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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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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 the Treasury

Online Taxpayer Accounts

The IRS should develop a website similar to loan or credit card agencies that allows taxpayers (individuals, businesses, payroll taxes, etc.) to create an account and login to see if and how much in taxes they still owe. These individual accounts should also include a breakdown showing returns that have been received or are still due, and what the taxes due are comprised of. For example, the year and type of Form or... more »

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Department of Energy

OPEN MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS!!!!

What is the most effecient and cleanest energy source?! Lets USE IT THEN!!!! Nuclear Power is the future! Wind is weak, Sun is always going down, coal is dirty! We are advanced in technology so lets act like it!

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Department of Defense

Buy components not the whole module

Inside the Individual First Aide Kit (IFAK), is several modules with one being the "minor module". The minor module consists of about 12 component parts and 3-4 are shelf life controlled. Instead of replacing the whole minor module at a cost of $19.23 as is the current practice, why not just replace the expired shelf life components inside of it. At our installation alone, all 841 IFAK are unserviceable due to shelf... more »

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