Showing 58 ideas for tag "reduce wasteful spending"
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Department of Homeland Security

Crewmember Paperwork Reduction Initiative

Thousands of crewmembers are processed by Customs and Border Protection Officers in extremely busy airports with numbers that range as  high as 41 million passengers (including as much as 8 million international passengers) in Atlanta's Hartfield Jackson International Airport (US busiest airport) to average 29 million passengers a year including 9 million international passengers every year in over 20 airports around... more »

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Department of Agriculture

Eliminate On Hold Music

I thought of this idea when at a conference, during the introductory instructions when they mentioned not putting the phone on hold due to possible music. I’m sure everyone’s had this experience – someone puts the call on hold and music starts playing. This could be considered a nicety if it’s just you, but is problematic during a conference call as those still actively on can no longer hear each other.

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Use Both Sides of the Paper...Double Your Inventory!

Although we are trying to automate the Federal Government, there are still many times we have to use paper.

When employees print, use duplex printing!

When employees take notes, write on both sides!

If the Agency distributes monthly Posters to hang up in the building, print 2 months at a time. Flip the poster over after the first month.

When an employee gives a presentation, use the "white space" on each side of... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Hire the Best Candidate for Filling Federal Jobs

The Federal Government should not hire employees just because they meet a quota.

 

I've seen too many employees hired to meet a targeted category, who were totally unable to do the job. Some were eventually terminated, some still working.

 

By getting the best qualified candidates, we would cut out the waste in money used to train, and give the American Taxpayers the Federal Government that they expect and deserve.

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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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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Decouple establishing NASA’s mission from the executive branch

Untold amounts of taxpayer investments have been wasted due the starting and stopping and the redirection that NASA is almost guaranteed to encounter when a new administration is appointed. The precedence was set by President John F. Kennedy when he directed NASA to go to the moon, however, there is no reason to continue directing NASA in the same manner today. NASA’s mission/goals should transcend administrations.... 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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Department of Defense

End Military Airlift for Inspections

HQ AMC travels to units for inspections of every flying wing in the guard and reserve, as well as Active Duty. It is customary for the unit receiving the inspection to come pick up and return the evaluators at Scott AFB in the military aircraft of that unit rather than the small inspection team of 7-10 folks flying commercial. Even at $1000 a ticket, this would be $10k total. Yet a C-5 flying from Travis AFB to Scott... more »

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Department of Commerce

Predecisional Involvement of Union at the Branch Level at NPC

Notification to the Union of all BC-290s issued in the branch - this issue has come up in the Labor Management Communications and Training Workgroup that I have been attending. When discussing pre-decisional Union involvement in management decisions, I brought to the group's attention that although this should obviously be done in many upper management situations, it would be a more effective change at the branch level.... more »

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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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Department of Homeland Security

Reinvest in your own budget

The current process to excess property is extremely time consuming and burdensome on property officers. For property under $10,000 federal offices do not receive any return on investment by disposing of property through GSAXcess. The items that are no longer useful or phased out tend to be pushed to the out of site out of mind corner.

Agencies could receive a monetary return on their time and energy to excess property... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Good Cents

To solve a problem you must first find the origin of the issue. Since we are trying to increase government efficiency and save tax payers dollars we need to look at how our government employees look at our internal budgets and spending plans. If you compare how one entity's (the USCG) specific units receive a budget and then follow through spending it against how private businesses conducts their spending plan is ridiculous.... 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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Department of Defense

Solar Power

Put solar power on all military dorms, and add heating to them as well. Not all government buildings are efficient in providing solar power, but the ones that are geographically located in areas feasible should be built with solar power panels.

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