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TSA Vacation ( buy a week or two )

If I need a week or two more for vacation,I would then buy a week or two ,and the money would be taken out of my paycheck for one year. Some people need that extra week. So how many TSA employee's are there. That would be a lot of money back to the government.

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Elimination of Postage/Shipping

Every year the government spends countless dollars submitting reports and documents with postage and shipping. By moving to electronic storage and collection of official documents like logs, reports, and records the government can reduce the costs of shipping and postage for filing and archiving items. Additionally by using electronic storage, the amount of space used is minimized reducing costs. Furthermore, cost is... more »

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A Really Efficient Efficiency Initiative!

Purpose: Identify ways to improve efficiency and economy of operations in the current Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Subscription Consolidation Efficiency Initiative Program.

Since its implementation in 2009, the efficiency goal of this program has not been realized. Costs have increased 2 and 3 times, straining the budgets of components to the breaking point. Many have had to drop “mission critical” services... more »

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Keep Noise Down , Saves Time, Money & Clutter

Working the Receptionist Desk or Window: We could creat a spreadsheet on the share drive, Everyday the supervisors would advise what officers are in for that day. The receptionst would record the name, file number, what they are here for and the time they came with the officers name who will interview them. Each Officer would look everyday to see if they had an interview, at the time the client is called the officer... more »

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Travel...cost saving ideas

Here are 4 cost saving ideas I've come up with. I've also provided some backup information.

1. Require the use the power management features, which come standard in Windows and Macintosh operating systems, place monitors and computers into a low-power “sleep mode” after a period of inactivity. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides guidance for activating power management features. A recent... more »

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Dog days of savings

There is an enormous amount of government funds being spent in the procurement of canines by the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Canine Training Centers in El Paso, TX, and Front Royal, VA. I am told, but have never seen an invoice, that the cost of purchasing these dogs from Europe is in the neighborhood of $7000.00 -10.000 each. There are approximately 1300+ (CBP) canines in the field.

Prior to the Office of... more »

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9 SUGGESTIONS TO IMPLEMENT TO SAVE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF $$$$$

SUGGESTIONS PRESENTED TO THE PRESIDENT’S SAVE AWARD PROGRAM.
ALFONSO DIAZDELCASTILLO – JULY 22, 2010.

1. RECHECK THE QUALIFICATIONS OF ALL TSA EMPLOYEES FROM GRADE LEVEL “J” AND ABOVE, INCLUDING ALL TSES AND WHEN FOUND DEFICIENT REPLACE THEM, AND COME UP WITH REAL STANDARDS IN EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
TSA should reevaluate through OPM the professional experience and qualifications of all the TSA employees from... more »

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CBPO David Vasquez

Permit fee. are $6.00 they need to be $30.00 for 120 days per person vehicle permit to travel past the check point $50.00 for 120 days mx vehicles stay in the us and dont pay insurance or license plates. This will help the POEs Thank you

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Save Energy While Protecting the Homeland...

Hello,
Here are my ideas as follows:

1. Replace all incandescent bulbs and replace by fluorescent bulbs.
2. Have Programmable Thermostats for the offices.
3. Have meters for tracking energy usage.
4. Have energy audits every 6 months.
5. Have a one hour down time of no lighting, preferrably in the afternoon to save energy.
6. All equipment should have a power save.
7. Last but not least, have a quartely... more »

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telecommuting

Telecommuting. Should more gov employees utilize, their already assigned laptops, that have existing secure internet on these laptops that would save lots of fuel and on congestion on already congested roads especially packed Northeastern and West Coast cities, ie LA, NY, Boston, PHiladelphia, and even Central cities ie Houston, Dallas, Chicago, Detroit where DHS as well as DOJ, DOD, etc have major big offices. Many criminal... more »

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K-9/CBPOfficer/First Responder Customized climbing device

To: 2011 Presidential Save Award
Subject: Save Award Idea
Submitted By: Ismael J. Cruz, CBP Officer, Brownsville, Texas
Date: July 29, 2011

INTRODUCTION:
While working as a CBP officer at various South Texas Ports of Entry and the Miami Seaport, I noticed that there was a glaring lapse in the cargo container inspection process. None of these locations had the proper climbing devices for officers and K-9 Units... more »

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Going Digital for the Benefit of American Citizens

Every year, USCIS field offices assist federal courts in oath ceremonies at which tens of thousands of lawful permanent residents become naturalized American citizens. The ceremonies often occur at federal court houses which can be a significant distance from the USCIS office assisting the court in said ceremony. Officers must be sent far afield for a day - or more - and much of the time used is wasted on officers... more »

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Savings and Efficiency Through Campus Fiber-Optic Connections

I would like to make a suggestion that may lead to significant long-term savings for Customs and Border Protection. There are a number of CBP offices and buildings that are located within a mile or two of each other. Each one of the offices usually pays thousands of dollars in monthly charges for telephone service, computer and data service.

I recommend installing dedicated fiber-optic connections between these... more »

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Information Overload Reduction

To begin, I will use a parallel idea to explain my thoughts. Take a stock pot (the TSA organization). Fill it with a combination of water, seasoned stock, and hearty vegetables (the multitude of daily information from reports, online and on site learning, briefings,SOP, etc.)Bring to the boil (information overload)and then simmer for several hours. (the struggles of trying to absorb and retain the information).Enjoy the... more »

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Kennel all K-9's

Border Potrol pays their K-9 officers $50,000 a year each handler to kennel their K-9s at home. If they use the kennels that they have at the station they do not have to pay that money. If the handler kennels then it also saves by them not using a take home vehicle saving gas and ware and tare on that vehicle.Border patrole has aproximatly 700 K-9 teams in the field. If they kenneld their K-9s it could save $35,000,000.... more »

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