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Donate surplus government property to schools

Agencies throw away, recycle, and otherwise surplus supplies that schools would be happy to receive. One example is the hundreds or thousands of three-ring binders that many contracting offices receive each year from contractors competing for contracts. These binders could be donated to schools, reducing the schools' costs for this supply. Another example is contractor-acquired property that must be disposed of at ...more »

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Overnight Mail

I suggest that federal agencies reevaluate the need for sending letters via overnight mail. With the advanced technology of email, scanning, etc., there is no need to send letters via overnight mail incurring additional mailing costs. If a letter must be sent right away, it can be scanned and sent via email to the recipient. The original letter can then be sent via certified mail. This would reduce the mailing cost ...more »

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High School students to serve their country after graduation

What: After high school, graduates should serve their country for two years (AmeriCorps Vista, Army, Navy, etc…) Families will be able to choose the agency). After completion, they would either enter into a higher education institution, go into the workforce, or remain in the program. Majority of teens who enter into higher education after high school are not ready, disciplined and/or focus. The nation is spending billions ...more »

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Telecommuting

I suggest you...implement a 2 day a week telecommuting policy. A telecommuting policy would save energy costs (e.g., fewer computers running in offices), reduce transportation expenses (including by lowering subsidies for employees), and increase employee productivity.

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Move senior staff around

In my last work group most of the managers and many of the employees had been in their jobs for way too long. Over the years they converged into an unhealthy co-dependent knot, and I pity the poor executive who would try to straighten it out! The resisted change, mistreated the people they paid to serve, habitually swept difficult things under the rug, openly argued and lost self-control, escalated petty matters and tried ...more »

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less appointees

Bureaucracy does not run efficiently when big bosses constantly come and go. They don't know how their dept/agencies run and and should leave purely managerial/bureaucratic decisions to career workers. Less politicals means more managerial authority is vested in bureaucrats who know the system inside and out. How many times has a career worker had a good suggestion shot down by the chain of command invariably linked to ...more »

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Coordinate death records with SSA payments

Currently, the Social Security Administration continues to pay benefits to the deceased until someone notifies them that the person is deceased, at which time they stop payments and try to recoup any payments made after the time of death. Coordinating death records with SSA would save money currently spent on making and attempting to recoup these erroneous payments.

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Fitness\Wellness Program

Start a fitness\wellness program in each government agency. This would be initiated by allowing government employees to take up to 1 ½ hours per day to participate in a fitness\wellness program (policy and regulations would need to be created). Wellness programs would encourage employees to take measures in the prevention or worsening of illness or disease and to create healthier life styles. With the growing obesity ...more »

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Retire Feds and Save

When a Federal Employee reaches the maximum retirement category and working longer does not impact their retirement pay, they should be forced to retire and make room for lesser paid new employees. They might even be offered a small incentive to do this. Government would save $$ and get the same work done with fresh, creative idea-bearing employees.

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2 year voluntary civil service program for 18 year olds

Initiate a volunteer civil service program immediately for every student that reaches 18 years of age. Students will have the opportunity to provide meaningful community service that will provide inspiration, education, responsibility, and a connection to society. Civil service will include: >labor >construction >elderly care >child care >government internship The work experience will better prepare youth for a university ...more »

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STOP re-inventing government and STOP political employee preferential treatment and urgency with new ideas

This is a constant thing that brings morale down. So many times, the new political hires get automatic new privilages and preferential treatment, which does not help current feds. The constant re-inventing government usually comes from new political employees. Most of the time, the administration does not get to complete what they start because of the time that it takes. The real benefits do not come until the next ...more »

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