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Social Security Administration

Anonymous Interviews for all jobs- SAVE EEOC COMPLAINTS!

Too often high-ranking officials choose those most like them for promotions and unfortunately discriminate against more qualified minorities.

Perhaps it is time for others outside the region to choose who to promote through anonymous interviews, thus race and ethnicity are not a part of the hiring decision. Such methods are used when submitting dissertations for doctorate degrees. The dissertation is not judged by "who"... more »

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Social Security Administration

Implement smarter workstation replacement policies

It is a given that CPUs need to be replaced every so often to accommodate software upgrades and improve processing speeds. (Perhaps it is true that some agencies, such as SSA, replace them too frequently, but that is the subject of other SAVE Award ideas so I will not get into that here.) However, computer monitors have longer life cycles and so whenever agencies do a workstation replacement they should not simply replace... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Use Both Sides of the Paper...Double Your Inventory!

Although we are trying to automate the Federal Government, there are still many times we have to use paper.

When employees print, use duplex printing!

When employees take notes, write on both sides!

If the Agency distributes monthly Posters to hang up in the building, print 2 months at a time. Flip the poster over after the first month.

When an employee gives a presentation, use the "white space" on each side of... more »

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Legislative Branch

Benefits via SSA

Reality is that the system for Social Security benefits is broken and abused. There needs to be an overhaul to restore the program to what the public perceives it as, or some similar resemblance.
First and foremost is the SSI program, the more abused and costly since these recipients have never contributed. Children get benefits too easily as with a large rate of termination from age 18 evaluations. There needs to... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

VBA- Duty To Assist Paper Notifications

The VA-VBA sends notification letters EVERY TIME a claim is received from a Veteran; if the Veteran forgets to add an issues and turns around and sends that issue - VBA sends a letter. Often these letters are 5-10 pages. This notification action is required by Congress. I think a savings (dollars) in Mailings, envelops and letter paper and VSR preparation (LABOR) could be reduced if the VBA sent ONE LETTER in a 12-month... more »

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Department of Housing and Urban Development

Construction Ducuments Digital Vault, Division or Bureau

PROBLEM: typical Construction Documents Sets (like drawings, specifications, contracs, bid packages, etc.) are very large and heavy weight in nature, consuming a lot resources and money from the agencies & customers.

SOLUTION: to establish a centralized Digital Vault, so all sets can be submitted, saved & shared in a digital manner, reducing cost of production, cost on filling, shorting access time to all their users,... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Government of the People, By the People, For the People

These words were spoken by Abraham Lincoln in the Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863. Here we are in the United States 147 years, 260 days later.

We are watching Congress. At this second, we are $14,546,716,998,177 in debt. It took me 6 seconds to type that number, and the debt raised $262,554(Over 260 THOUSAND DOLLARS!!!) while I was typing.

We have to get a handle on our spending in the Federal Government.... more »

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Department of Defense

Reward Organizational Thrift

On command-level annual personnel reports, include a line to document the percent spent compared to the prior commander. Use an entire line to document unusual circumstances such as major storm events which may necessate extra expenditure. Reward commanders who are thrifty (yet fully accomplish the mission) appropriately, such as by accelerating their career paths. Promote them faster than commanders who spend more... more »

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Department of Energy

IT Development

Many government agencys have duplicative IT development efforts going on within their Agency because the Agency's CIO does not have the authority or responsibility to oversee all Agency IT development efforts.

Make each Agency's CIO responsible for all IT development within the Agency. The CIO would receive all the Agency's IT funding. All IT efforts would have to be approved through the Agency's IT Configuration Control... more »

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Social Security Administration

SSA Should Develop “MySSA” App for Cell Phone

Statistics show that 91% of Americans now use cell phones. Over 35% of Americans now own a smart phone.

There is an App for everything these days. SSA has a great website online. There are a lot of private companies that have Apps that give Social Security information.

SSA should develop this App to include information such as: *MySSA; *Check Status of Claim; *Social Security Appointment Reminder; *FAQ’s; *Most... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Shipping Items Timely to Prevent Overnight Shipping Costs

Even with advances in automation, federal agencies still need to ship out a lot of items everyday. There are deadlines established for most shipments.

Rather than waiting until the last minute to ship something, federal agencies should be mandated to ship immediately upon notification of the need for shipment.

This would save millions of federal dollars by preventing unnecessary overnight costs that many agencies incur... more »

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Legislative Branch

REDUCE THE SIZE OF GOVERNMENT

Lets hire an productivity consultant agency to find the departments and parts of Government that are redundant or unproductive and eliminate all the parts that are not needed. If we actually do this it will cut the size of Government by probably 1/3 at least!!! It would save billions! (might hurt the unemployment statistics tho....) (But if they are not working productively then why should tax payers have to pay for it?!)... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Good Cents

To solve a problem you must first find the origin of the issue. Since we are trying to increase government efficiency and save tax payers dollars we need to look at how our government employees look at our internal budgets and spending plans. If you compare how one entity's (the USCG) specific units receive a budget and then follow through spending it against how private businesses conducts their spending plan is ridiculous.... more »

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Social Security Administration

Institute less stringent ID requirements for minor children

I have worked as a greeter/screener in a Social Security field office and experienced a large number of instances in which parents come in to apply for a replacement Social Security card for their young children. Generally they have a birth certificate for the child (and oftentimes they even have the child with them), but since a birth certificate is not proof of identification we tell them that they need another form... more »

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Department of State

Eliminate mailing of hard copies of newsletters

I think it would be cost effective if we eliminate the mailing of hard copies of Newsletters specially to oversea Post/Mission/Agency.People almost don't read them or just take a moment to go trough very quickly and then they are good for trushes.
Maybe we could instead identify Point of Contacts in each office or Mission or Agency and send them the electronic version of the newsletter when there is a new issue, then... more »

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