Showing 19 ideas for tag "reduce spending"

Department of the Interior

Eliminate Environmental Regulation Overlap

When a landowner or government agency wants to get a permit to dredge or fill a wetland, is it really necessary to have 4 or 5 government agencies review the project? I think a lot of times there is too much overlap in environmental regulation. The amount of government time spent reviewing the smaller scale impacts can be overwhelming and very costly when you consider the number of people involved in the permit review... more »

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Department of Justice

Disaster Recovery / Backup

Many Government agencies (including the Bureau of Prisons) rely on daily, tape backups for disaster recovery and daily operations. Given the availability today of cost effective, online backups and NAS storage this is wasteful, and outdated. Online storage is much more cost effecient and useful for daily operations and with redundancy across areas it is much more reliable. Tape systems are extremely expensive, and considering... more »

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Executive Office of the President

Small Business Separation Bonuses (Save $1-2Billion or more)

Provide separation bonuses to government employees who submit an approved business plan and will start a business within 1 year of separation/early retirement from government employment.

We all know the executive department is bloated, at least those of us who are honest & who have been around long enough to experience the waste first hand among various departments. I've had first hand experience with DOJ, DOD & DOC.... more »

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Department of Defense

Small Business/Startup Separation Bonuses (Save $1-2 Billion)

Provide separation bonuses to government employees who submit an approved business plan and will start a business within 1 year of separation/early retirement from government employment.

We all know the executive department is bloated, at least those of us who are honest & who have been around long enough to experience the waste first hand among various departments. I've had first hand experience with DOJ, DOD & DOC.... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Benefit Agency Consolidation

The Social Security Administration and the Veterans Benefit Administration share many core processes and both are associated with determination regarding disability benefits. These processes are costly in terms of 1) staff levels, 2) personnel training, 3) administrative staff, and 4) oversight to insure compliance to congressional mandates. Both of these agencies make determinations regarding the level of disability... more »

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Legislative Branch

Information Assurance Branch under OMB

Create an Information Assurance Branch under OMB for all accreditation efforts and standards. One method will help save trillions of dollars across all agencies. Certification and Accreditation is mandatory for all DoD systems, but yet we waist billions of $$$$s accrediting the same system in different agencies because one agency wants a bigger, fancier or different color system than another. I say make a branch under... more »

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Department of Defense

Reduce flying hours to save Millions!

With the average cost of an F-16 sortie over 1million dollars when you include all the supporting equipment, parts, fuel, man power and such the best way to save money would be to cut down on flying. If they cut flying down by even 1 day a month for every fighter/flying squadron Air Force wide and made it a maintenance catch up day or something like that not only would they save hundreds of Millions of dollars a month... more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Kick the Can, USA!

As summer interns in the Region 9 office of the Environmental Protection Agency, it has been exciting to see that EPA practices what it preaches! One of the best sustainability initiatives in the San Francisco office is to replace personal trash bins with larger bins in communal areas of each floor. This simple act saves money, reduces landfill waste, and gently encourages recycling.

In the EPA’s San Francisco office,... more »

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Legislative Branch

Balance the Budget.

If the Presdient pledged to veto every unbalanced budget, and followed through with this threat for two terms...
or Congress could simply pass a balanced budget bill, maybe for only ten years just to see how it works. However, it is not in any individual legislator's interest to balance the budget. This is the classic "tragedy of the commons" secnario where we all see that conservation is necessary, but each person... more »

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Department of the Interior

Save Millions each month, Eliminate the TAV Fee in GovTrip

My area office employs 65 people, over 30 of them travel on a regular basis to locations throughout the Mid-Pacific Region. Today I processed 9 separate trips for 6 different people. Every trip immediately incurs a $15 TAV fee in GovTrip for every Authorization processed. Every trip requires an Authorization be completed in GovTrip regardless of the length and the type of travel. This fee is added even when the traveler... more »

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Department of Agriculture

Volunteerism

All time spent by employees performing work-related activities that employers suffer or permit is work time, whether on premises or not and whether required or not -- according to the ruling of Permit to Suffer. This ruling should be relaxed so that an employee has the freedom to volunteer services to benefit the government and taxpayers in a variety of ways including driving without reimbursement.

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Department of the Interior

Eliminate Duplicative Computer Programs Between Agencies

Recreating the wheel has proven to be a means for our culture to create new and better forms of old outdated technology. However, having each Department seek out a seperate entity to develop systems that will accomplish the same end result is a huge waste of government funds.

One such example is the program that each department has for tracking trainings. This could and should be a uniform program throughtout the entire... more »

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Department of the Interior

Curb wasteful spending on unnecessary shipping costs

A staggering amount of money is wasted on unnecessary expedited shipping costs. In most instances, it isn't necessary to send or receive items/mail/etc. via UPS and FedEx unless there is a justifiable reason to do so. Lots of items are better suited being shipped via USPS at an equally efficient rate of speed and a much cheaper rate. It's disappointing that U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail shipping isn't even offered... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

END OF YEAR SPENDING - ROLL OVER BUDGET

Similar to rollover budget and end of year spending.

Every year with about 2-3 months left in the fiscal year, not just my Field Office, but I'm sure every agency within the U.S. Government spends the rest of their budget, out of fear of not getting the same amount or more money the following year, and I'm sure as a way to justify asking for more funding. Field Offices should be able to spend what they need to complete... more »

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Department of Energy

Employees Training Employees

I think reducing costs spent by the Government can come from the reduction of private-sector training companies, training federal employees. Each class that is brought in, costs the Government $800-$1500 per person per class, totaling $20,000 - $30,000 per course for 25 people. These courses are taught by people who have been out of the government for years, and some of the information isn't relevant to some jobs around... more »

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