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Federal Employee Video Testimony

Routinely the DOJ and US Attorneys Office will subpoena Federal employees to testify in cases outside of the employee's geographical work area.

These cases can often be cross country in nature as currently my office on the West Coast is working to find funding to send an employee to the East Coast for under one hour of general background testimony.

A cross country flight and hotel for less than one hour of general testimony.... more »

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Rollover Budgets

Instead of the use it or lose it within budgets, the money that isn't spent by the end of the fiscal year, should rollover and be added to the new fiscal year. Each year is different, instead of wasting money on things we don't need for one year, we should be able to save it for next year when we might need more.

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Government travel

Each year, the government spends millions of dollars on travel cost. This year, the contracted travel agency is charging about $40 each time a change has to be made to a ticketed flight. In addition, the contract fares for flights are very high. My suggestion is to get rid of the contract for the travel agency services and allow staff to make their own travel arrangements through commercial websites. If the airlines... more »

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Heart Healthy Inmates

The Federal Bureau of Prisons offers its inmate population two separate menus for every meal. One menu is the " regular" menu and the other is a Heart Healthy menu. There is no reason for this. Inmates in Federal custody should only be offered Heart Healthy foods. Obesity and diabetes are a growing problem within the Federal Inmate population. Offering only Heart Healty foods would not only save money for the Food... more »

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Print to PDF

Start printing important documents to PDF instead of paper. It is easy to do and you can store it on the computer, not in a binder or folder...

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Promotions and Transfers

When a " Best Qualified" list is generated, it is a waste of money to spend tens of thousands of dollars to buy somebody's house and pay for their transfer to another location if the " Best Qualified" list includes somebody who already works at the hiring facility. With the current state of the housing market and Federal deficit, this practice should be ended immediately. Staff already working at a hiring location should... more »

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Duty Officer Program

Each BOP facility requires one staff member, usually at the GS-12 level or above, to be the duty officer for that facility every week of the year. It is not the program I am arguing but rather the hours associated with this program. The Agency mandates that the duty officer switch their working hours and schedules for a 7 day period. These hours include many premium pay hours to include night differential and Sunday... more »

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Require Desktop Computers to Go to Sleep by Default

Desktop computers are often configured such that if they are left on at the end of the day, the hardrive (and sometimes the monitor) will stay on all night. Taxpayer dollars could be saved (and carbon could be reduced) if it was required that the default settings in the "Power Options" menu were changed to have the computer go into stand-by mode after a few hours of non-use.

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Lights-Out + Timed Lights

Replace standard light switches with automatic timer switches in part-time-use areas like break rooms, restrooms, copy rooms, etc. The energy savings will pay for the cost of the upgraded hardware quickly.

Make "lights-out" the default configuration for buildings, instead of "lights-on." When Security 'opens' a building for the day, *only* turn on lights needed for safety or in major traffic areas, leaving employees... more »

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Expensive Evaluations too often

EARS Evaluations done every 3 years - I suggest going to 5-year plan. Guessing at 10-20 people per visit (depend office size) for 5 days @ 20 air fares approx. $300 ea. x perhaps 70 offices = $420,000, add meals per diem of about $50 day x 5 days x 10 people = $2500 and add hotels @ $100 day x 5 days x 10 people + $5,000 so for just one year's evaluations you'd be saving at least $427,500. This only pertains to Justice... more »

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