Recently coming from the transportation field within the U.S. military, i've come to appreciate the order in which this branch of the gov. operates. Working now in the same field for the VA is the a great shift, exept for the fact that i feel that i went from the future back to the stone age. Not the best comparison but close. One of the main problems that I've come to notice is the lack of a system that tracks all the... more »
Have all Federal, state and local agencies including schools should convert to a 9 hour, four day work week and everyone has Friday’s off. This benefits, the environment, the worker and the government. It worked in Utah. Reasons: everyone will conserve oil on transportation to& from work and on government vehicles, less traffic and potential accidents, road and vehicle maintenance would be reduced, reduce pollutants... more »
Physicians increasingly practice medicine by ordering too many lab and radiology tests. These investigations are very expensive. An effort should be made to incentivize physicians to spend more time talking with and examining patients rather than simply ordering more tests. Therefore, 1. Physicians should have the option of a 30 minute visit instead of a 20 minute visit if medically appropriate. 2. Physicians should... more »
Instead of paying the entire costs for relocation, offer new hires a small lump sum and let them pay for the expenses of moving themselves, if they are entitled to relocation expenses. The amount paid for the movers and packers could easily exceed the value of the furniture and appliances being moved.
We all know that government issued vehicles are a big expense in the government. However, they are a bigger expense then they need to be because of how poorly they are maintained, and that is largely because most government employees don't care for the government vehicles as they would their personal vehicles. This abuse destroys the vehicles in a shorter period of time. My suggestion is to have quarterly vehicle inspection... more »
Every time a government employee has to travel on official duty we are forced to use SATO or some other agency designated travel service to purchase our mode of travel & lodging. I have in my possession a copy of a travel confirmation in which the airline ticket cost the taxpayers $1881.80. This ticket could have been purchased for approximately $1000.00 less online without going through SATO. When you add up all the... more »
Modify the employee travel charge card system to be managed by and charged to the government in a central account, rather than to individual employees. This would be similar to what is already done for government calling cards, whereby employees simply charge their official duties to a central account and do not have to manage a separately billed account that currently co-mingles one's official and personal finances.... more »
The government wastes a ton of money by restricting how travel is arranged. I had to fly from Anchorage to Miami a couple years ago and using the government mandated travel company (SATO) the ticket cost a little over $2,000 - plus a $37 booking fee. For the sake of comparison, I went to Orbitz and found the exact same flights for about $700. A co-worker recently needed to book a car for her travel and was told the... more »
Allow government travelers to use free services like Expedia, hotels.com, airline & hotel websites to directly book airline tickets and hotels using government travel cards. If the cost savings makes sense and follow the regulations, utilize the direct company websites rather than use government travel centers that have been awarded contracts and charge a fee for each trip.