Executive Office of the President

Per Diem

I suggest the MI&E rates (not lodging rates) be lowered to 60% of their current rate. It currently lowers to 60% on day 31 of most long-term details. This suggests that it does not need to be so high for days 1 - 30. This would save millions of dollars in sending employees to trainings, work groups, or details. This would also diminish the current public image of government employees eating expensive meals on the... more »

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Department of State

Raise Age-Limits for Mandatory Retirement

Currently, Foreign Service personnel are obliged to retire at the age of 65, whether or not they actually want to retire. While this may be to my personal advantage (I am a mid-level Foreign Service employee, and it guarantees at least some slots will open up at higher grades), the government could save money in recruitment, training, etc by simply increasing the mandatory retirement age - or getting rid of it altogether.... more »

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Department of State

EMPLOYEE'S CHOICE - PER DIEM or FLAT AMOUNt

I suggest that when employees are back in the US on per diem, e.g. for training, we allow them to choose between (1) per diem at the standard rate, with all the associated requirements of contracts, monthly statements, submitting vouchers, etc. and (2) a flat, no questions asked amount at a lower dollar value – say 75% of the total that you would be 'entitled' to under the standard per diem. With the second option it's... more »

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Department of the Interior

Consolidate training centers

The Department of Interior has dedicated training facilities one at FWL Shepherdstown, WV, DOI Anchorage, AK, BLM Phoenix, AZ and many more locations. With the advent of online course and local trainings it seems the training centers have outlived their purpose. Only about 41 classes are scheduled to be held at Phoenix next year and Shepherdstown has listed over 100, but many are self study or listed as modules of a... more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Centralization of federal workforce management with requirements for placement

Centralize and mandate use of federal career management and training under one organization that provides government-wide workforce management; providing federal career ladders, succession planning, and internships to ensure that appropriate skill sets are available and agency managers are fully qualified and capable of managing large government programs. Mandated selection of these individuals would ensure candidates... more »

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Legislative Branch

Free up the Prisions

Bring back executions for serious crimes such as murder, rape, child molestation and have the sentence carried out within a short time period, there are people on death row for years eating into millions to keep them there only to put them to death, and deport all the Illegal aliens that are in our prisons, they could not abide by our laws send them home.

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Save over 80% on mandatory courses by hiring developers as employees

Hire Federal employees to be developers for widely taken courses such as Annual Information Security Awareness. These types of courses are typically contracted out or obtained through shared service providers which charge a high fee. Hiring course developers as federal employees can reduce the cost for courses like this by 80%.

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Department of Labor

Recycling People

I suggest we create a program for recycling people. This program would involve taking people that currently may not be able to take care of themselves and making them useful to society. This program would involve taking people applying for welfare, or anyone that feels they need "recycling" and preparing them to be productive in society. This program would start with a physical, mental, dental and vision exam to ensure... more »

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Legislative Branch

Save Money via. Scanning

I believe if we Bar code every document, It would be faster when it came to the scanning, every document/ form would have a barcode. This would save energy on all the high tech scanners and possibly open up more chances for telework for positions at the assistant level. Also, this would cut down cost in sending documents to doc harbor to be scanned. Being that this Idea would be faster, there would be more time for... more »

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US Agency for International Development

COTR/AOTR Training

At USAID, each new employee who manages projects must undergo Contracting/Agreement Officer Technical Representative (COTR/AOTR) training. A majority of new hires (at least in my part of the world) take the COTR/AOTR training after arriving at site at Missions in different countries. (For example, a new DLI based in Kazakhstan travels to Cairo for 2 weeks of COTR/AOTR training.) As a result, USAID is paying tens of... more »

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