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Congress Needs To Cut Spending

Here are my suggestion(s) to help the government stop wasting the taxpayer's money:
1) They should not be allowed to deduct their personal living expenses while in Washington. Ever hear of a tax home? The ordinary citizen cannot deduct their personal living expenses where they work.
2) Stop going on all these trips abroad. Does it really take an entire committee to go view a disaster area?
3) Stop using taxpayer... more »

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for the summer use the 4/10 hour schedule on everybody. While closed leave the temperature at 78% with no overtime. In the fall evaluate the top heavy position for saving's

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2011 SAVE Award

Dear Vice President Joe Biden:


Our shorted Budget is the problem. The only things to solve it are work on the Income Tax and Capital gain. This is the source of money that the U.S Federal need.

We also need to cut the bills charge on each patient for health care program. The investors; the doctors; the lawyer; the dentists and pharmacists who make a lot of money but do not want to pay high income tax so the Federal... more »

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Convert to a 9/80 work week.

JPL has experienced tremendous success with utilizing a 9/80 work week: one week four ten hour days, the next week four ten hour days plus one Friday that is 8 hrs. Hence, every other Friday is a "Regular Day Off" or RDO. While not conserving on "labor" pay, it certainly would conserve a lot of dollars on facilities not having to run for one day every other week.

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Travel Expenses

When 4 or more employees travel to the same destination, the cost of hotel stay can be vastly reduce if two employees can share a room. I am not speaking of MD or the Executives, but the hourly paid FTE’s. Recently 10 FTE paid and average of $355 for a three day stay at a hotel, total ($3,550). Two to a room would be a saving of ½ that amount. This could save the government million over a short period of time.
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Raise the thermostat to 76° during summer months

Every summer, the temperature of our building is kept around 68°F, despite typical D.C. outside temperatures in the 90s. This is a monumental waste of energy, a drain on the Federal budget, a strain on the power grid, and a discomfort to some workers. Many employees keep space heaters on during the summer! If a summer thermostat setting of 76° was strictly enforced throughout the entire Federal Government, savings... more »

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Constitutional Conservatism

Most of the ideas submitted (like using energy efficient light bulbs, low-volume flushing toilets, etc.)will save only an insignificantly small amount of tax dollars. The real answer to the problem is to undergo major spending cuts and downsizing. Our founders designed a very limited government with specific, enumerated powers. There are so many existing agencies, bureaus, and departments that should be totally unfunded... more »

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Chief Accountant

In order to cut costs in printing, publication, paper, office space the USG needs to develop a readily accessible powerful search engine which can easily and precisely retrieve needed federal information/resource from all federal sources. This will avoid printing,publishing and filing a bunch of documents which eat paper, ink, copier, printer and office space.

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Incentivize Orginzational Savings

For funds not desiginated as no year funds, there is no incentive or hold back these funds. Usually they are spend with abandon in the last 60 days to stock up on items or replace items not worn out. If an agency expends less than 97.5% of authorized funds and mets targeted goals, 1/4 of the savings are designated as no year funds and credited back to the agency. If operationals goals are not met, the reduction below... more »

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Interpreter Cost

Each month the government pays an outside vendor to supply an over-the-phone interpreter to facilitate conversations between the public and a government assistor;this is a very costly service. While not all languages have high usage, the Spanish line is by far the greatest cost. Savings could be captured by utilizing internal support for Spanish service.

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law enforcement pay & retirement

One of the biggest budget busters in the federal (and state) government is the enhanced pay and benefits and early retirement for law enforcement. Who on earth (besides the government) would have employees retiring at age 50, and paying out reirement benefits for another 35 years or so on each retiree? Especially since most federal L/E jobs are not police jobs where they have to chase gang-bangers down the alley. They... more »

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IG service

Why does every federal agency have its own Inspector General service? It seems like there is a huge overlap of functions and unneccesary layers of management that could be eliminated by having one federal IG agency (sort of like the FBI). The agents could specialize in different areas (contractor fraud, computer hacking, etc.) but one agency would allow more streamlined, cost-effective service, more independence from... more »

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Ways to save

I think the retirement requirement should be 30 years of service. No more than that. There are employees who are no longer contributing, but hanging on. Make room for the employees who still want to make a difference.

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We get a lot of shipping in and out. All we ever use is fed ex or ups. Why don't we use usps? I'm sure that they would give us a government discount to boot!!

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3.5 million out of work.

(My Opinion)middle class we dont want a hnd out just 1 up.put us back 2 wrk restore dignity with people we will pay r own benifits. Obama has a gd plan if rep wld give,em the ball. this country is in a hard sit hrd sit require hard choices like us mdl class you give them a 30day suspintion whtout $ they will be motivated and like us be gr8full just to have a job. There,s alot more but I doght this will even be read.

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