Currently federal appropriations law as interpreted by GAO (GAO-04-261SP) requires separate travel authorizations for travel that cross the FY end-start (September-October). Conversely, the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act (FASA) allows agencies to contract for severable services for a period less than 12 months, regardless of the FY. Why not extend this logic and allow a single trip that starts in September and ...more »
National Archives and Records Administration
Eliminate the printing and mailing of the Federal Register.
These should only be available electronically.
I suggest you modernize the Federal Register. The Federal Register was created in the 1930’s to inform citizens of the day-to-day operations of government. It was the Open Government initiative of its time, providing access to federal agency regulations, proposed rules and notices, Executive orders, and requests for comments on strategic plans and proposed information collection activities. The Federal Register provides ...more »
Stop printing the Federal Register. It is available online, so there is no need to print and mail such a massive publication on a daily basis.
Transition to bi-monthly payroll (twice per month) instead of bi-weekly. Government accounting systems generate billions of transactions each month matching monthly accounting data to the bi-weekly payroll periods. This change would greatly simplify accounting throughout the FY and especially at FY-end.
Stop investing so much money in contractors and invest in high school students following them through college. Have the students in the (technology field and other needed field) bring them on as student staff, learning our need and daily operation. Use their computer skills and knowledge to write programs that will benifit the Agency, in turn help them with their tution.
Since the IG is quasi-independent of their agency, why not cross-service IGs the way we cross-service other central functions (e.g., financial management, payroll, acquisition, HR services)? This would provide additional autonomy for the IGs and allow economies of scale for small agencies to share these costs.
I suggest that Federal Register Notices be submitted electronically. Today, we have to submit each Federal Register Notice with 4 paper copies, including one on yellow paper. In addition, each Notice has to be downloaded and submitted on a separate disk or CD. Notices cannot be aggregated on one disk or CD. The package then has to be mailed to the appropriate Agency official and then sent to the Federal Register Office.This ...more »
I suggest that you allow going further back into a persons job records and experience than just 5 to 10 years. Things do change but some not that much and a person seeking employment might have good experience in a job or trade. This might help them get employment.
plant community gardens that can provide locally-grown produce for the government agency. This will support the efforts of our First Lady and provide quality food at reduced cost for our chefs.
NASA has successfully used challenges to get technology breakthroughs (EVA gloves, lunar lander, etc.). Why not set challenges for software that the government needs as well. Large and even very small (within capability of university students) problems could be defined and awarded with cash when the successful software is submitted.
Standardize all government web sites to make it easier to locate information. Simplify government information sharing and discovery. Mandate the governmentwide use of the web architecture structure to promote standardization.
Currently the federal government manages millions of records, including medical records for current and past employees and contractors. If we establish a universal digitization method for these records, we can immediately reduce the cost of maintaining the original records. In addition, this would improve access to these records, including access to medical records for individual diagnoses and the use of cross category ...more »
My idea is based on working in downtown Washington but applies government-wide. It will save funds for core programs and/or deficit reduction and bring in supplemental revenue from recycling proceeds that currently go out into the trash. I think having annual, mandatory training of all staff (either on-line or classroom format) where an agency's energy conservation plan and recycling efforts are reviewed and discussed. ...more »
The current FEB program utilizes quite a bit of time from highly paid federal employees--time they could spend on their own agency. I suggest that there be FEB liasions who work with various agencies rather than have the office heads spend valuable time and money on the FEB. For example, the amount of time required of our office heads on the Combined Federal Campaign is incredible. Furthermore, as a federal employee, ...more »