Showing 111 ideas for tag "cost reductions"

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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Department of Veterans Affairs

Overtime Compensation & Abuse

FLSA requires that overtime rate of 1.5 x hourly rate is to be paid when 40 hours are physically worked. Most firms, both profit and non-profit, adhere to this standard. Here at the VA, and I imagine many other government agencies, OT at the 1.5 rate is paid whether an employee calls in sick or uses vacation time during the same pay period. For chronic leave abusers, OT is the perfect way to make extra money and suffer... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Northern Border Ports of Entry

I feel there is a lot of money wasted on a Port of Entry (POE) on the Northern Border. For instance in the State of North Dakota there is a POE almost every thirty minutes of driving. A small POE that has less than ten employees and is not open 24 hrs a day is a waste of money, resources, and a security threat. I say that because in a large POE the CBP officers have tools and man power not available in a smaller POE.... more »

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Legislative Branch

Automation of VCAA Letter for Veterans Benefits

The VA is required by law to send all claimants the VCAA Letter, "Veterans Claims Assistance Act" Letter, with the purpose of helping the claimant. There are millions of these letters sent out each year. The VA needs to automate the VCAA Letter. The VA asks for the Veterans e-mail address on the initial 526 claim application. When the Veteran has e-mail, we should send the VCAA Letter electronically, with annotation... more »

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Legislative Branch

Eliminate licensing costs for online training and share con

Almost every Agency, Bureau and Office is paying for one--if not several--technology platforms to deliver online learning courses. The costs are in the millions of dollars and the satisfaction level is generally pretty low. What's more, each agency is paying to develop similar mandatory training modules (such as Ethics, No Fear Act, Sexual Harassment, Cyber Security). A conservative estimate shows that moving to an open... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Limit Travel to Job Related Activities

Leadership and certain employees go to many conferences that have nothing to do with their jobs or programs we have at our hospital. They never report back on what they learned or bring anything back, so it doesn't really help the medical center or veterans at all. This has gone on for the past 14 years I've worked here and it's getting worse. People need to travel for educational conferences that are related to their... more »

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General Services Administration

Replace leafblowers with rakes

In the fall, the facilities workers at my agency use leafblowers to clean up the outside of our building. These leafblowers are not only expensive to buy (or rent) and to repair, but they waste energy and contribute to both air pollution and noise pollution. Why not replace those leafblowers with good old-fashioned rakes? Rakes are less wasteful, not just when they're being used, but also when they're being manufactured.... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

$495 Million Savings By In-sourcing HSPD-12 PIV Card Issuance

Utilize strategic in-sourcing to issue Personal Identity Verification (PIV) cards to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) using the General Services Administration (GSA) USAccess Program to realize over $495 million in cost avoidance over 7 years, provide superior customer service, and attain an unmatched level of efficiency in the issuance of PIV cards. GSA re-engineered the issuance process of PIV cards, which... more »

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Legislative Branch

UNEMPLOYMENT = COMMUNITY SERVICE

If we are going to pay people who are unemployed, why don't we get some work out of them!? If nothing else, maybe there can be a minimum amount of community service required to collect these benifits! Just think of all the community projects that could be accomplished by all these millions of people! They would still have more than enough time to search for new jobs, and it might even incintivise some of the people that... more »

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Legislative Branch

Physical Fitness Assesment for ALL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES

The Government workforce should set the example to the rest of the US population by eating healthy and exersizing 3 times a week (at minimum). An idea to begin this practice would be to enforce a Physical Fitness test for all Government employees similar to those in the armed forces. This would save miliions in medical expenses and would most likely reduce the large number of disability retirements that take place.

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Department of Defense

SAVE MILLIONS PER YEAR BY ELIMINATING WASTED BAH!

There are over 30K mil couples (one mil member married to another) on active duty in the USAF. Both spouses are receiving untaxed Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH). One of the member’s is receiving BAH at the “single” rate (i.e. they have a spouse and/or child) rate, while the other is also receiving BAH at the “single” rate. This is obviously necessary, if they are stationed in separate locations. However, if they are... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Commericial shipping

As fuel costs continue to go up, the cost for shipping goods is increasing. I suggest establishing Government wide contracts that could provided suitable reduced cost shipping. For example, UPS has a account established for the Government that has the ability to save 50 - 80% over commercial shipping through UPS. Specific example a pallet weighing 350 lbs shipped from DC/MD/VA commercially through UPS to Miami FL,... more »

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Social Security Administration

Federal Employee Doctors for SSA & Disability = Reduced Claims

Individuals can currently receive social security and temporary or permanent disability benefits by getting a doctor to agree and fill out the necessary forms to request claims. If these individuals know the system and know what to tell the doctors they are seeing, it is easy for them to obtain the benefits. If the government hired professional doctors to evaluate these individuals before they are able to get benefits,... more »

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Department of Labor

get un/under-employed working to increase the tax base

Save money by paying down the debt, and don't let default happen (or else interest rates rise, and the US debt will crush us!). The equation is taxes on income are source of funding for Govt. Currently govt is working on the wrong part by thinking to reduce Soc Sec, Medicaid, which help people, while ignoring the fact that TWENTYFIVE PERCENT of workers are UN/UNDER-EMPLOYED!! (9% unemployed, 17% underemployed = 26%) Now... more »

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