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Social Security Administration

Family Maximum Payment for SSI Benefits

Social Security benefits have a Family Maximum Payment.

 

SSI has a maximum on a married couple of $1,011. There is no maximum, though, on childrens benefits. If a couple has several disabled children, the couple could make more per month than most hard-working Americans who go to work.

 

SSI Benefits should have a FMAX just as Social Security Payments do.

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Medicare Prescription reform

I would like to see the prescription plan move away from commercial pharmacies to the mail order only program with set pricing. It would require two prescriptions 1) for 14 days to be filled locally and 2)to be faxed/sent to mail order company. The volume would allow for a larger price break and the consumer would have a set fee paid at the time of order. We must protect the elderly and disabled from unplanned expenses... more »

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Department of the Treasury

Unnecessary Employees

We were recently informed that two tax examiners were hired to support our unit. Thses individuals are not located in the same city where the bulk of our team is located. The function these two people are to perform could easily be performed by the remainder of the team on their individual cases. By eliminating these positions it will save $85,920 in salary alone.

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Online Medical Document Sharing between SSA and VA

The Social Security Administration processes disability claims. There are many, many thousands backlogged.

The Department of Veterans Affairs processes disability claims. There are many, many thousands backlogged.

There are hundreds of thousands of Veterans who file disability claims annually. Many of these Veterans are receiving, or have filed for, Social Security disability. In an electronic environment, and with... more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Stop Travel Waste: Video Conferencing

Currently, the US EPA, Office of Research and Development, wastes millions of dollars in travel support for meetings and training that could be easily performed using video conferencing technologies. To date, ORD has already saved millions of dollars by using video conference facilities located throughout its campuses at HQ and Research Triangle Park and remote locations.

The problem is that more money could be saved... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Regional and Area Office Site Visits by Video Teleconferencing

All Regional and Area Office Site Visits should be conducted by teleconferencing.

The time spent travelling, in additional to the mileage and hotels required, cost the Federal Government millions of dollars yearly.

Videoteleconferencing is a very effective method of communication and is commonly used in the private sector.

The advances in automation now allow ROs and Area Offices to see the same listings and documents... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Computerized Check-Ins for VA Patients

Veterans should be able to check themselves in for their medical appointments with a computerized system.

All they would have to do is either slide their VA identification card through a slot or enter their patient information and the computer would confirm their appointment date and time and they can click a button to check-in. This would be similar to the idea of checking yourself in for your flight at the airport.... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Hire the Best Candidate for Filling Federal Jobs

The Federal Government should not hire employees just because they meet a quota.

 

I've seen too many employees hired to meet a targeted category, who were totally unable to do the job. Some were eventually terminated, some still working.

 

By getting the best qualified candidates, we would cut out the waste in money used to train, and give the American Taxpayers the Federal Government that they expect and deserve.

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Department of Defense

Increase use of Distance Learning

Under no circumstance, should a servicemember or government employee be sent across the country or overseas to watch power point presentations and hear a lecture. There is a huge opportunity for cost savings in this area. Class room instruction should be done at a distance when feasible. Heavy justification should be needed to send personnel to training. Travel costs will be saved.

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Department of Defense

Linux instead of Windows

The US government could save billions by switching to Linux. Linux is open source and can increase security because the source code can be adapted by government agencies. Right now, Microsoft costs the government billions and creates a security risk. This is a win win. Cost savings and increased security.

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Eliminate printed VA stakeholder publications

In an era of the decline of printed publications such as newspapers, magazines and books, there should be a mandate that all VA Public Relations publications, Annual Reports and Newsletters, currently printed by VA facilites be distributed electronically.

Embedded multimedia content can be included to enhance the viewing experience of these publications.

Maximum cost savings would be realized by solely utilizing web... more »

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Department of Transportation

Electronic notebooks to save money and paper

Many agencies receive paper documents via e-mail that could be downloaded to an electronic notebook (such as a Kindle, Ipad or other similar device, also called e-readers) to save the cost of printing. Our agency also receives large (several hundred pages) of paper documents but if we had electronic notebooks, we could ask our state partners to provide us the documents in an electronic format such as PDF or Word. Often,... more »

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Department of Defense

DOD - How to Standardize Work Common to All Services

Others have suggested we standardize processes and applications across DOD, such as software (4166), freeware (74), flash drives (1664), and business processes (6510). There is so much duplication across DOD on basic types of work, such as environmental and facility management, civilian personnel systems, accounting, emergency management, GeoBase, medical services, IT/communication software, depot/logistics systems,... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Merge VA into DOD

Eliminate the VA as a separate entity, by rolling the Dept. of Veterans Affairs into the DOD, to provide care for all active duty forces, their families and Veterans.

Cost reductions include eliminating redundant department and services. Eliminating the VA central office in Washington DC.

Lower costs of supplies and pharmaceuticals due to the combined purchasing power of the VA and DOD.

Improved inefficiencies in... more »

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