Showing 40 ideas for tag "spending"

Department of Veterans Affairs

Eliminate (perceived) penalty to return unused budget dollars

Fear that not using our full allocated budget dollars will mean a decrease in funds the next fiscal year; there is a push for unnecessary or non critical spending days before deadline. On the contrary, there should be incentives to return unused portions.

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Department of Veterans Affairs

close Friday after Thanksgiving

Close all offices except essential personnel the day after Thanksgiving. Many people use this day and its a waste to operate with lights, energy, guards, etc... for a few people.

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Legislative Branch

Stop Loss Officer for Fiscal year spending

I have watched wasteful spending for the past 11 years. I currently work at a VA hospital and it is no different than the other places I have worked when it deals with the end of the fiscal year "rush". Say a VA hospital, just throwing a number out there to get a point across, has $100,000 left and the fiscal year is coming to an end. I have witnessed wasteful spending on desks, chairs, filing cabnets, computers and... more »

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Department of Defense

Congress, budget, debt ceiling, anonymous dialog via a SAVE like

Maybe by using a SAVE like process, Congress and the President can come to terms on a budget and work out the details of a debt ceiling negotiation in a timely manner. After all, there is advantage in not allowing anyone to have a dislike button. It forces dialog by making one write their own thoughts here and maybe start meaningful dialog. If you don't like it don't push the "like" button. But it gives you a space... more »

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Department of Defense

Longevity in Defense Capital Assets

Many years ago the government required that most, if not all, of its capital assets to have a usage life of at least 20 years. It was widely established in all branches of the armed forces. We spend far too much money buying the latest and greatest when much of what we already have will work perfectly fine and for quite some time. On that note, the Department of Defense needs to follow suit and reinvest in that lost... more »

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Department of Defense

Change Fiscal Year Spending Policies

Being in the military, I have seen the way the fiscal year spending policies currently in place have affected missions, causing us to be unable to purchase items that we need in a timely manner. Yet when it comes to the end of the fiscal year, we rush out to spend money on new flat screen TV's among other things just to insure our budget for next year isnt cut.

From what I have read, MANY other departments have this... more »

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Department of Defense

P.M.S! - PRIORITIZE MONEY SPENT!

Something that I have noticed in my 2 yrs of civil service is that the government spends so much money on office supplies. For example ordering document protectors @ $25/for a box of 50 is ridiculous when you can get them from places like Office Depot @ $10/for a box of 50. That highlighter that you are using cost the government about $8/9 for a box of 6, when it could have been purchased for $3/$4 for a box of 6 at Office... more »

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Department of Defense

Cut Unneccessary Spending

I work in Medical Logistics (supply) at Spangdahlem AB in Germany. I see massive amounts of waste every day.

Taxpayer funds are allowed to purchase things like customized stethoscopes, fancy gel pens, etc. We don't need these items to function. I have a nice pen... that I bought with my own money. If commands were made to make sure units were purchasing the simplest day to day items that best get the job done DoD wide,... more »

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Department of the Treasury

Independent Audit Agency for Government Spending

I don't know that much about audit agencies, but if we had an overarching audit agency that was required to audit government spending and produce a report to for the people to review that provided Laymen's terms on government spending, then perhaps the Government wouldn't be so quick to add all these additional line items to bills. I am not an expert but reading all these add-ons is nearly impossible and I really get... 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 Health and Human Services

Eliminate Trinket "Give Aways" - Wasteful Practice

Just about every office in every Federal agency makes multiple purchases of "give aways". Millions of dollars are spent on these items every year. These items may include things like custom pens, tote bags, bookmarks, mousepads, T-shirts, thumbdrives, etc., as a means of promoting their resources. Given the current economic situation, should Uncle Sam really be spending vast sums of money on token items that are most... more »

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Department of Defense

Fund the Necessities

All departments, agencies, etc. should come up with a list of: 1) What they have to have; 2) What they could really use to do their job well; and 3) What would be nice to have (it may make life easier, but it is not a necessity) and funding should be relayed and dispersed in accordance with those lists. If the government is running short on money, the items on the "nice to have" list will simply have to wait. Perhaps... more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

REWARD SAVING - NOT SPENDING - ACROSS THE BOARD

The gov't system is backward and geared toward wasted spending. If you don't spend all your money in one FY, you get cut the next - so you have all kinds of wasted buying and travelling just to use the money because it's there. Why? Because next year you may be cut and the costs could be higher so you might need it. You are rewarded for wasting. Change the system to REWARD SAVING. Telecommuting saves money and time... more »

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Department of Defense

Stop Paying Twice for Windows

We buy computers from Dell. Each computer comes with a license from Microsoft. (Sticker with license key) We then buy an Enterprise license to install Windows (any version) on that computer. Dell sells computers without Windows. We can buy our computers without Microsoft licenses, and then install our Enterprise software. (Volume Licensing)

We never use the preinstalled version, and we never use the license key we pay... more »

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