Showing 23 ideas for tag "cost efficiency"

Department of Veterans Affairs

TRAVEL PAY EFFICIENCY

I would like to stream line the process of veteran's receiving their travel pay.
1. The Veteran's ID cards would be used as a credit card for the veteran. The travel office would work with my healthy Vet to set up these credit accounts for the veterans.
2. Upon check out from their appointment the clerks would swipe the veteran's ID card. This would notify the travel clerk that the veteran had been to an appointment.... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Creating a VA Regional office training dept

I would suggest the Dept of VA, stop conducting centralized challenge training across the U.S. I would instead suggest each RO having a training dept to give out all new, and updated training. This department would be established with certified VSRs and RVSRS. I would suggest these individuals certified and have certain educational backgrounds. This way the cost associated with travel costs, per diem, hotel costs,... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Centralize animal facilities

Animal research is an essential, but expensive component of biomedical research. Animal facilities can easily cost $30,000 per month per lab.
Many research labs both on the NIH campuses and in universities nation-wide use animals for specific tissues. One lab may use mice for brain research, while another uses mice for cancer research. Furthermore, many labs have to breed mutant mouse colonies using mixed breeds, which... more »

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Department of Commerce

Email Only! Handouts of Presentations

Every day government employees create engaging power point presentations, The common practice now is to print out enough handouts for all attendees. This is often binders full of reports, etc. I propose that the new "norm" consist of paper free presentations. If attendees would like to request the presentation, they can do so via email. Then the presentation can be emailed to them as a pdf that they can read on... more »

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Department of Defense

Enterprise-wide requirements management for Acqusition

In the DOD there is not an effective requirements management process for the acquisition programs. E.g. the requirements for the current electronic health record “AHLTA” came from an evolving set of capabilities and has spanned decades in development. Over the course of time, requirements changed or became flawed with no traceability of requirements from capability needs through design, test and implementation. Some the... more »

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United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

On-line submission of contractor and recipient plans and reports

Objectives of Program Management and Reporting System (PMRS)
• Reduce the cost of submitting, analyzing, and disseminating information on foreign assistance programs
• Improve the quality of information.

Main Features
• Web-based MIS
• Standard reporting formats
• On-line submission of work plans, performance management plans, and progress reports by USAID contractors and recipients
• Accessible to authorized users... more »

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Judicial Branch

Penalize Immigration Lawyers for Frivolous Lawsuits

The government is currently wasting millions processing frivolous immigration lawsuits being initiated by shady lawyers taking advantage of their clients. This is particularly true for those seeking asylum. Start reporting these guys to the state bar, strip them of their license, and charge them court costs after a pattern of frivolous lawsuits. Too many are just able to continue practicing with no penalty. Establish... more »

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Department of Energy

Badges

When Federal employees transfer to other agencies within the Federal government, why can't their HSPD12 badge be updated to reflect their new agency the day they report to their new job by the security office in their new agency instead of having to send Federal employees to get another set of fingerprints/pictures and other badge/security related information---can't agencies share this type of information and make the... more »

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Legislative Branch

Make English the National or Official Language of the US

Too much money is being wasted on dual/multiple language answering machines, printing, etc. Some commercial establishments are going to the point of having 10-13 languages on printed things. The government cannot afford the cost or lack of efficiency. It is time to make English the national language and the ability to speak and understand English at at least an 8th grade level should be a citizenship requirement.... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

OPERATION FAX STREAMLINE

Over the past few months, we have been working on becoming more efficient with incoming faxes throughout CBP & Border Patrol. We receive at our port of entry on a daily basis on average 50-100 vehicle export faxes per day, sometimes one fax can include up to 20 pages. Our main focus was on vehicle exports and trying to figure out how to get reduce the receiving so much paper, wasting ink, and phone lines for something... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Electronic Libraries

Go the E-book way.

Than having the same hard bound reference book in every office, go electronic. Subscribe/pay for the group access and distribute the log-in info to all employees. The 'Physicians Desk Reference' and the Dictionaries comes to mind! How about Kindling it?

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Department of Homeland Security

Work schedule postings, 'out of office' tool use

Federal employees and contractors should list their work schedules (scheduled work days/ scheduled work hours) with their title/address/contact info in emails.The "out of office" tool should be required for prolonged periods out of the office for meetings and for AWS days. These two requirements would improve the quality of output, reduce administrative backlogs, and improve efficiency and speed of government. The cost... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Faxmail

Prior to working for the federal government, I spent approximately five (5) years employed in the private sector. A growing practice was the implementation of faxmail. The idea is simple: an individual is assigned a phone number, and when he/she receives a fax, it goes directly into his/her email inbox.

With the goal of creating a paperless work environment, the receipt of an electronic fax will create an instant savings... more »

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