Legislative Branch

180° Leadership Assessment

Allow employees to participate in 180° Leadership Assessments of their managers/executives as well as themselves during their Performance Appraisals. Creating a 2-way street (versus top down) could champion greater reward linkage to performance, collaboration, and communication amongst the whole work force. Utilizing an acceptable/approved universal electronic system across government to collect and share this data... more »

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Department of Transportation

Organizations Must Justify NOT Granting Telework for Non-Operational Positions

I suggest a mandatory business case to justify all decisions to DISALLOW telework for non-operational positions as part of any new real estate acquisition involving non-operational personnel. This will force agencies to evaluate positions so that the government only procures the amount of office space it actually needs to fulfill mission requirements. Additionally, increased work performance should result because management... more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Embrace a Results Oriented Work Environments (ROWE)

Embrace Results Oriented Work Environments (ROWE). This would allow employees to accomplish work where and when they choose so long as they do their work and do it well. By embracing this approach you will increase employee satisfaction which correlates to improved work product. Furthermore, the work force will be less dependent on set offices and may be able to save money on utilities costs if employees choose to operate... more »

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Department of Defense

REDUCE UNNECESSARY TAD

VOTE THIS UP! REDUCE UNNECESSARY TAD (Traveling Around Drunk) or a/k/a Temporary Assigned Duty PROBLEM: Too many government program "line workers" attending non substantive awarded Contractor meetings across the country. SOLUTION: 1) SKYPE and other IT tools to manage meetings from afar. 2) incentives gov program line workers to manage cost, schedule and performance of a program budget per project/awarded contract.... more »

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Department of Defense

Evaluating Civil Servants

Do a civil service-wide analysis on all performance reviews and set to work an initiative that makes it easier to let under-performers go. There are too many people that need these jobs and would be willing to work hard. Instead we continue to retain employees that constantly work at a sub-satisfactory level.

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Environmental Protection Agency

Reform the Senior Executive Service (SES): Awards

All member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) will receive awards solely based on their contributions to other organizations within their agency or to agency level contributions. SES members will receive base pay for managing their particular organization well; however, they will not receive additional compensation for simply doing their jobs. To receive an award, SES must demonstrate a strong commitment to the success... more »

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Department of Energy

Remove Poor DOE Managers!

Poor managers kill morale, show favoritism to their buddies, slow down performance & production of the employees that get it done, and don't recognize the right employees. Are there mandatory SUP or MAN training courses that are required to become a DOE Manager/Supervisor? Is there a competency requirement? How about a DOE Manager Certification Prorgam with Level I, II III & IV? Let the employees rate their performance... more »

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Social Security Administration

Incentives for Out Performing Quotas or Monthly Goals

I believe that employee morale and as a result, productivity, would be greatly improved if management spent as much time offering congrats and thank-you incentives to employees who meet or exceed performance goals, especially those who exceed goals and help the whole office's numbers, rather than spending so much time and attention on how the office need to be more efficient, more productive. Because if you are an employee... more »

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Department of Agriculture

Improve communication, accountability and transparency of inter-related work groups

Doing business with inter-office IT groups like security, telecommunications, operations, etc. should be similar to working with outside customers/vendors. Work tickets/contracts should be completed within a timely manner and communication should be performed to let the customer know the status. Currently, we waste valuable time ($) waiting on other work groups to finish tasks because there is nothing pusing them to... more »

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Department of Defense

Laptops To Save On Energy Costs

Most laptops use approx. 30-40 watts of power, while desktops use approx 150-300 watts of power during moderate use + the power used for the screen. Many individuals leave their desktop PC's on at night and during the weekend. As today's laptops perform as well as desktops, cutting energy usage by switching everyone to laptops would save the government millions.

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Legislative Branch

Moratorium on New Large IT Expenditures to Improve Current Architecture

Introduce a spending moratorium on new, large IT programs for a year. Require agencies during this time to conduct a 100% audit review of existing IT programs during this timeframe with the aim of confirming efficiency, performance, progress, and spending. Validate funds programmed or requested in current and previous two fiscal years were actually applied for the intended purpose. Programs that have been renamed or... more »

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Legislative Branch

Transparency

Information about federal employee salaries, bonuses, travel expenses, purchases, and performance plans should be publicly available in real time on agency web sites, not grudgingly divulged only when it is impossible to avoid complying with FOIA requests demanding such information. This would expose waste and inefficiency and allow it to be eliminated. It would also make it easier to eliminate discrimination and allow... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Making COTR More Effective To Prevent Cost Overruns Through Creating A Professional Job Series And Require More Training

Billions of dollars are being spent on cost overruns on government contract due to careless monitoring of contractor performance by Contracting Officer’s Technical Representatives (COTR). I propose that COTRs should have its own professional job series and be required to undergo more extensive training as suppose to their current 40 hours of VERY basic, rudimentary training. A COTR’s primary responsibility, as delegated... more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Reform the Senior Executive Service: Mandatory Rotations

All member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) will rotate to new assignment (to a different organization within their agency, or optionally to another agency) no less than every 3 years. The SES program was set up to promote and ensure a corps of qualified senior leaders within each agency, not as a career path for subject mater experts. SES members who linger in one job too long become narrowly focused advocates for... more »

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