Office of Personnel Management

Grievance Process

I suggest that the government employee grievance programs and procedures be changed to always use disinterested investigators and judges. The current practice of handling grievances internally at the lowest possible level requires people with some possible culpability for a problem to incriminate themselves, or their close associates. To them, the grievance is the problem and the solution is to retaliate. One is free... more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Commit to open standards for software

Currently, the U.S. government spends in excess of $1 billion annually to license software -- software that produces documents that are difficult to access after a few years because the new version of the software often doesn't work with the older documents. Since the document formats are proprietary, we have no way to access these documents other than by maintaining the unsupported older software. This has made transparency... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Adding responsible information to every document (Agency/Branch/Component/Date)

Idea: Add responsible Agency/Branch/Component/Date information to every form, document, manual, publication, or web page. With this ANY staff member can easily identify the agency to contact when changes are needed in. Example (FEMA/VA-NPSC/NCT/07-19-2010) Facts: Thousands of man hours are being wasted every year when publications need to be changed or updated and author is not readily identifiable. Too often, if... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Integrated Management System for Dept of Veterans Affairs

Objectives- a. Reduce rework and "handling" required to report and manage errors and deviations in the performance of VHA services. Conserve and optimize resources required to support management reviews b. Improve inter-program information and informatics sharing by reducing or eliminating silo's and local hotspots of data that are not evenly accessed and distributed across the organization. c. Improve the connectedness... more »

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Department of the Interior

electronic libraries of government documents

Each region of each agency should have the computer equipment available to establish a centralized library for electronic documents. If any document contains sensitive information, then access should be restricted to that section of the library to those who need access. We are spending hundreds of dollars for new shelving systems and floor space to accomodate hard copies of documents that were printed from an electronic... more »

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Legislative Branch

Evaluation of Government Expenditures

I suggest the government take a new approach to their spending. In fact, this is the same approach that many Americans have resorted to in the wake of a declining economy; living within our means. The need to evaluate spending of existing and future programs is paramount in understanding what is necessary to the survival of the United States and what is over and above necessity. Every year billions of dollars are spent... more »

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Department of Labor

Faster ways of resolving worker complaints of labor law violations

We need to do more to help American workers with the resources that we got. Protect their wages and safety and health. My plan is to be implemented to protect workers’ wages, but it can also be implemented for the occupational safety and health of workers as well. In 2009, the Department of Labor (DOL) secured $137.6 million in back wages (wages that should be paid but are not because workers are paid below the minimum... more »

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Legislative Branch

Web 2.0 - Collaborate Transparently

Push to incorporate Web 2.0 technologies into our various processes. Acquisitions would be a good start. Instead of having a few people develop huge documents (with varying degrees of collaboration with subject matter experts) that then have to go through a litany of reviews, often by high ranking folks with little technical background, allow the development of key artifacts in collaborative, transparent environments... 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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Executive Office of the President

Create a Single USA.gov Website, Consolidating Resources and Information

I suggest you streamline the federal government's hundreds of websites to save costs and better serve the public. That in 2010 our federal government still operates upwards of five hundred independent websites places our nation’s public-sector Internet savvy somewhere in the late 1990s. The cacophony of websites wastes untold amounts of money, since every agency must not only employ new media directors to handle day-to-day... more »

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Department of the Interior

Fuel for Change

Fuel for Change Use less fuel. We should set an example for the American people. Conserving vehicle fuel reaps immediate and substantial financial benefits, conserves vital energy resources, promotes healthy life styles, decreases carbon emmissions, and helps to protect the environment. Use existing records to provide a pubic accounting of per capita fuel use by agency. The transparency will, in and of itself, result... more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Expense Transparency for True End-Users

When individual employees make requests for hardware or services, provide the requester and appropriate lower-level end-user(s) with the final "charged" cost. When real users (not managers, admins, or accountants) see the often outrageous costs to taxpayers, they will be more likely to investigate and reduce those expenses. This "transparency" is similar to the Explanation of Benefits (EOB) statements that health insurance... more »

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Federal Communications Commission

limit volume and life of confidential documents in agency proceedings

Confidential submissions to government agency proceedings limit public discussion and increase document handling costs. I suggest that OMB, consistent with the President's directive on transparency, instruct government agencies (1) to adopt a presumption against granting confidentiality for submissions in agency proceedings, (2) require the confidential status of documents by default to expire in 3 years without compelling... more »

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