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Department of Justice

Federal Employee Video Testimony

Routinely the DOJ and US Attorneys Office will subpoena Federal employees to testify in cases outside of the employee's geographical work area.

These cases can often be cross country in nature as currently my office on the West Coast is working to find funding to send an employee to the East Coast for under one hour of general background testimony.

A cross country flight and hotel for less than one hour of general testimony.... more »

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Legislative Branch

Make an assessment of worker to management ratio

As an example; an office of 24, management consists of 1 Associate Commissioner, 1 Deputy Associate Commissioner, 1 GS-15 Director, 1 Executive Officer, 3 GS-14 Division Directors, 1 GS-14 Senior Advisor, 1 GS-13 Supervisor; 9 managers to manage 15 people? This is not a joke, the staff could be more efficiently managed to ensure individuals have ample responsibility for the positions they hold. Perhaps I am the only one... more »

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Eliminate unnecessary international and domestic travel

Conducting international negotiations overseas (as an example) is unnecessary considering the available technology. Offices are equiped with advanced communications that permit conferences electronically. Why is it then necessary to have to send a group overseas to conduct negotiations which are generally informal/friendly in nature and that can be conducted via teleconference? The government would save several million... more »

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Legislative Branch

eliminate unnecessary software and other equipment

I have observed that numerous offices continually pay for software that is not used. There are other internal software that is available that also overlaps in function. Assessments ought to be made on all software and equipment. As an example, we have 10 unused PC's in empty cubicles. Each time our component gets new computers, those unused PC's get upgraded and so does the software. Seems like a tremendous waste of resources.... more »

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Legislative Branch

Exercise equipment should be modified to provide electricity

We have a large gym at our agency and for several hours per day, about 40 or more pieces of cardiovascular equipment are being used. If it is cost efficient, the equipment upon replacement ought to be replaced with equipment that provides energy for the buildings that we are in. This is already in use in some private sector offices.

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Social Security Administration

Instead of hiring costly contractors, hire competent staff

We spend millions in contractors because our current staff is not knowledgeable or does not have the expertise to handle the work. Instead of paying an agency 2-3 times what a typical employee would cost, it would be significantly more efficient to hire people that can do the type of work. Unfortunately staff gets continually promoted that cannot do work at a higher level. Do secretaries in the private sector get promoted... more »

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Department of State

Combine Federal Agency Work

There are numerous examples of work overlap. As an example why does the IRS and SSA conduct international negotiations when DOS is in charge of embassies and has the staffing to handle the work? By having one agency handle this type of work (for example) would bring the agencies closer together and would save a tremendous amout of operational work.

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Social Security Administration

Eliminate unnecessary policy/regulations and intranet sites

Our agency would clearly benefit tremendously if policy components would focus on reviewing existing policy and eliminate unnecessary/outdated policy procedures and instructions. This should be a mandate, reports should be submitted on progress.

Necessary policy could also be consolidated to be clearer and simpler for us to execute in operations. Generally the objective of policy components is to "update" or expand on... more »

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Social Security Administration

Ask callers if we can send documents/brochures electronically

When we receive calls via the toll free number or at an SSA office, we send out a paper letter, reminding them of their appointment time if they made an appointment. In other instances, we send out big paper booklets providing information with close out letters. Why not ask the caller to provide an email address as an alternative, and they can receive the information via email instead? We can save on mailing costs and... more »

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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Disciplinary Actions Against Managers

Revise the No Fear Act

Managers are not being punished for their illegal actions. The No Fear Act needs revision. EEOC must have authority to impose discipline.

In September, 2010, EEOC Judge Macauley issued a decision in which he found that HUD retaliated against (Redacted) for a lawsuit based on disability discrimination. The Judge found that HUD had denied a promotion for (Redacted) that had been granted to every... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

USCIS Paperwork & Cost Reduction re State Dept's PIMS database

Have USCIS send all approved I-129 petitions to DOS Kentucky Consular Center for scanning and allow the KCC to forward these documents to the National Records Center for storage.

DOS developed its Petition Information Management Service (PIMS) to provide consular officers overseas electronic copies of documents; by eliminating the global shipping of hard copies of often voluminous files, PIMS spares the costs, time,... more »

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Social Security Administration

Stop all the electric escalators and encourage exercise

The government is spending a lot of money in trying to get us employees to exercise and lose weight. Yet the government spends extra funds to keep us from using the stairs by installing electronic escalators. Climbing just two flights of stairs everyday could result a loss of 2.7kg or 6lbs per year. Six flights a day could help you trim nearly 18 lbs. We could be saving energy, maintenance costs all while keeping a healthier... more »

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Social Security Administration

If contractors are needed hire them to train employees

The Department of the Air Force (as a good example) hires temporary contractors to work alongside FTE's. When the FTE's become proficient in the area of responsibility, the contract ends. This provides greater responsibility and opportunities for the FTE. The need for year to year contracting because of the lack of existing experience eventially gets significanlty reduced or eliminated.

Additionally, the FTE learns a... more »

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Legislative Branch

Reward the top 10 best ideas for each agency/military facility

Last year, there was an award for the top idea, why not the top 20 or 50? Or why not reward the top 10 people of each agency/military facility? A certificate is sufficient to give the message to employees that their observations and saving measure suggestions are welcomed. At the very least, there ought to be a list of the top 20 ideas per agency/military facility that was integrated. If an idea is applicable to all federal... more »

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