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DAVIS-BACON ACT

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This regulation needs to be addressed further because I believe that we spend way too much money making sure that contractors are getting a fair wage. For one, the way the rules are written nobody can understand them. I am an E-6 in the Coast Guard and when i need contracting help I have to make sure that I adhere to the Davis-Bacon Act. Why can't we simplify the writing and also why don't we look at what the pay scale... more »

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Temp v permanent employees

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Our department has several term employees who have received extensive training in the complicated rules of our program. At the four-year mark, these employees are simply dropped from the program, regardless of their proficiency and ability to perform the job. At the same time, new hires are needed to take up slack. This involves training a new employee ab initio, after a knowledgeable employee was let go. This seems... more »

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Refunds for transportation vouchers

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The Government should transit vouchers that were distributed to the employee, but not used. Due to unforeseen circumstances some employees may not use all of their transit subsidies in any give quarter. If the vouchers are paid for based on distribution, the Government should negotiate the terms and only pay for usage. In other words, vouchers should be reconciled for payment. If the vouchers For example, expired vouchers... more »

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Eliminate Obsolete Travel Contractor

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Carlson Wagonlit/Sato Travel is a government contractor to forty-eight (48) federal agencies and every branch of the military. Last year, they did $2.3 billion in travel sales to federal agencies.
Transactions for travel, especially airfare, with Carlson Wagonlit, can cost two to three times what the individual can book online. Worse, the company's website is tedious and frustrating to use. And, if there is an error,... more »

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Reduction of the Workweek 7 hour days

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The Federal Government should reduce work schedules to 7 hours a day instead of 8. This would equal 10 hours less per pay period. Multiply that by approximately 2.15 million employees = $$$$$$ in savings. This measure will result in huge savings in payroll costs while avoiding layoffs.

The reduction in salary may not be significant to create a burden on the employee (better fewer hours than no job at all). In addition,... more »

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POV use

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Have travelers use their own POV for travel. The government would not have to purchase GOV vehicles and the savings would be tremendous by just paying mileage and not having to purchase GOV's, insure them, provide maintenance to the GOV, etc.

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Cost reimbursement contracting

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The Government should review how Job Corps contracts are awarded. If the Government reimbused the contractor for their services vs fixed fee contracts, it could have a large impact on the Governments budget.

Federal Employees (COTRs) allow the contractor's under their preview to falsely bill the Government for services, and or utilize Government funds for personal use by approving inflated vouchers or unexplained... more »

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Eliminate separate Unions and make the DOL represent all Feds

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The suggestion is to change the mandate of the Department of Labor to represent all Federal employees equally like a Union and eliminate the need for separate Federal Unions completely. If everyone is represented the same way in all Federal agencies by the DOL, no one will need a special Unions to get them special priviledges above what others may get, and each person will have an equal employment opportunity like everyone... more »

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PIV

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The process is time consuming and at this point the badges are not needed by 95% of those getting them. Instead of putting a expiration date on the badge leave them open and it will not need to be redone every two years. This would save not only in the individual cost of the badge but the travel cost and lost work time to get the badge.

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INCREASE JOBS. KEEP business home!

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Increase jobs!! Bring back our business

My father and I were talking one day and the topic of unemployment came up. 9.2% of our country is unemployed. This country is I need of help and our brother and sisters are all in feeling the pain. My father and I figured out a way. Most of our main business is overseas. Most of which could be used for those that are unemployed. But the reason they moved out of the country is... more »

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Utilize Fax to Scan technology for OWCP documentation

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Currently, we have to mail documentation to OWCP's central mailroom to process documents. The mailroom then turns around and scans the documents for OWCP. There is technology that allows you to scan a document which is then converted into a scanned document on the other end. Better yet, allow us to scan and upload the documentation directly to a case.

Because the documents are often "lost" we prefer to use certified... more »

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OWCP Vocational Rehab

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Recently, I saw where the vocational rehab counselor said an employee who was unable to completely grasp was unable to even be a janitor because the individual would not be able to use both hands to hold a mop. I'm sorry, but I believe they could easily manipulate the mop or even work at McDonald's.

While employee's do deserve to get their wages, they must also be willing to be a contributor to society in order to receive... more »

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Allow electronic submission of OWCP Direct Deposit Form

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Currently agencies can submit the CA-7 Claim for Compensation form into OWCP. However, the direct deposit form still has to be submitted via mail. All this does is cost postage and wastes time. Agencies should be allowed to submit the information electronically in order to expedite the process and eliminate additional documentation.

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