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: 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: National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Have the ability to see in real time complete financial status of projects

Managing projects efficiently has been a challenge at NASA White Sands Test Facility, or WSTF because required data was scattered across various databases and often was not current. The problem was solved by interfacing the different databases and consolidating the data in one location, named the Project Lead Task Order Status Report, or PL TOSR. The PL TOSR system generates real-time spending reports and allows project ...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 Commerce

Survey to Uncover Incompetant Managers and Improve Productivity

Survey line office employees to understand the problems they face. Many managers in government are great. But federal jobs can also be a refuge for incompetance. When that incompetance gets into management it is devastating to productivity. Survey the lowest common demnomenator in federal jobs to find out what they are collectively thinking. The benifit will be improved productivity and morale.

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Campaign: Department of Homeland Security

STOP RENTING BUILDINGS AND BUY THEM!!!

The Transportation Security Administration has been occupying the same rental space (office buildings) since 2002. If the government would decide to BUY a building to house federal agencies, for their office space; that would be smarter financially for the future. Airports have been located in the same geographical areas for years; purchasing a building for office use, is just smarter business, in regards to saving ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Agriculture

Fix OCIO (IT OR ITS)

The ITS Staff we have in this state is swamped with work; when we pay $3500/year to service each computer and don’t get things fixed it slows us down. Therefore we can’t do our job effectively, which in turn, wastes taxpayer’s money. It seems ineffective to pay so much money per computer when we have to wait long periods of time to get things fixed and do our job properly. I have spent many hours with IT trying to get ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Defense

Flatter not fatter

Often when cuts come, managers and high-ranking officials eliminate at the bottom. If the employees at the bottom aren't performing it is because there is bad management and hardly any leadership. We need to stop hiring weak and incompetent manages, but rather we need to hire managers who can manage, lead, and have vision for moving an organization forward -- they must be change agents. I want to make a difference ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Transportation

The Ability to Fire Under-Achievers

Coming from public industry, I am shocked at the lack of work ethic most government employees have. "Secure" jobs translates to putting forth minimum effort and not being fired for it. This would never happen in private industry, and quite the opposite, if you see a co-worker lose a job for under-performing, you're going to work harder to ensure you're not next. The government needs to do SOMETHING to be able to fire ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Agriculture

Telework LIbrary/ Telecommuting Station

Government offices considering a new telework program should factor in that those employees will at some time need to report in person. A telework library could be set aside to allow a rotation of those employees who will not have a regular desk. This will help to save space when figuring the budget. In addition retirees could be utilized in telework positions as sources for advice according to their expertise and monitored ...more »

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