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Buy the truth and sell it not

With 40% of the employees approaching retirement, more focus should be given to retaining their experience and wisdom by sharing and mentoring others, especially potential managers. Transitioning into training programs should begin as early as possible.

 

A database of procedures with as much descriptive information should also be availble to help trainees to find established "tried and true" methods and procedures

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Free OS and Open Source Programs

Change from Windows to a free Operating System (e.g. Linux), this would be extremely beneficial beacuse of the high prices of antivirus and high Windows cost. Also implement the use of Open Source programs such as Openoffice instead of Microsoft Office, these are free and would reduce costs by millions of dollars. Some government agencies already use these, but most don't.

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Accountability

Accountability for how US dollars are spent should be at the level of the person making the decision. It is not right for a director to use federal dollars to fund fuel in his personal airplane so that he can maintain his hours for pilot licensure. His job does not require that he fly a plane, especially solo and the waste is unnecessary. Flying commercially would be less expensive, if necessary.

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Disaster Assistance Notification

Discontinue the practice of mailing application packages for disaster assistance based on the disaster victims FEMA registration. Many of the packages are not completed and returned. If they wish to apply, the disaster applicant can print the application forms from the sba.gov website, use the electronic loan application program, visit a disaster recovery center and also has the option to call or email the customer service ...more »

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Purchase paper from companies that use or support alternative energy sources.

I am an advocate for government going paperless. However, there will always be a need for paper in government. So why not purchase all paper products from a manufacturer that has made efforts to reduce their carbon footprint by utilizing or supporting renewable energy. This will accomplish several objectives such as replacing fossil fuel generated power and reducing climate change. How difficult is it to find a paper ...more »

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Online Learning Management System

Implement an online learning management system to record and track employee training. Too much time and money is spent on the printing, collecting and filing of training sign-in sheets and completion certificates. An online system would eliminate hard-copy training files. Certain training reports, most of which take a large amount of time to prepare, would become obsolete. Management would have instant access to employee ...more »

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Disaster Reservist

This is related to the Disaster Reservist Program. I have been with the agency since 2004 and became a Disaster Reservist in 2006. Many of us believed that this meant "preference" when bringing employees back as the workload increased. We have a four year term appointment and had to apply with a KSA for the appointment. The agency pays our benefits for a year while in non-pay status and thus we are a valuable asset to ...more »

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Term/Temp after 4 years to Status

I believe temporary/term employees who have worked 4 to 6 years within an agency be given status. This would allow them to apply for permanent positions, reducing costs of hiring and would also increase morale.

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SBA and FEMA Unite as One Disaster Assistance Program

I suggest that the SBA Disaster Assistance and FEMA be combined to have one Agency helping the victims of all disasters. It is frustrating for the business owner to apply with FEMA and find out there is no help for them except to go through the SBA. Homeowners apply with FEMA who collects information, then refers applicants over to SBA, who then refers them back to FEMA for other needs. If it were 1 Agency, the amount ...more »

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Paralegal Specialist

This is related to the majority of temporary disaster assistance employees who are hired at the onset of a disaster and are laid off when the work load decreases. I recommend these experienced temporary employees are offered to downgrade to a temporary "part-time" status. This will allow the agency to retain more experienced employees for the next disaster. Also, these employees will be allowed handle the majority ...more »

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SBA Application sent with FEMA information

I believe that the Government could save alot of postage money by including the SBA's Disaster Application in FEMA's information package. Yhis too would eliminate some of the burden for the disaster victim who is overrun with paperwork, ie.FEMA, SBA, Insurance, cost estimates. Let's help make it easier for the victim!

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Health

The Government pays huge amounts into health insurance and benefits. I believe we should offer incentives for people to live better. Free Gym Memberships for Government Employees. Free Nutritional Planning and Personal Training. Think of all the injuries and diseases related to poor diet and little/no exercise. Offer Cash Awards for Employees with the fewest amount of Medical Claims. Encourage those that are sick ...more »

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