4) Add a feature that changes claimant’s address in CPMS and at the field office. Currently, we have “to do items”. This is another feature that increases time for each case that is unnecessary. If the 1-800 number receives a phone call or the field office or us about an address change it should somehow be updated on all systems simultaneously. This would keep all areas of SSA up to date on the most current address... more »
3) Add a “Batch Processing” for Exhibit Letter to Representative/Clmt when case is worked up. We could run the “batch for all our cases in wkup and it would send to efile”. This would save lots of time from going in and out of each case individually and decrease backlog. This would improve the speed and efficiency of working up cases that would ultimately improve processing time and reduce backlog
In California the State workers endured the now famous "furlogh Fridays". However, when they were no longer forced to do this, many workers found that they wanted to continue to do this. Instead of a punitive 6% reduction, let's offer this option of a 4 day work week to the Federal Employees. I think that the GS-11's and above would readily volunteer for this while a 6% forced paycut might be catastrophic for the GS-6's... more »
I recently did my monthly rotation at the front desk. Over two hundred claimants called for an updated status on their claim in one day. Each claimant should have electronic access whether by phone or computer to check their status on their claim. In addition, the claimant should be informed of each step of the process (RTS, POST,MAIL-OUT) and approximately how long each step takes. If the claimant was informed of... more »
Currently, we have to run numerous queries when working up cases and scan them into the files including a DIBWIZ. The DIBWIZ query is very informational regarding all aspects of the cases and has most of the required queries all compiled into one master query (the only one that is missing is the certified earnings records which really is not essential because that information is also within DIBWIZ). Therefore, we are... more »
I would like to see the sheer waste of the publics tax-dollars curtailed greatly... if not indeed stopped when it comes to the "waste" of money used to mint, distribute and store the U.S. Presidents Dollars. Congress approved the mintage of these coins and congress should greatly curtail if not stop entirely the mintage of these coins entirely! It costs over .33 cents just to manufacture a single coin! Then, there is... more »
Although Ful Time Telework won't work for everyont, I do think that there are some 25 - 50% of most Agencies that could perfom their functions from an alternative worksite. Many managers are uncomfortable with this but it would be a matter of changing their style of managing. Instead of "stopping by" a persons desk, they could call or send emails to ask the quick question or provide an assignment. In many ways,... more »
I know the Social Security Administration has a facebook page, but does it have cell phone "apps" (applications) that can do specific things like locating a SSA office, maybe even conducting some kind of service online right at the customer's fingertips?
If you combine the ODAR, DDS and FO agencies as one agency; Have persons working and doing work that is their strengths not their weaknesses. I have worked in the field office and ODAR; repetition produces quality and quanitity; If you do the same items over and over you are very quick when repeating the work, My idea is to have one building for Odar, Field Office, DDS, They would be called SSA; You put all three offices... more »
If there were automatic expiration dates on emails sent out by management/supervisors, etc., it would help clear virtual space on the computer email and drives, thus maintaining a lower memory/storage and speeding up the computer's applications. Many agencies have a time-retention timeframe requirement for people holding onto Personally identifiable information contained in emails and old work. This would also lighten... more »
Allow any leave (sick, annual, lwop) to be transferred from one employee to another regardless of reason or relation. Stop using manpower to determine whether someone qualifies for VLTP or not, just set up a log-in system where people that have leave to donate can offer leave to people who are in need of leave. People can enter their own names/requests, self-monitor their leave activity, and others can donate/give... more »
When represenatives of claimants (at the hearing level) submit medical evidence within seven days of the hearing, those medical records must be sent to contracted medical experts scheduled to testify at the hearing by FedEx. The cost of the delivery of those last minute additions to the record to the Medical or Vocational Expert is absorbed by the Agency and also places unwarrented workload strains on an already tight... more »
Allow employees to use a specific amount of unpaid leave, without penalty to leave, SCD, etc, upon supervisor's approval, of course.
There are many government offices close to each other in big cities. Move some of them to cheaper locations, for example move an office from the Washington DC area to Manassas where there is plenty of space, cheaper expenses, and is close to public transportation.
Not everyone participates, and those who do, can donate in other ways, and on their own time - and get credit for themselves... not just let their government agency take credit for the donations.
Each year employees are taken away from their regular day jobs to "volunteer" (still getting paid) to plan bake sales and silent auctions.