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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Awards

Our agency gives awards on an annual basis, but we are not told why we received the award nor why our co-workers received the award. If the reasons behind the award were transparent, then employees could see what type of work product leads to an award and it might lead to motivation to work towards an award in the future. Too often, with no transparency employees are often discouraged rather than encouraged to perform... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

END OF YEAR SPENDING - ROLL OVER BUDGET

Similar to rollover budget and end of year spending.

Every year with about 2-3 months left in the fiscal year, not just my Field Office, but I'm sure every agency within the U.S. Government spends the rest of their budget, out of fear of not getting the same amount or more money the following year, and I'm sure as a way to justify asking for more funding. Field Offices should be able to spend what they need to complete... more »

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Department of Labor

Stop giving out plaques, busts, trophies for annual awards

Every year for the annual achievement awards, the Department of Labor gives out plaques to every person who gets an award. Over the last 15 years, I have accumulated a stack of about 20 wood, felt, and metal plaques that cannot be recycled or re-used. For these kinds of annual recognition awards, I wouldn't mind a simple paper or electronic certificate (especially since the Department has now starting attaching a monetary... more »

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Department of Justice

Expand and Market Rewards for Report Waste

Step 1. Fund and Market Program Allowing Inspector Generals to Reward Employees Reporting Waste
5 United States Code 4512 permits inspector generals to give awards of up to 1% of the amount saved to employees reporting waste, fraud, or abuse. Many if not most IG do not reward employees who report waste and do not market the program. Employees who are have ideas to save money do not know about the program.

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Department of Defense

All training in one place

Create & Maintain all training (mandatory & cbt) online in one central location rather than using multiple training programs that dont reflect data properly. An email reminder should be sent annually to the employee to notify them when the courses will expire soon & again when it is time to take the training. The program should upload completed training nightly to the command training database and send a report to the... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Superior Performance Award-eliminate copy of rating to process

Justification in VA Handbook 5017 Part I Appendix A requires a "complete copy of the employee's performance appraisal or proficiency report...including if submitted, a copy of the employee's self-assessment" to process an Superior Performance Award. Suggest with the new electronic Official Personnel File (eOPF) being implemented and the Performance Appraisal/Proficiency now being scanned into the employee record that... more »

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Legislative Branch

Awards

Issue U.S. Government Savings Bonds instead of cash for awards. If recipients want to cash in the bond they can (with the penalty). Otherwise, award recipients can cash in the bonds when mature. This would save money and promote saving with employees.

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Legislative Branch

Federal Foundations

Why do we need separate federal foundations? We have the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation, the Christopher Columbus Foundation, Barry M. Goldwater Foundation, James Madison Foundation, and the Harry S. Truman Foundation. Can't these grant programs be incorporated into existing federal grant agencies? For example, the Christopher Columbus Fdn seems a good fit for the NSF.

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Department of Defense

Mission first volunteer when you want to.

USAF specifically puts too much emphasis on community service and volunteering. These same people fall into the trap and/or play the game end up getting promoted yet no knowing about their primary duties. Eliminate ‘mandatory’ volunteer/community service and focus on utilizing your best assists, people. The more people you have perfecting their jobs the lees you’ll need to carry out the mission. The military itself... more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Life Scientist

Every year thousands of medals, plaques and trophies are given out to federal employees in recognition of noteworthy efforts. While this is nice it is not necessary and creates a lot of waste and cost pecious federal dollars that could be spent elsewhere. Consider a program of "virtual" awards, perhaps a page for each Agency/Division with pictures of the awardees (from award ceremonies), and a written description of... more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Hold ORD Awards Ceremony in RTP, NC Only

The EPA/ORD awards ceremony is held in a different ORD location each year (e.g. RTP, NC; Athens, GA; Washington, DC, etc.). Most of the ORD employees are stationed in RTP, North Carolina. The awards ceremony is not well-attended when held at locations other then RTP and it costs government a lot of money to send ORD employees to locations other than RTP. Holding the awards ceremony in RTP would reduce travel burden and... more »

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