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Department of Agriculture

Volunteerism

All time spent by employees performing work-related activities that employers suffer or permit is work time, whether on premises or not and whether required or not -- according to the ruling of Permit to Suffer. This ruling should be relaxed so that an employee has the freedom to volunteer services to benefit the government and taxpayers in a variety of ways including driving without reimbursement.

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Department of Agriculture

Reduce Irrelevant Training! and get back to work.

We waste thousands of hours and dollars on training that is not relevant to the employee and not relevant to the program. Some of these classes are repeated over and over again, every year. Some examples of this are the Civil Rights and Internet Security classes. Having all employees take these classes every year is excessive and a waste of time. Other examples include ICS 100, ICS 700, ICS 800, HAZWOPER, and NARA... more »

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Department of Commerce

Save on U.S Govt Vehicle Fuel Costs

The U.S. Govt has thousands of vehicles in use across the country. One cost-related item about using these vehicles is that the GSA credit cards do not work at lower cost fueling locations like Costco and a number of grocery retailers. It is not unusual to see fuel prices at these retailers 10 cents or more less per gallon than current GSA credit card retailers like major oil company outlets. This issue has bothered... more »

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Department of the Interior

Feral Hog problem in southern states

The feral hog populations in several southern states (Texas to Georgia) are not only destroying private farm land, create hazards for roadways, they are destroying pristine federal wildlife management areas. Often the US Fish and Wildlife will pay to have helicopter crews try to flush these feral hogs out of areas and then they will be euthanized. It seems that the government shouldn't have to pay anything to have these... more »

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Department of Agriculture

Reduce military spending

The most obvious large expenditure full of waste is the military. Any serious effort at reducing the federal budget deficit and finding ways to save money has to start with the military.
If we quit fighting wars and closed military bases in other countries, we would save billions of dollars a year.
Most of the other ideas about saving money are just nickles and dimes compared to military spending. If we're serious about... 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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Department of the Interior

Encourage People to Work

Workers are productive and they're contributing to social security rather than drawing from social security and other entitlement programs. Folks wanting to work should be encouraged.

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Department of Justice

Here is an idea

How about we put the government backin the hands of the people. Go back to constitutional values where the federal government had a very specific very FEW powers and areas or responsibility. Lets eliminate the departments that are doing nothing but waisting money, the IRS, EPA, Department of labor, department of education, department of energy, etc. Lets consolidate the agencies that do the same thing, BOP, USMS, ATF,... more »

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Department of Defense

FEDERALLY MANDATED (4 DAY ONLY!!) WORK WEEK POLICY

Going to a 40 hour work week with four ten hours days a 10/4 schedule would allow the same amount of work to get done to save money in all kinds of ways... in energy, gas (globally), highway congestion(in CONUS), lights, heating or cooling, janitorial services, security, possibly other arease as well. We just held a recent IG audit and the auditor asked if you had 1 single thing that could improve our organization what... more »

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Legislative Branch

Cut percentage of US contributions to the UN

Today's News: The UN has $12.2 BILLION of unspent cash! While the US is facing economic hardship, the UN is not spending billions, much of which came from the US. The UN is wasteful and defunct...North Korea Chairmanship on Disarmament...UN Peacekeepers getting paid 100x normal salaries? The US should say, "from now on, we will match dollar for dollar, the largest contributor to the UN." Let's do the same with NATO... more »

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Department of Justice

Converting Unused Sick Leave to Annual Leave

Federal employees should have the ability to convert unused sick leave accrual to annual leave. Employees should be mandated to carry a minimum balance of unused sick leave before they would be able to convert furture hours into annual leave. For instance: an employee must have 240 hours of accrued sick leave in order to convert future hours. Conversion could be a two hour or three hour of sick leave for one hour... more »

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Department of Defense

Wasteful airtravel

Air Force and Navy General Officer and Wing commanders waste on average 30~50K a month just to maintain their flight currency so they can continue to receive flight pay even though they will never fly a combat sorite again due to their rank and position. They add additional flight hours to combat jets, cause 2 jets to be taken out of the training cycle (need a backup jet in case the primary is borken) and burn unneeded... more »

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