It is a given that CPUs need to be replaced every so often to accommodate software upgrades and improve processing speeds. (Perhaps it is true that some agencies, such as SSA, replace them too frequently, but that is the subject of other SAVE Award ideas so I will not get into that here.) However, computer monitors have longer life cycles and so whenever agencies do a workstation replacement they should not simply replace... more »
Each year the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) spends a large sum of money on centralized training, sending hundreds of employees to sites across the nation for weeks at a time. These trips cost an exorbitant amount of money because each trainee is provided with airfare, a hotel room, and per diem. Additionally, training staff is often brought in from stations across the country to conduct the training, also requiring... more »
For example, a co-worker recommended we send out our organization's information, to the 140+ personnel who were coming to visit, in an electronic document. Our leadership didn't like that idea and instead we spent more than $2,000 on organizational binders, not including the man-hours that went into creating the binders. We shouldn’t be buying niceties when we are in debt, i.e., pretty pens with the government funds... more »
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 »
I think MyHealthyVet should offer links to our prep instructions for a variety of procedures - things like colonoscopy, IR procedures and I am sure many others that require some preplanning. If the vet was able to access this on the internet they would not need to come into the facility to get the instruction. This should be a pretty simple task and it could reduce the parking issues, man hours spent getting the instructions,... more »
NASA sponsors several summits that are not directly related to NASA's mission. For example, the NASA IT Summit. Although this summit may be useful to those in the IT community, NASA is not in the business of developing IT. If we are serious about saving money, then these types of activities that do not relate to NASA's core mission, should be canceled or held less frequently. Another alternative would be to hold on-line... more »
While working here at the VA, I am in charge of ensuring that the encounters for Patient billing are entered correctly for my department. Since taking over this task the number of errors being made by the staff in this department has drastically dropped because I created how to guides and done several different educational sessions with clinicians in our department. The VA has a vast problem with these encounters and... more »
In many cases, meetings take place that involve different agencies or field offices. If we encourage the use of webcasting for meetings we would save tax money by cutting back on printing costs, fuel, and employee time. Meeting materials would be sent via email before the meeting or shown in a presentation during the webcast. This would save dollars on printing materials to hand out in meetings. Also, by meeting through... more »
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. The Veteran... more »
Social Security benefits have a Family Maximum Payment.
SSI has a maximum on a married couple of $1,011. There is no maximum, though, on childrens benefits. If a couple has several disabled children, the couple could make more per month than most hard-working Americans who go to work.
SSI Benefits should have a FMAX just as Social Security Payments do.
The Social Security Administration processes disability claims. There are many, many thousands backlogged. The Department of Veterans Affairs processes disability claims. There are many, many thousands backlogged. There are hundreds of thousands of Veterans who file disability claims annually. Many of these Veterans are receiving, or have filed for, Social Security disability. In an electronic environment, and with... more »
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 »
Establish a confidential incentive program to pay individuals who inform on employers/employees violating employment laws that ultimately leads to a conviction.
- employers paying wages 'under the table'
- employers paying illegal aliens
- employees getting paid 'under the table' WHILE the employee currently receives unemployment benefits
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.
Many agencies receive paper documents via e-mail that could be downloaded to an electronic notebook (such as a Kindle, Ipad or other similar device, also called e-readers) to save the cost of printing. Our agency also receives large (several hundred pages) of paper documents but if we had electronic notebooks, we could ask our state partners to provide us the documents in an electronic format such as PDF or Word. Often,... more »