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Government Accountability Office

Orderly Transformation of Government

Every 4 to 8 years a new administration is elected. Each is elected on the basis of unique ideas for how to engage government in service to the public. To transform policy to practice, it becomes necessary to restructure all or part of the federal government--a worthy and necessary effort, but one that repeatedly inflicts high costs in process, time, production, training, and staff morale. When the process lingers, the... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Courts, Convictions, Sentencing, and Prison

I once read a stat that said 62% of people in prison/jail have not been convicted.

I understand that a large portion of this probably also includes stat and local prisons/jails.

I also understand that there are varying circumstances with due process.

I also am aware there are many ideas for lowering Government costs related to prisons.

BUT this is a serious problem. Why don't we cut down on spending by fixing the... more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Save Time: Paperless Hiring Leading to Digital Record Keeping

As EPA Region 9 summer interns who’ve grown up in a Web 2.0 World, we feel we have a fresh perspective on how procedures are carried out with new technologies. We were surprised by the sheer amount of paper involved in the hiring process –SF-52, I-9, a physical welcome folder all of which were available online. For a total of 2 million federal employees, this translates into an incredible amount of paperwork and redundancy.... more »

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Department of Defense

Too much management

If you don't manage at least 8 people then you should not be a manager. I report to my boss who directly supervises 4 people. Her boss directly supervises 3 people. This goes up the chain about 7 levels (each supervising 3-6 people on average). This makes getting higher level approvals very time consuming and flow of information poor. It also provides too much justification for abundant meetings for "managers" at... more »

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Social Security Administration

All Public Contact Procedures Reducible to Checklist

At SSA, no procedure for resolving public contacts is self-contained - every procedure references other sections, which in turn reference other sections, ad infinitum. Therefore, it is not possible to access a clear, concise, procedure for accomplishing anything.

The simple truth is that any analyst who truly understands the work can reduce any procedure to a checklist, which is the basis for every mission-critical process... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Citizenship and Immigration Process / Travel

There are two major issues I believe can save the government not only money, but on the amount of security violations.

1. The current process of processing citizenship applications within United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is archaic. The current process requires hard-copies of applications, personal information and other information to be physically mailed out and stored for applicants. This... 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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