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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.

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

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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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VA Should Develop “MyVA” App for Cell Phone

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Statistics show that 91% of Americans now use cell phones. Over 35% of Americans now own a smart phone.

There is an App for everything these days. The VA has a great website online. There are a lot of private companies that have Apps that give VA information.

The VA should develop this App to include information such as: *MyVA; *Check Status of Claim; VA Medical Center Appointment Reminder; FAQ’s; Most Popular... more »

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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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Initial, Mid Career, and End of Service Career Counseling

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The first component entails informing veterans of opportunities and programs that exist and can be beneficial to them in many ways. This starts by taking VA HR personnel and assigning them to sections of the nation where they are readily available to military bases to work with commanding officers to conduct periodic information sessions with group members. Information disseminated allows veterans to remain current on... more »

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Revamp USAJOBS.GOV To Allow For Job Applicant Feedback

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USAJOBS.GOV should be revamped.

 

Job applicants should not only receive the confirmation that the resume/application were sent, applicants should also be provided feedback from the HR reviewer.

 

The HR communication would prevent the necessity of follow-ups and simplify the Federal Government job application process, saving the Federal Government millions of dollars.

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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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Hire the Best Candidate for Filling Federal Jobs

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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

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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

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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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Fax to Email - Save Millions in paper

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Incoming faxes can be automatically turned into a .pdf and sent to an email account or department inbox for action. Between VA Education/Compensation and Pension/Veterans Service Centers and hospitals, this could save 15-20 million each year in paper and fax machine costs. If successful with the VA, other federal agencies could impliment the same.

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