Showing 20 ideas for tag "efficiency"

Department of Veterans Affairs

Eliminate mail reminders of appointments for patients

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Instead of mailing multiple reminders to veteran and military patients pateints, the organization can email or phone the appointment reminders. This will not only cut down on postal costs but paper costs too. The automated reminder system will be sent via email or phone whichever is preferred by the patient. The preference will be specified upon registration into the health system.

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Paperless Forms and Electronic Signatures - We Have the Solution

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Forms, forms, forms, forms. The government loves them. By the end of my work week I've filled out at least one form, but sometimes as many as 10. They are all required to be printed and signed.

What a waste...not only in paper and time, but also in rework when forms are lost, scanning, and interruptions for those who must physically sign. Agencies already have the software needed to do this electronically with minimal... 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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Eliminate Backlogs of SSA and VA Disability Appeal Claims

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On the SSA Web Site, it states that it takes between 3 to 5 months to receive an initial SSA disability decision. On the VA Web Site, it states that it takes up to 6 months to receive an initial VA disability decision. SSA Appeals take 2 or more years at OHA. VA Appeals take 3 or more years at the BVA.

Although initial disability processing times have improved over recent years due to Automation including Electronic... more »

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Make Voice Recognition Software available to the interested

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The available options for documenting care in the medical record at the VA are limited. Keyboards are slow, distract caregivers from their interaction with the patient, and tasks some of our most highly trained and highly paid employees with data input instead of patient care. Templates are time-consuming to create, inflexible, and still require keyboard input. The notes created are similar or identical, as if they were... more »

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VA Claims-Match C&P Exam Language to Match Rating Schedule

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Veterans attend C&P Examinations at VA Medical Centers to get medical evidence for a determination for disability benefits and payments.

Many times, the C&P Exam language does not match up to the VA Rating Schedule which is used to determine benefit amounts.

If the VA Medical Center had a checklist for the disability which is being examined, the examiner could determine the proper severity for evaluation.

This would... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Be Green-Print Only When Necessary

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Federal Government agencies use millions of pieces of paper per day.

 

There should be reminders around the offices to "Be Green-Print Only When Necessary."

 

The federal government could save milions of dollars per year by eliminating many of the unnecessary print jobs on a daily basis.

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Intra-Agency Green Team

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The Federal Government should establish an Intra-Agency Green Team.

Representatives from each agency can teleconference nationwide to share best automation practices, share initiatives to encourage online participation from the American public, and discuss other ideas to become more efficient.

Each Federal Agency has some good "Green" practices, but unfortunately these are not shared across the federal government... more »

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Web Site Address on Every Public Correspondence

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All Federal Agencies should provide their web site address on every form of correspondence with the public.

Currently, most agencies have their agency title, physical mail address, and phone number. It should be a "no brainer" to also list the web site address along with the other contact information, directly under the agency phone number.

By doing this, the American public will be able to immediately access the... more »

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Save Time-File Online

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Federal Government agencies send out millions of letters per day.

On the back of the envelop, it should read "Save Time-File Online." The agency web site address should be included directly under that phrase.

By simply listing this, the federal government will save millions of dollars. The federal government will become more efficient in providing the American Taxpayer the services that he/she deserves.

Save Time-File... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Government Transparency

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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

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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

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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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Timely Official Travel Planning to Eliminate Increased Charges

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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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Department of Veterans Affairs

Adopt MANY of these suggestions

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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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