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Department of State

NEGOTIATE VEHICLE OIL CHANGE FEE'S

We should stop paying approximately $30.00 - $50.00 for each government vehicle oil change for an estimated fleet of 600,000 vehicles government wide. Currently, we use hundreds of oil change facilities including national brands, car dealerships, etc. I recommend that we negotiate flat rate fee's for individual oil changes at 3-5 national brands and implement guidance for using these brands. If a designated brand... more »

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Department of State

With one tiny letter, we can save at least $50,000.

At DoS, our office acronyms are a foundation of many of our information systems; they are standardized to reflect the name of the office, not the name of the individual who occupies that office. This eliminates the need for widespread change during times of personnel turnover.

The addition of a second Deputy Secretary, however, brought about a change to our acronym conventions that has actually resulted in significant... more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Fed Employee Leave Without Pay for National Service

Establish a formal program to allow Feds to take leave without pay to perform national service such as Peace Corps, Vista, and Americorps. Currently, this is an agency by agency decision, not a standard policy. Making this a formal program would allow Feds to voluntarily give up their salaries in order to serve (in the example of Peace Corps, for a period of 27 months) while also assuring that they would have a job... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Government of the People, By the People, For the People

These words were spoken by Abraham Lincoln in the Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863. Here we are in the United States 147 years, 260 days later.

We are watching Congress. At this second, we are $14,546,716,998,177 in debt. It took me 6 seconds to type that number, and the debt raised $262,554(Over 260 THOUSAND DOLLARS!!!) while I was typing.

We have to get a handle on our spending in the Federal Government.... 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 Energy

Training via Distance Learning

Arrange for all National Training Center (NTC) courses and other courses of interest to DOE employees and contractors such as those offered by universities, national labs, DOE sites, etc. to be available through distance learning. That will save travel costs and ensure that employees still have access to the training they need to perform their jobs safely, effectively, and efficiently.

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Department of Defense

Reward Organizational Thrift

On command-level annual personnel reports, include a line to document the percent spent compared to the prior commander. Use an entire line to document unusual circumstances such as major storm events which may necessate extra expenditure. Reward commanders who are thrifty (yet fully accomplish the mission) appropriately, such as by accelerating their career paths. Promote them faster than commanders who spend more... more »

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Legislative Branch

Detect DrugUse By Fingerprints To Stop Doling GovtFunds To Users

Based on the article "Fingerprints Reveal Drug Use," all federal entities can utilize this technology to detect drug use at minimal cost and enforce laws accordingly. The most crucial way in which this technology can be used would be to test folks who are receiving government funds-----those with positive indications of drug use will no longer be provided any government funds. Instead government funds should be given... more »

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Executive Office of the President

Suggestions with Highest Vote Total Not Showing on Hot List

Not clear what the criteria is to show on the Hot list. Apparently it is not just having the most votes. There are a very large number of suggestions with high vote totals not showing up on any of the "hot" lists. It would appear that the program is artificially controlling which suggestions are shown and which are not. To make it worse, similar suggestions exist where the later one is on the hot list but the original... more »

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General Services Administration

Make Flexible Spending Accounts More Flexible

It's great to have a flex spending account, but it's a very cumbersome and inefficient process to actually take advantage of the account. You have to save receipts (paper that could be recycled), then fill out a form(s), print the form(s) (again paper that could be saved & recycled), then fax the form(s), and then wait to see if the expenses will be reimbursed.

Why not issue FSA Visa or Mastercards that are loaded... more »

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Social Security Administration

SSA Should Develop “MySSA” App for Cell Phone

Statistics show that 91% of Americans now use cell phones. Over 35% of Americans now own a smart phone.

There is an App for everything these days. SSA has a great website online. There are a lot of private companies that have Apps that give Social Security information.

SSA should develop this App to include information such as: *MySSA; *Check Status of Claim; *Social Security Appointment Reminder; *FAQ’s; *Most... more »

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Corporation for National and Community Service

Self-insuring Airline Retail Sale Ticket Fund Saves Millions

Problem: While GSA’s government-wide travel policies permit Federal employees to take advantage of airlines’ retail sale prices, because the employee must assume risks of cancellation or change fees, employees rarely take advantage of sale ticket prices which are far below the refundable GSA City Pair program fare prices. While city pair fares save as much as 70 percent, that savings is measured against retail fully... more »

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Social Security Administration

How to save time and paper

Due to the large amount of documents faxed to Social Security every day by Third Party representatives, I suggest that Third Party representatives use the data encrypted method that congressional representatives currently use to send SSA requests. Third Party representatives would be able to fax documents to SSA, but SSA would receive it in an email format and could then distribute the email to the correct person in... more »

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