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Service Contract Act Wage Determination

This SAVE idea is not agency specific and deals with Service Contract Act. Currently, government service contracts of $2,500 or more require federal agencies to include Wage Determination(s) issued by the Department of Labor (DOL) to set the minimum wage and fringe benefits for classes of contractor staff. On the anniversary of the contract under the Fair Labor Standards Act and Service Contract Act—Price Adjustment... more »

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Streamline firing of bad workers.

"Oh you work for the government, well that's a safe job..." "Oh well at least you can't get fired..." How many times have you heard people say things like that? It's true though, isn't it? As a proud Federal Government employee, it seems that some people treat their public job as a right as opposed to a privilege. Public employees need to be held to higher standards. In today's age, the government simply cannot... more »

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Change to retirement programs

Two problems w/ loosing lots of retirees- the "brain drain", loosing valuable corporate knowledge, and the high cost of retirement benefits- many of us would like to stay on part time and be able to contribute longer and get some partial retirement benefit to make this possible; alternatively, we should NOT pay full retirement benefits to folks (rather, we can't really afford to) who worked 25 or 30 years and then will... more »

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POWER SAVING Penalize Managers/Executives nonsupport of telework

Too many managers are scared of allowing their staff/departments to telework. They constantly look for reasons to justify why it won't work when they haven't even tried it. They say people are not in positions that enable them to do so. That is not true. Penalize the SES and Managers that do not allow some type of telework to 100% of their workforce. There are ways to enable everyone to telework. There are statistics... more »

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Create Self-Plus-One option for Federal Healthcare Benefits

How many federal employees would benefit from a Self-Plus-One option for health care? Young couples, single parents, empty-nesters? How much money would the federal government save from paying lower premiums? OPM says that creating this option would not generate enough revenue to cover high-risk (elderly) members benefits however, if it's possible for the dental and vision programs to offer a self-plus-one option (which... more »

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Modify Purchase Contract Requirements

Each government activity has certain items that are a reoccurring purchase. Usually short lists of items that need to be bought repeatedly from one or several like vendors.

The issue is that if over the dollar limit, a special request needs to be processed for the purchase of these items. Usually, this additional acquisition process adds considerable time to the forgone need for and ultimate purchase of the item in... more »

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Eliminate or modify information collection notices

A significant portion of every Federal Register issue is used for "Information Collection Activities" notices, purportedly for paperwork "reduction." But the notices provide little useful information, such as a copy of, or link to, the proposed information collection form. Agencies rarely, if ever, receive public comments on such notices, therefore resulting in a waste of time and paper. This is paperwork production,... more »

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Let's be proactive & clean house-why let Congress do it for us ?

The public and some in Congress seem to have a very negative perception of Federal employees in general and are willing to "punish" all for the deficiencies of a notable few. Why should we allow Congress to remedy what they see as the problem? Let's be proactive, identify the deficiencies that we can do something about, and take charge of (and key word: publicize) our own solutions that will reduce wasteful spending.... more »

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ELIMINATE LEASE PAYMENTS FOR ALL FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN

Simulate the economy by creating jobs, tax base, and eliminating lease payments. First, identify all Agencies currently paying to lease office space in subject area. Second, identify all vacant office space in subject area on government property (i.e., Walter Reed Army Base, Navy Annex, Coast Guard Island, etc). If necessary, build new office spaces on vacant government owned land thereby putting additional people... more »

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Enforce Contracts To Perform Per SOW

Every year, contractors perform services for the federal government that are subpar, inadequate and a misuse of taxpayer dollars. The FAR and other statutes prevent governement employees from holding contractors acountable through denying payments or through termination of services. More specifically, NIB/NISH contracts become more difficult to hold accountable because of the nature of ensuring work for the challenged... more »

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Plan and Execute Governmet Budgets Based on Requirement

Many government organizations are "given" a budget and then tod to hurry up and spend or it will be "swept" meaning take away and lost and that whatever balance was lost will bededucted from next year's budget because it was obviously not needed. This method and cultue in government budgeting waste millions of dollars and encourages no employee to seek real financial training or work at developing a real budget. Budgets... more »

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Debt Reduction Proposal

Build a private partnership between VA Hospitals and the private sector. Transfer VA hospital functions to the private sector giving veterans greater choices for their healthcare needs while reducing and or eliminating per diem and travel pay to get to the closest VA hospital. The private sector is already set up to handle all types of medical challenges, so why do we keep re-inventing the wheel? Private sector hospitals... more »

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