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35 Hour Work Week

The country has an unbelievable budget deficit which will take years to fix. I would recommend that Federal government employees be put on a 35-hour per week schedule rather than a 40-hour week. The savings to the government would approximate $500 million/year. When the deficit is under control, return to the 40-hour work week.

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Excessive Trash Collection

It seems like trash is collected once or twice a day from each office or office space. In some cases, even if there are only one or two pieces of trash in a bin, the trash bin is emptied and the bag is changed. To save the amount of money spent on trash bags, there should be one trash bin per office or space and that trash bin should only be changed if there is a significant amount of trash in it. This would also save... more »

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Consolidate administrative functions

Technology removes the imperative to have each Department and with its own human relations, contract, procurement, IT function. This is exacerbated when the Department has the function and then member agencies also have their own full-blown function. Implementation of policy thus becomes chaotic and imprecise. OPM needs to manage all federal personnel and get reports on the federal space themselves. GSA needs to... more »

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Elimination of Use of Travel Agency

Over the last several months, a "new" program was launched making it mandatory to use a travel program to create travel authorizations, including travel for hotels, etc. Over the last several months it has become apparent that this system is not user friendly nor cost efficient. At one point in time, travel agencies were necessary; but in the computer world, it is easier to find a competitive rate for air travel and/or... more »

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Review the outdated & superseding laws/rules/MDs.

One way to save is to know why there is the need to spend. Outdated and superseding original rules/laws/directives could be the key value to cost-savings. When a rule/law/directive was initially implemented, the goal of focus was not with saving money; it was to stay in budget guidelines. I propose a review of the original rules/laws/directives where the high end of the budget was awarded and amendments to said monetary... more »

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Incentivize Participation in Save Awards Program

Incentivizing participation in the Save Awards Program will increase the number of submitted ideas and save a larger amount of money. Increase information about the program through e-mails to all Federal and civilian employees and contractors. Send electronic "thank you" acknowledgement for participation to all contributors thru appropriate channels. Increase nominal monetary incentives to proven ideas that save money.... more »

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Eliminate (or reduce) Official Representation Funds (ORF)

As a steward of the taxpayer's dollar, I believe we need to cut ORF spending. Each wing commander and higher is provided an allotted amount of funds to entertain diginaries (AFI65-603) & (AR37-47). Most Air Force bases receive $5K per year and I believe the Army receives more. These funds need to be reduced or eliminated, this could save the US Government an approximate $5M per year. Although that may be a low dollar... more »

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Sell Old NGA Building in Bethesda MD

OMB needs to look at the old NGA building in Bethesda with an eye to sell it to the public. The building is useless for government operations as it is in a costly area, inaccessible to public transportation, costly to maintain, and outdated infrastructure. The site is prime real estate for commercial or private use and should bring a decent profit for the government.

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Presidential Save Program

To save money on healthcare for insured, uninsured or illegal americans a national 1-800 number should be established (Bi-Lingual) to clarify medical questions using non-personal info. This would also help low income people by having a "point of contact" not to be used as "911" upon calling the hot line a disclaimer states clearly that any medical emergency should call 911. The "clarification line" is used as information... more »

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Cash Flow and Budget

Stop the historical waste of monies not spent during the budget year. Stop protecting our image of not being able to budget properly and allow moneies to be returned rather than spent or wasted. We are often required to budget large sums of money for a specific lease or contract that for many reasons, does not get completed. Rather than return that money, we are required to spend it. This happeded last year and we... more »

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Federal Employee Entitlement?

It seems that most federal employees who planning to retire think it is okay to "liquidate" - i.e., get paid for - unused sick leave. Sick leave is NOT an entitlement and is provided so when one is sick one will be paid. As it stands now, this "benefit" - not entitlement - is much more generous than in the public sector, allowing federal employees to be paid even for taking care of a sick spouse, child. etc. I cannot... more »

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limit salaries of contractor executives.

With the contracting and procurment policy function in OMB, I'll place this here.

Limit the salaries of executives on cost plus contracts to that of say either a Congressman, or a Deputy Sectretary which ever is lower. That's for the TOP guy. For each step down in the contractor organization, the top salary is the next lower level of the Executive Schedule.

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Federal overage/excess materials

Most federal agency have excess materials or turned in equipment that such as clothing, shoes and furniture. How about sending them to areas in need, from disasters. And this would clear up some spaces. Maybe a contract with Goodwill, or Thieft then to just have stuff siting around for years in some wearhouse. This would help out the area and get a small amount of money that could be put back into the system.

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