area Office Site Visits by Video Teleconferencing

All Regional and Area Office Site Visits should be conducted by teleconferencing.

The time spent travelling, in additional to the mileage and hotels required, cost the Federal Government millions of dollars yearly.

Videoteleconferencing is a very effective method of communication and is commonly used in the private sector.

The advances in automation now allow ROs and Area Offices to see the same listings and documents... more »

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Online Medical Document Sharing between SSA and VA

The Social Security Administration processes disability claims. There are many, many thousands backlogged.

The Department of Veterans Affairs processes disability claims. There are many, many thousands backlogged.

There are hundreds of thousands of Veterans who file disability claims annually. Many of these Veterans are receiving, or have filed for, Social Security disability. In an electronic environment, and with... more »

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VA Hospital Encounters

While working here at the VA, I am in charge of ensuring that the encounters for Patient billing are entered correctly for my department. Since taking over this task the number of errors being made by the staff in this department has drastically dropped because I created how to guides and done several different educational sessions with clinicians in our department. The VA has a vast problem with these encounters and... more »

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