Showing 19 ideas for tag "incentives"

Legislative Branch

Cut government regulations and bureaucracy

Too many in the House, the Senate and the White House do not want to analyze the regulations they and their predecessors have written into law and make the tough decisions - STOP doing what doesn't work and wastes money, STOP doing frivolous things that causes businesses to raise the cost of business and stops them from expanding and hiring more people, STOP doing things that causes needless paperwork and time-consuming... more »

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Department of Housing and Urban Development

GS Demotions

Authorize GS demotions for poor performance. Like many organizations, the government has numerous examples of dedicated, skilled, and hardworking employees. However, it is all too easy to find examples of employees that have gained high GS ranks due to their longevity rather than value to the government. The government’s service to its citizens is hampered by carrying non-productive employees, and some mechanism should... more »

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Department of Commerce

Incentivize Employees to Save

Initiate a trial program to provide nominal bonuses to federal employees based on how much their organization saves on its annual budget. Implement the program with thresholds, so as long as an employee’s organizational unit saved 2% of their annual budget, employees would receive a 0.5% salary bonus. This program would likely have the most leverage on DOD acquisition programs, but would nonetheless help motivate employees... more »

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Department of Commerce

"Tech for Travel": Incentivise videoconferencing, reduce flights

I propose that the government green operations and adopt new technology by launching a "Tech for Travel" program that would enable agencies to plan a reduction in air travel and re-purpose those funds to support investments in video conferencing equipment. Presently, agencies are pressured to spend all of their appropriated funds at the risk of a budget cut the next fiscal year (or more bluntly "if you don't use it,... more »

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Department of State

Culture Change via Incintive

There are thousands of processes in our society that could be made more energy efficient. In this forum, people bring up ideas that concentrate in one area or another...waste, water, electicity, automobiles, ect...The ability to conserve is out there all around us, but the vast majority of people do not participate to the least extent. Why? Are they unaware? Or unmotivated? I think our leadership, local and national,... more »

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Department of Agriculture

decrease Transfer of Station costs via gain-sharing

Moving just one employee can easily cost the gov't over $100k, and strain the budgets of hiring offices. Yet, I do not believe there is any incentive to the employee to reduce costs of moving household goods -- by way of decluttering or deciding that items are worth less than the cost to move them. There should be a mechanism by which if the employee were able to reduce the costs of moving their household goods, they... more »

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General Services Administration

Incentive to save money on lodging

I propose that if federal employees choose to stay somewhere cheaper than the GSA lodging rate in that area, they are able to keep 50% of their savings. This policy should still apply if the employee chooses to stay with friends/family for free, in which case they should still be reimbursed for half the GSA lodging rate.

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Department of Defense

End of Fiscal Year Spending

Often agencies spend money at the end of the FY so their budget won't be cut by the amount they save. Instead, as a method to cut spending, allow the agency's budget to remain at the same burn rate as previous months, but allow them to not spend as much during the last month of the fiscal year. This will, in particular, save millions in wasted flying time hours when units fly unnecessarily in order to use all their... more »

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Department of Defense

Manage incentives, not just dollars

An organization as large as the US government will never control costs without appropriately aligned incentives for individual employees. The solution to sustained federal cost savings is a shift in focus from management of dollars to management of incentives.

Federal employees squander millions of dollars and justifying it by saying, “If we don’t spend it this year, we won’t get it next year.” This causes a ratchet... more »

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Department of Defense

End of Year Funding Incentives

Each year, towards the the end of the fiscal year (around September), military commands around the world scrammble to spend the remaining money in their budget for fear that their funding for the next fiscal year will be cut (take a mark).

Rather than penalizing commands for not spending their money, they should be rewarded for their savings. A small portion of the money they turn back should be given back to the... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Freakonomics/SuperFreakonomics - Essential Books For Management

Action. That's what we need to do. Don't think about it. Just do it. Too often we, the government, jump in with both barrels blazing so that we can be seen as doing something. We measure things...just so that we can say we're measuring. It seems we don't stop to think about the consequences/results of our activities.

This is true for all government activities, large and small.

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Department of the Interior

Incentivize Saving Money

Each year if we don't spend all of our alloted program dollars it goes back to the black hole. While I understand that this needs to be the case, we are then penalized with a cut to our program the following year. Based on the logic that since we did not need it last year we won't need it this year. This leads to employees frantic year end spending. Buying that extra GPS or survey equipment, etc. Programs and employee's... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Stop paying incentives to State DHS for Child Support Collection

Our states collect child-support money and deposit it in a state fund, but the federal government pays most of the administrative costs and, therefore, dictates the way the system operates through mandates and financial incentives. The federal government pays 66 percent of the states' administrative overhead costs, 80 percent of computer and technology-enhancement costs, and 90 percent of DNA testing for paternity.... more »

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