Campaign: Legislative Branch

Excessive Fees and Charges through the Travel System

Excessive processing fees are needlessly charged and many times inflated prices for flights are billed to the federal government through the travel system. The government is charged for every voucher processed through the system. The simplest voucher that pays an employee a single per diem without hotel charges, costs the government over $13; and the travel agency did not do anything except their computer system was ...more »

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Campaign: Department of the Interior

Managers

Seek out incompetent managers: Not all managers are, but the ones that are tend to kill moral, usually succumb to showing favortism to unworthy employees. I would start by allowing employees to rate their supervisor's performance, and have it count on their appraisal every year, if there is no improvement, then demote them to a lower position with no authority and lower pay. Your team and or department is only good ...more »

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Campaign: Legislative Branch

180° Leadership Assessment

Allow employees to participate in 180° Leadership Assessments of their managers/executives as well as themselves during their Performance Appraisals. Creating a 2-way street (versus top down) could champion greater reward linkage to performance, collaboration, and communication amongst the whole work force. Utilizing an acceptable/approved universal electronic system across government to collect and share this data ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Homeland Security

BALANCING LIFE AND THE MISSION: COMPRESSED SCHEDULING IN LAW ENFORCEMENT

Over the past few decades, many state and municipal law enforcement departments across the country have studied the advantages and disadvantages of implementing a compressed work schedule (CWS) for their uniformed officers and agents. “Lateral thinking,” coined by Edward de Bono (1970) is a set of approaches and techniques designed to find radically new approaches to problems - to come at them from the side rather than ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Homeland Security

Sort SAVE Award ideas by common threads

There have been some wonderful ideas captured in the SAVE Award process. Also, many ideas are being repeated several times. It would be good to take a look at all the ideas and sort them by theme instead of agency and find the top ideas that way. For example, several people have suggested a post for recycling items that are useful, one was from NASA, DHS, and USDA. They all are suggesting basically the same thing, a repository ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Labor

Bring back a Civilian Conservation Corps Program

Creation of another CCC-like program for all of the jobless; instead of paying people to stay home, to earn the check they must work for the US in some fashion: building roads, teaching at schools, cleaning beaches, or even assisting in government agencies. Either a lot of good work would be done in the communities or a lot less people would want unemployment checks.

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Campaign: Department of Labor

Community service for Unemployment benefits

Unemployment benefits are costing taxpayers millions, and in cities, there is much work that needs to be done. The suggestion is for participants who recieve unemployment benefits; after a reasonble 6 weeks of benefits, in order to continue thier unemployment benefits, the recipient will provide 20-30 hours per week in community service to non-profits, city and state programs. This idea, will allow for the unemployed ...more »

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Campaign: Office of Personnel Management

Offer current federal employees cash retirement incentives

Offer cash retirement incentives for current federal employees who are eligible to retire. In 2007, OPM estimated that approximately 18% of the non-seasonal full-time permanent federal workforce was eligible to retire. By 2010 this was projected to be 36%. That is a lot of jobs and a significant source of federal spending. If the Federal Government offered cash retirement incentives (such as a $10,000 bonus) for those ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Defense

Jobs for Wounded Warriors - DoD Priority Placement Program

Provide Authority (through law, executive order or DoD policy), to place Wounded, Ill and Injured service members that are being medically separated into the DoD Priority Placement Program (PPP) to ensure they get a job if they need/want and qualify for one with DoD. Between 2001 and 2010 more than 189,000 military members were medically separated from service. The vast majority were not planning to leave when they ...more »

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Campaign: Office of Personnel Management

Consolidate Job Application Systems

There are too many job application systems dispersed throughout the government. Sometimes different agencies within the same department use different systems. While I agree that sometimes some systems are better than others, there has to be a more standardized approach. It should be mandated that unless there is a valid reason (i.e. national security), all federal positions should be listed in USAJOBS. I've seen plenty ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Labor

Bring offshored jobs back to America

Provide incentives for American businesses to hire the unemployed and welfare receipents for "minimum wage" labor. One Ideas is make up the difference, in tax credits or government subsidies, for the cost of hiring an American in replacement of currently employed offshore employees. Such incentives are needed for Americans to be able to complete with offshoring of jobs. This may also encourage the building of American ...more »

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