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Rewards for spending LESS during the FY

Reward agencies who do NOT spend their entire budget. The race to spend all available money at the end of a fiscal year is ridiculous and counter intuitive. Why can't that money be saved in some fashion? Lets save teh taxper payer money! Absolutely no incentive is available for coming in under budget. Actually agencies in CBP are discouraged from spending their budget because they could loose money the next fiscal ...more »

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Re-Evaluate the Federal Travel System

I suggest you re-evaluate the Federal Travel system. Under the current system, Feds are unable to take advantage of sales/deals offered by airlines and hotels. Often times, the federal rate is much higher than the sale/deal rate. Savings stemming from changes to the travel system would impact not only the budget for the Department of Commerce but all federal departments. As a specific example, I recently registered ...more »

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drug testing for state/federal benifits

Require any person that receives federal or state benifits to pass a drug test.

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5 Year Overseas Policy Out-dated

On average, the Navy processes 178,000 PCS orders a year at a total cost of approximately $800 million. Of this, almost $500 million is spent moving household goods, including privately owned vehicles (POVs). Since 1966 it has been Department of Defense (DoD) policy to limit the time appropriated fund civilian employees in the competitive service spend in foreign areas to 5 years. The policy is predicated on the view ...more »

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No Income Tax on Relocation

Stop taxing Federal relocation benefits. Why? Because there is no net gain for the government as a whole. The amount collected by the IRS from Federal employees is subsidized by the departments for which the employees work. It is a case of robbing Peter to pay Paul. Production time is lost in completing the Relocation Income Tax Allowance form and in processing it. All for no net gain. The IRS adds the tax collected ...more »

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Abolish the IRS and enact HR 25, S 296, The Fair Tax Act.

Enact The FairTax Act (HR 25, S 296). It makes April 15th just another day. It abolishes all federal personal and corporate income taxes, gift, estate, capital gains, alternative minimum, Social Security, Medicare, and self-employment taxes and replaces them with one simple, visible, federal retail sales tax administered primarily by existing state sales tax authorities.

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Save Trees, Save Money

When discarding old, outdated files, we should be saving the files to reuse. I don't see this happening consistently. Employees, of course, prefer to use new file folders, but this is not necessary. Only discard those folders that are unusable. And, don't throw away papers that can be cut and used for notes -- most often I see employees using post-its as scrap paper. Post-its are not inexpensive, and should only ...more »

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Thumb Drives

Allow the use of thumb drives on governtment computers. The cost of a stack of 10 dvd's would pay for a thumb drive and the thumb drives are reusable, quicker and easier to use. Quotes are from best buy 8GB thumb drive $16.99. 10pk DVD-RW discs $21.99

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End the "use it this year or lose it next year" spending/budget practice.

Every September there is a mad rush by federal agencies to spend all the money budgeted for them so that their budget isn't cut the next year. Instead of penalizing agencies for not spending all the money budgeted for them, reward those agencies for saving the government money. Think of how much would be saved if we simply used the unspent money to pay down our debt or to use on actual worth while projects.

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Stop end of year wasteful spending!

Change the way anual budgets are decided. Currently if my budget is $10M and I only spend $8M, my budget for the next year will be reduced to $8M. This encourages goverment agencies to spend all money that has been budgeted to them. Allow agencies to roll over unspent funds into the next year. Don't penalize agencies for spending less than their budget!

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Private Sector Fiscal/Budget Management Model

At the end of each fiscal year there is a spending frenzy in many Federal agencies as they try to spend remaining funding so they aren't "penalized" the next budget cycle. This practice needs to stop because it costs taxpayers money; the end result is often supplies, equipment, or services that are "nice to have" instead of "need to have." With this in mind, Federal managers and employees need to be rewarded based on ...more »

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Standardize budget and accounting

Standardize the budget and accounting codes and practices among all government agencies. Everyone is doing the same types of fund accounting and budget work (or remarkably similar). Why not standardize the codes. Seems to me it would make it easier to audit, easier for interagency employees, and easier for employees that change agencies.

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