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End the End of Fiscal Year Wasteful Spending

End the "end of year" wasteful spending. Every September, federal agencies scramble to use up every last cent that they have been allocated and haven't yet spent. The budgets are set up in a manner that actually promotes waste because if the funds are not spent, the budget will be reduced in the following year. This results in extremely wasteful, last-minute purchases, without proper preparation, trial of products, ...more »

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You ARE what you eat!

2/3 of Americans are overweight or obese and the estimated cost of obesity is $147 billion per year. Poor diet and lack of activity are the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States, and gaining on smoking (number 1 killer). Clearly, our food environment is not conducive to health and costing a fortune. The default food choices in most government agencies are direct contributors to poor diets. Up ...more »

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FEE FIX: Curbing the Cost of Fee Basis for Rehabilitation Services with Job Creation

In the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Fee Basis for rehabilitation services (Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy) accounts for several hundred million dollars annually. In the San Francisco region alone, over 500 fee basis consults to rehabilitation were completed in the second quarter of 2010. The cost per Fee Basis consult can range from $750-1500 or more depending on the case; resulting in an estimated ...more »

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Rate the Rater: Evaluate Your Supervisor

I suggest you...The number one reason an employee quits a position is not the job, not the clients, nor the work load. The number one reason for quitting is dissatisfaction with a supervisor. This program could address this before the employee is even hired, and provide needed feedback (without repercussions) to managers who could use a little constructive feedback: Introduce a mechanism for constructive feedback reviewing ...more »

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Quit paying Fed Ex!

It always gives me a good laugh when I need to get paperwork sent somewhere and it is sent via Fed Ex. Apparently, even the federal government does not trust the USPS to get their packages to the destination on time! If we are going to keep the USPS going, we need to use it. If federal agencies don't trust the USPS to get the package delivered, why on earth would we expect others to? In any case, we shouldn't be paying ...more »

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Implement electronic fax programs for all government agencies.

Implement electronic fax programs for all government agencies. Fax machines, ink, paper, administrative time, scanners, scanning time, etc. Millions of dollars in time and resources are spent processing paper faxes. Electronic fax programs directly to computer email would be a big cost saver. It supports the green initiative and the reduction of paper initiative.

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Four - Ten Hour work days

I work at a VA medical center in NC. Many of our veterans still hold jobs on the outside. Working in an outpatient setting, we have a large number of veterans that cancel appointments or postpone scheduling due to their work schedules. You and I work at the least eight hour days the same as our veterans do. I suggest that the outpatient departments adopt a 4 day work week and 10 hour days. This will give our veterans ...more »

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Bonuses

Bonuses should be limited or completely eliminated from Executives. The golden parachuets need to go away: No exec should get bonuses based off how many employees anwer a survey or donate to CFC! This money could be used to hire more employees or compensate the people in the trenches.

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On demand sedation & water colonoscopy saves time and resources!

Large scale implementation of water method colonoscopy may prove to be enormously beneficial in preventing colon cancer, thus reducing the substantial cost for its management for society and minimizing the disease burden of colon cancer on patients and their families. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States. Approximately 150,000 new cases are diagnosed each year, and of ...more »

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Consolidate ideas so our votes count

PLEASE consolidate similar ideas so that our votes count!

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When Government rates are not the cheapest, the cheaper outside rate can be accepted.

Allow Government Employees to accept cheaper rates during travel. As of now when using Fedtraveler you are given government rates, but often those rates are not the cheapest. Tax payers dollars are waisted when I have to accept a flight through Fedtraveler for $500, when I can make my own reservations through Airtran or other airlines for $250, for the same flight.

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Quit Paying for External Training When Internal Training on same topic is available!

Although much can be learned from outside organizations, we routinely pay outside agencies to provide training that we offer internally. Why would we invest the time and money to develop our own training seminars if we don't feel they are valuable enough to send our employees to? For example, my VISN is sending about 25 people from each facility to Disney World for leadership training. Simultaneously, the VA is rolling ...more »

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