Campaign: Department of Agriculture

Let's Try Four Days a Week

Allow federal work places to go to 4 days a week. You would save millions of dollars just running from Monday to Thursday. This would also allow rest for those who have children and need that one day that children are at school/ It also reduces costs of running facilites. If someone is needing to work, let them telework that day.

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Hold workers accountable and clean out deadwood

I suggest we hold workers accountable. There are far too many workers that do not work, or work very little. Salary and benefits are a huge cost and the public is always complaining about lazy government workers. It is time to change that reality. Reward those of that truly work hard and get rid of those that don't. Please clean house of all the deadwood across all agencies and departments.

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Optional Early Out Retirement

Give the Option of Early Retirement since most agencies are Top-Heavy (experienced employees maxed out at the top of their pay level). This allows new hires to be made and reduces the overall payroll cost of the US Government. Savings might well be in the billions!

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GOV TRIP

I suggest you get rid of GovTrip. My last plane ticket was over $1,500. I good have booked the same plane ticket through the same carrier for $646.00.

There is something wrong with GovTrip with this happening. Plus GovTrip charges you $15 evertime you have to change something or ask a question. The travel company is no help at all.

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TeleWork - Save money and Increase Efficiency

Most employees work at the office during normal buisness hours, yet many of us do jobs that can be done at home as well, or more efficiently. Some employees at my office already go home to work on focused writing - they have fewer interuptions and find that they actually get MORE work done at home. Using the phone, instant messaging and our increasing web-based communication systems, it doesn't matter where our desk is ...more »

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Stop $10,000 Awards

Stop giving out $10,000 awards to upper management. This money could be used to help in purchasing office supplies - thus eliminating out-of-pocket expense buying supplies at office supply stores (e.g., Office Max, Office Depot, Staples, etc.).

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ONE password ONE login

I have different passwords to log on to my computer, into my email, into several different agency databases, into Workplan, into Avue (the hiring program), and into the WFDSS - the wildland decision support system. It is impossible to keep track of all these passwords and required changes. It wastes time. Instead, I would like to be able to logon to my computer with one password and have access to all the programs/databases ...more »

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Eliminate GovTrip

I suggest that GovTrip be eliminated. Do travel authorizations and travel plans in-house. This would save $13.50 per voucher processed. it would also save time because we spend time trying to firm up reservations through GovTrip that we end up having to do on our own outside of GovTrip.

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Shortened Work Week

The government currently operates on the same 40 hour work that was established in 1916. Since that time technology has increased exponentially and with it employee productivity. A recent study showed that employees spend an average of 2 hours per day in non-work related activities ie surfing net, personal calls, etc. Author David Roberts writes that “France, with a 35-hour workweek, creates a greater gross domestic product ...more »

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Give farmers windmills instead of subsidies

Find those midwestern farms that are the most routine recipients of federal aid. For each farm, calculate the average amount of annual Federal aid that it has received over the last ten years. Then supply wind turbines to these farms. The wind turbines given to each farm should generate enough power that, when it is connected to the local power grid, it can generate and sell enough energy to equal the subsidy, courtesy ...more »

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GOV TRIP - Utilize Commercial Online Travel Booking - NOT GOVTRIP - AND GET COMMERCIAL FARES !

By using an online commercial travel booking service such as Travelocity or Orbitz we could save millions - literally. By using GovTrip we are wasting millions of dollars by 1. untold employee hours (and likely the most money) wasted due to poor website application functionality, 2. not being able to book the least expensive options, 3. the cost of the application itself, 4. difficulty in processing travel vouchers after ...more »

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