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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

REWARD SAVING - NOT SPENDING - ACROSS THE BOARD

The gov't system is backward and geared toward wasted spending. If you don't spend all your money in one FY, you get cut the next - so you have all kinds of wasted buying and travelling just to use the money because it's there. Why? Because next year you may be cut and the costs could be higher so you might need it. You are rewarded for wasting. Change the system to REWARD SAVING. Telecommuting saves money and time... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services - IMB

Got Power?

Waste incineration can be done at the massive federal complexes like already done at hospitals.

Also being done in Virginia. Set up furnaces to incinerate the office waste including print and then use steam turbines to generate electricity. Incinerate papers un-shredded (!) as well as those daily litter generated at our workplaces, cafeterias and yard care.

For now they end up in landfills someplace far away, ‘shredded’... more »

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Legislative Branch

Balance the Budget.

If the Presdient pledged to veto every unbalanced budget, and followed through with this threat for two terms...
or Congress could simply pass a balanced budget bill, maybe for only ten years just to see how it works. However, it is not in any individual legislator's interest to balance the budget. This is the classic "tragedy of the commons" secnario where we all see that conservation is necessary, but each person... more »

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Department of Education

Foreign Students

American education is by itself a big incentive for foreign students. They may not mind, if they could afford, to be paying their way through schooling in the USA.

 

Otherwise create loans for them like all Americans kids already need to get, so as to encourage and retain brilliant students from other countries.

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Department of Commerce

$187,000,000 Per Year Saved! OPERATION FREEZE THE INK!

OPERATION FREEZE THE INK! 700 pounds and 10,000 pages is what the average worker will print in one year. A 25-30% reduction of printing by 50-60% of federal workers (1,500,000 FTE) would save $187 million in a year! It's not technology that holds us back, it's the will to use it. Implementing a printing cap would make government workers get creative in how a document is electronically delivered.

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Legislative Branch

S&L Officials went to prison why not Wall Street / bankers

According to a financial news publication when the savings and loan fiasco happened before banking regulations were relaxed, hundreds of bankers and S&L officials were prosecuted with several going to jail. Today it appears that this economic crisis is far worse than the S&L crisis and appears no one is being investigated much less indicted.
In the Book-TV presentation of the authors discussion of "Reckless Endangerment",... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Criminalize sale of food stamps

There are various examples of individuals taking the food stamps and selling them at 1/2 the value (or less), in order for them to use the cash for other uses. There should also be an audit system to ensure people are spending this given resource properly. Currently there is no way to audit spending. I have been asked several times in Baltimore city grocery stores by people to buy food stamps, or they offer to pay for... more »

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Department of the Interior

Make Save Award Pay for Itself

If 2,000,000 of the total number Federal Employees each spend two hours on the Save Award, then the total cost of the Save Award can be estimated based on an hourly rate. Estimating at a rate of $30 per hour, the total cost is $120,000,000. The Save Award must then save more than $120,000,000 in order to break even. By this estimate, savings greater than $120,000,000 must be generated in order for the Save Award to... more »

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Financial Reform

Social Security Benefits for incomes over 250k

Dependents and those under social security recieve social security benefits, even with household incomes over 250k. If social security for those over 250k was reduced further or eliminated it would save a lot of money. Supplying money to those who are able to save for retirement is not exactly the intent behind Social Security.

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Department of Defense

Broken Budget Process in DOD

Currently within DOD money is passed down the chain based on what we call projected budget numbers, these numbers are prior year spending averaged over the last 3 years plus change in mission requests. 1. Squadron, groups and bases are shorted the next year if they fail to spend what they are given in current FY. 2. The changing missions and the multitude of different events/ trainings, exercises, competency training,... more »

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Legislative Branch

Create Agile Teams at Division/Branch Level

A key component to the success of an Agile Team is positional authority, and full mandatory cooperation with Agile Team members. Agile Team requests, emails, phone calls, meetings, etc. are given top priority by direction of the appropriate Senior Leadership. Agile Team members are basically acting proxies for the Senior Leadership of the scope/area of concern. Agile Team members may have a primary job/responsibility... more »

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Legislative Branch

IRS Form and Presidential Campaign -New Change

As a subsititute to giving $3 to the Presidential Campaign on the infamous IRS forms, maybe we can give $1 to the Reduction of the Debt Ceiling and $2 to the Presidential Campaign. Second, idea would to make contribution of $50 or more to the Reduction of the Debt Ceiling as a tax deduction. Maybe, I'm being too naive, patriotic, or optimistic but a penny in a pile, makes a dollar after while.

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