Showing 54 ideas for tag "money saving"

Legislative Branch

UNEMPLOYMENT = COMMUNITY SERVICE

If we are going to pay people who are unemployed, why don't we get some work out of them!? If nothing else, maybe there can be a minimum amount of community service required to collect these benifits! Just think of all the community projects that could be accomplished by all these millions of people! They would still have more than enough time to search for new jobs, and it might even incintivise some of the people that... more »

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Social Security Administration

Federal Employee Doctors for SSA & Disability = Reduced Claims

Individuals can currently receive social security and temporary or permanent disability benefits by getting a doctor to agree and fill out the necessary forms to request claims. If these individuals know the system and know what to tell the doctors they are seeing, it is easy for them to obtain the benefits.
If the government hired professional doctors to evaluate these individuals before they are able to get benefits,... more »

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Department of the Treasury

Online Taxpayer Accounts

The IRS should develop a website similar to loan or credit card agencies that allows taxpayers (individuals, businesses, payroll taxes, etc.) to create an account and login to see if and how much in taxes they still owe. These individual accounts should also include a breakdown showing returns that have been received or are still due, and what the taxes due are comprised of. For example, the year and type of Form or... more »

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Legislative Branch

Put your money where your mouth is

There is currently a lot of "green" rhetoric coming from the government these days, and I think it should put its money where its mouth is. My plan would have the current funds being used for subsidies and tax breaks in the energy markets should be diverted towards the purchase of green technologies (ie. smart grid, solar panels, wind turbines, etc.) at federal complexes. A purchase of this size would drive down the... more »

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Legislative Branch

END BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP!!

This is an idea from the 1800s that anyone born on United States soil is automatically a citizen. Other countries do not do this! You have to be born of a citizen to be a citizen. I think ending this practice will basically solve one of the biggest immigration issues we have. The practice of illegal imigrant coming here to have children (aka anchor babies) so that they can stay in this country. Just something to think... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

TRAINING

Increase Virtual Training instead of conference/travel training, this year I have seen people selected for conferences that cost the government thousands of dollars in which the conference materials could have been released via online training. We really need to begin to tighten this area up. I suggest a guideline / mold (if you will) that allows travel for training. I suggest that staff and leadership investigate... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Electronic notification

The Department of Veterans Affairs sends numerous multi-page documents to veterans each day notifying the veteran on claims requirements, decisions, etc. I believe millions of dollars in postage and paper can be saved by developing a e-account for veterans. Such a system would allow for veterans to view VA correspondence online instantly thus saving time and money. Much like the private sector this would be a voluntary... more »

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Government Accountability Office

Purchasing Priorities

Purchases with goverment funds should be reviewed based on a priority scale to ensure that goverment agenceys buy things that are needed instead of things that are wanted. A scale could be implemented cheaply and tracked through cumperters to allow for a budget that can reflect needs over wants, this would give an extra level of oversite of purcheses to persons running budgets. For example a simple priority list could... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

stop wasting insulin

A large number of veterans are diabetic, when they are in the hospital they each get a vial of insulin which is barley used, so on discharge we are not allowed to give them the vial and it is destroyed. I have worked at private sector hospitals that are magnet. There policy is to have a vial of insulin in the pixis machine that is used for all the diabetics that need coverage. There is no contamination of the vial since... more »

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Department of Defense

Civilian DOD Full-Time Air Reserve Technicians

I love my career in the USAF Reserves. As a full-time Air Reserve Technician the past two years we've been ordered to wear our part-time Reserve uniforms as DoD Civil Service employees daily. This is costing the USA government at 5 million dollars annually. Not to mention the yearly cash awards to other officers to maintain dress and appearance standards daily. Please consider giving this money back to the USA tax... more »

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Department of the Treasury

Paper & Postage Reduction Cost - Dual Notice Requirement

Currently, any correspondence to taxpayers who file a joint return with the IRS require separate notices to the husband and wife. This results in additional costs for paper, printer, toner, postage, envelope, and other associated expenses.

While this requirement should not be eliminated entirely, the requirement should revise to allow married filing joint taxpayers to sign a waiver allowing examiners, collection officers,... more »

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Smithsonian Institution

Entry Fee for Smithsonian Museums

Currently, the Smithsonian and other museums report around 30 million visits per year, which includes returning visitors or vistors to multiple sites, staff, etc.; however, access to these museums are free. If we started charging a fee for entry with various options, the government would be bringing in more revenue that would help support the operation of these museums.

For example, there could be an option to purchase... more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

eRent

Many agencies, including ours at EPA’s Region 9, have moved to digitize documents, making it possible to retrieve reports and forms online. During our internship this summer, we recognized a way to improve government efficiency while reducing waste: making electronic tablets available for rent or checkout at the agency library/communications center.

We are cognizant that people will have different learning styles and... more »

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Legislative Branch

The 1-2 Flush System

I am a Summer Intern at HUD and a Full-time student at the University of Maryland. In our dorms at UMD, we have sensor toilets that detects how long you've been on the toilet. Although this may sound silly, the toilet accurately predicts what type of waste you are emitting (putting it kindly). The toilet then determines how much water is needed to flush away the waste. For bigger projects, more water is used. And for... more »

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EXOP - Office of the Vice President

Incentives for Saving

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 »

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