While working here at the VA, I am in charge of ensuring that the encounters for Patient billing are entered correctly for my department. Since taking over this task the number of errors being made by the staff in this department has drastically dropped because I created how to guides and done several different educational sessions with clinicians in our department. The VA has a vast problem with these encounters and... more »
For your consideration: July 29, 2011 Please increase green energy jobs, government revenue and empowerment of Americans to live a better life and to create a more prosperous future for the United States and the World by: The Federal Government under the direction of President Barack Obama preserving America’s parks, promoting American industry, increasing American jobs, obtaining revenue for the federal government... more »
According to www.SSA.gov, the Social Security Administration web site, there are 9.4 million Veterans who receive Social Security benefits. Many Veterans receive pension (needs based), and not compensation, with the VA. Many Veterans receive SSI (needs based), and not Social Security beneifts, with SSA. There needs to be a monthly interface of earnings and benefit payment information between SSA and VA. The Veteran... more »
Require Federal and State agencies make use of the Social Security Administration “Federal Benefit/Prisoner Data Exchange System” to enforce voter fraud laws. (1) Provide SSA with prisoner information necessary for determining voting eligibility such as, convicted felons (imprisoned or, released on parole or probation), illegal aliens, deceased persons, fraudulent voter registration. (2) Require States and voting authorities... more »
My coworkers and I always work in teams of 2 or 3. However, our office space consists of individual cubicles and only one conference room. In order to complete documents essential to our work, we spend an exorbitant amount of time emailing back and forth with our changes incorporated. This process can take weeks and sometimes months. Once we finally complete a document, we begin the process all over again with our managers... more »
Establish a nationwide electronic clearinghouse for all federal, state and local agencies/authorities to access when determining eligibility requirements prior to initiating, or continuing, benefits or assistance to individuals. Clearinghouse information will be provided by agencies identified as the sole source of data required for agencies to comply with their policy requirements. Some examples of sole source agencies... more »
Ensure Federal Benefits Are Not Paid to Ineligible Incarcerated Individuals. To eliminate the waste of taxpayer money government wide and run the federal benefit programs with more efficiency and save money: (1) Identify U.S. Federal Agencies programs that provide federal benefits, aid or entitlement programs. (2) Determine policy requirements for benefit eligibility for individuals incarcerated in federal prisons. (3)... more »
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.
Require all Federal Agencies that provide federal benefits or aid must use the Social Security Administration "Federal Benefit/Prisoner Data Exchange System" when determining benefit eligibility according to the agency policy requirement for individuals, or beneficiaries of individuals, incarcerated in federal prisons. (http://www.socialsecurity.gov/history/ssa/ssa2000chapter6.html) The Federal Bureau of Prisons currently... more »
Require Federal and State agencies make use of the Social Security Administration “Federal Benefit/Prisoner Data Exchange System” to: (1) provide SSA with prisoner information necessary to identify ineligible persons (e.g., Life and Death Sentences); (2) determine eligibility for burial in the National Cemetery System or the Arlington National Cemetery; (3) ensure timely notice is provided to appropriate Federal official... more »
I know we have an email system that we can utilize for submitting IT requests, or we can call in, which I'm sure most people do. The problem comes when we get an email saying that we called in, and then no one shows up for awhile to fix our issue. I think it would be easier if there were a tracking system that we could log into to submit requests; and then we could track how long it's going to take for someone to assist... more »
Patient have difficulty understanding, remembering, and following technical, confusing medication instructions, and so may miss, double up on, or otherwise miss-take medications. When patients fail to improve as expected, clinicians may unnecessarily increase, duplicate, or change medications. Resultant poor patient health and avoidable, prolonged, more complicated hospital admissions lead to poor health outcomes and... more »
I believe that all government agencies can become more efficient by learning from the private sector. Before joining the TSA I worked in quality control for the semiconductor industry. At the company I worked we always found ourselves coming up short of our sister plant in Japan. The Japanese plants had better product yields, worker productivity, and even better safety records. After a lot of research we learned they... more »
While working on claims within the Social Security Administration, we very often have to verify a claimant's income from other sources. Many times, this income comes from another government entity such as the VA, EDD, OPM pension, HHSA, Dept of Child Support, etc. We spend time and resources requesting information on the benefits from the claimant, and if the claimant is unable to obtain the information we spend more... more »
The per-project/building limit on minor construction (MC) established by federal law is $750K. This level has been the same for 15-20 years, and it is creating a lot of problems modifying buildings adequately for efficient operation after mission changes. In most cases, the waste in inefficient operations far exceeds the construction costs within just a few years. Also, the process for acquiring military construction... more »