Showing 12 ideas for tag "cost reductions"

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Power-saving policies

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In order to conserve electricity (and therefore operating costs), as many items as possible should be powered down when not in use. Office lights should have timers/motion sensors installed that turn them off after a certain period of inactivity. Printers can be powered down at the end of the day (or when they are not in use - sometimes I use my printer only a few times a week). Scanners should remain powered off and... more »

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close Friday after Thanksgiving

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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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Send VA Letters Electronically

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Each Day, The Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA) sends thousands of letters to veterans and their dependents. The current system mandates hard copy letters to every veteran.

With the advent of electronic mail (e-mail), and Secretary Shinseki's goals to transform VA into a 21st Century organization, eliminating the claims backlog by 2015, I suggest that optional e-mail communication between veterans and VA be established.... more »

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Save Huge Government Travel Dollars Now

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I strongly suggest that the Federal Government take use of a secure application called "Live Meeting" wihich is included in the MS OFFICE OUTLOOK Suite. Since most laptops issued by the Government have microphones and cameras the reliance on one-day fly-outs become archaic. All that is needed is an internet connection. It's easy to set-up and join meetings and the meetings can last for hours. You share documents,... more »

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No Skipping General Schedule Grades

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Given the realities of the shrinking federal budget I would recommend not skipping the lower General Schedule grade levels.

Most of the federal job postings I have seen skip the even levels of GS-6, GS-8 and GS-10 and use only the odd designations of GS-5, GS-7, GS-9 and GS-11. Under the current schedule, a newly hired GS-7 employee under “The Rest of the US” locality pay scale would typically receive annual raises... more »

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Limit Travel to Job Related Activities

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Leadership and certain employees go to many conferences that have nothing to do with their jobs or programs we have at our hospital. They never report back on what they learned or bring anything back, so it doesn't really help the medical center or veterans at all. This has gone on for the past 14 years I've worked here and it's getting worse. People need to travel for educational conferences that are related to their... more »

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Overtime Compensation & Abuse

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FLSA requires that overtime rate of 1.5 x hourly rate is to be paid when 40 hours are physically worked. Most firms, both profit and non-profit, adhere to this standard. Here at the VA, and I imagine many other government agencies, OT at the 1.5 rate is paid whether an employee calls in sick or uses vacation time during the same pay period.
For chronic leave abusers, OT is the perfect way to make extra money and suffer... more »

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Shipping Items Timely to Prevent Overnight Shipping Costs

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

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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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VBA- Duty To Assist Paper Notifications

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The VA-VBA sends notification letters EVERY TIME a claim is received from a Veteran; if the Veteran forgets to add an issues and turns around and sends that issue - VBA sends a letter. Often these letters are 5-10 pages. This notification action is required by Congress. I think a savings (dollars) in Mailings, envelops and letter paper and VSR preparation (LABOR) could be reduced if the VBA sent ONE LETTER in a 12-month... more »

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Use Both Sides of the Paper...Double Your Inventory!

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Although we are trying to automate the Federal Government, there are still many times we have to use paper.

When employees print, use duplex printing!

When employees take notes, write on both sides!

If the Agency distributes monthly Posters to hang up in the building, print 2 months at a time. Flip the poster over after the first month.

When an employee gives a presentation, use the "white space" on each side of... more »

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