Showing 54 ideas for tag "money saving"

Department of Veterans Affairs

HELLO MONEY SAVINGS

Why are we picking just one? Out of nearly 17,000 ideas I read through about 200 and every single one is brilliant, money-saving idea that wouldn't cut jobs or hurt working americans in anyway. I only hope someone is reading these and will use these ideas to there full potential! We could save millions. Hear us out!

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Earnings and Benefit Information Sharing Between SSA and VA

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.

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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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Legislative Branch

Benefits via SSA

Reality is that the system for Social Security benefits is broken and abused. There needs to be an overhaul to restore the program to what the public perceives it as, or some similar resemblance.
First and foremost is the SSI program, the more abused and costly since these recipients have never contributed. Children get benefits too easily as with a large rate of termination from age 18 evaluations. There needs to... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Pregnancy testing prior to procedure.

Currently we must snrd all females 60 or less to lab for blood draw prior to any consious sedation procedures. My idea includes the ability to allow the woman to sign a waiver, they allow women to do this in teh community facilities, and if they are having sexual behaviors the area could perform a dip stick test. These are very accurate these days, and very fast. this would cut down on the work in the lab, the wait time... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Adopt MANY of these suggestions

Why not adopt MANY of these suggestions? Many of these are legitimate money-saving suggestions for the Federal Government.

 

I suggest adopting as many of these as possible to give the American Taxpayers the Federal Government that they expect and deserve.

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Legislative Branch

Change thermostat settings - by just one degree (as a start)!

There is an easy and quick way for all Government agencies and organizations to reduce costs immediately! Let’s all move our thermostats up one degree in the summer and down one degree in the winter. I have worked in many Government buildings in my career where I have been cold in the summer and hot in the winter. As a couple of examples, we could save a lot in our facilities costs If we just move the A/C to come on... more »

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Social Security Administration

Institute less stringent ID requirements for minor children

I have worked as a greeter/screener in a Social Security field office and experienced a large number of instances in which parents come in to apply for a replacement Social Security card for their young children. Generally they have a birth certificate for the child (and oftentimes they even have the child with them), but since a birth certificate is not proof of identification we tell them that they need another form... more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Create a lump, discretionary fund from EOY budget cuts

True savings will come from the bottom up, however those savings will be irrelevant if Agency managers are forced to make unnecessary purchases at the end of the year on a use or lose budget.

This theory isn’t new, it’s basic economics --- No manager wants to cut their own budget just to risk penalization for being over budget the following year.

Perhaps the most economical way to manage this is to put ALL savings... 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 Health and Human Services

Brrr...it's cold in here!

In the last week, DC has had day after day of record high temperatures, with the heat index soaring past 100 on a daily basis. Heat warnings, sweaty metro rides, and sweltering walks have abounded as thousands of government employees have gone to work during these hottest of days. Inside the halls of the HHS Aerospace Building, however, the temperature has been something much more akin to arctic. As I walk through the... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

No more portraits at taxpayer expense

This idea applies to ALL federal agencies. Almost every federal office and federal building I visit has multiple framed pictures of the President and Vice President. There are also framed portraits of other agency officials. This practice should be discontinued because it is an unnecessary, frivolous expense.

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