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When Government rates are not the cheapest, the cheaper outside rate can be accepted.

Allow Government Employees to accept cheaper rates during travel. As of now when using Fedtraveler you are given government rates, but often those rates are not the cheapest. Tax payers dollars are waisted when I have to accept a flight through Fedtraveler for $500, when I can make my own reservations through Airtran or other airlines for $250, for the same flight.

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Faster, Better and More Cost-Effective Prescription Processing

I suggest the Department of Defense be required to use the Department of Veterans Affairs' Consolidated Mail Outpatient Pharmacy Program (CMOP) instead of using a private contractor and paying approximately 3 times what it currently costs VA to process the same workload for its beneficiaries. Based on the current DoD prescription volume, if only 30% of its prescription workload were moved to VA CMOPs, it would save the ...more »

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Printing

Each worker should have to pay for paper and ink that is used (through their respective departments). If we tracked paper and ink usage on an individual basis, this would save huge $ and cut down on printing that is unnecessary.

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Service Agreement Renewal Process/Medical Equipment

Every year we experience a delay renewing annual service support agreements with our vendors at the start of the fiscal year here at the VA medical center. These agreements represent service support of major clinical equipment. This often results in the need to solicit service on a "time & materials" basis, paying as we go. When the agreements are finally approved they're back dated, often several months, to coincide ...more »

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Health Care Savings for all government employees and Congress

Enroll all employees into the VA Health Care System, except for persons whose residence is geographically challenged to travel to a VA Medical Center. A portion of the projected health benefit costs could be appropriated to the VA to enhance services, where needed, for our veterans and our government employees. It would save taxpayer, and employees' families money, and send a message of confidence in the health care ...more »

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Create Idea Transparency (Indexing, Access) Across Agencies for All Federal Employees for Idea Survey Content

Why can't we centralize idea indexing and sharing? As more ideas are shared, so does awareness, realization, and growth of their unseen application potential. Many ideas may fit better elsewhere from their initial source. Taken from our wider Federal Knowledge Pool (developing innovation paradigm), more collective inspiration catalyst awaits if all Federal Employees could selectively read, sort, and filter across ...more »

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Recycling Among the Administrations

I'd like to propose all government offices mandate recycling and education for our enviornment. Contact local recycling and appropriate proper receptacles in breakrooms, designated smoking areas, administrative offices etc. memos to be issued & additional training for employees to be responsible to the environment we live within. The Orlando VA is successful with this and is to be the example.

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Automatic claimant letters

Remove automatic claimant letters from the VA systems by making them an option selected by the employee instead of automatically generated with no option to remove. Many a claim has multiple letters or requests needed to be performed and when 3 copies of the automatic claimant letter is generated for each and every request it does nothing but waste paper. Only one claimant letter is needed for each collective action (ie: ...more »

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Require that GSA Advantage be the primary vehicle for placing orders for office supplies!

Most contractors offer basic products at exorbitant prices—sometimes even greater than Staples. Since GSA Advantage compares prices from tons of small- and mid-sized businesses, you can EASILY order the cheapest available product from multiple businesses. I have cut down orders from $2000 to under $500 while getting the same product. Implemented government-wide, this can produce significant savings. After all, that ...more »

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Post 911 GI Bill saves $5mil/yr with monthly statements

Send monthly statements and offer e-statements for Post 9-11 GI Bill payments/benefits instead of a letter ad hoc for each action. It is estimated that the cost of sending letters to Veterans under the Post 9-11 GI Bill program is nearly $540,000 every month, or $6.48 million/ year, to send out multiple letters on an ad hoc basis to Veterans. This number could be reduced to $180,000, or 2.16 million/ year, or less in ...more »

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Accurate Procurement Reporting

In order to address each VISN's interpretation of the FAR, as it pertains to the Vendor Files, I suggest a clearly stated guidance. All vendors must be registered into the CCR for all procurements regardless of the dollar figure. This enables accurate reporting of spending. This will prevent errors that may delay payments and which could cause possible penalties payments

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Transportaion

i suggest that we get more ambulance and ambulette, wheelchair shuttles to transport patients instead of using outside contracters. We would save so much money at my location or have the speciality clinic doctors come to Lyons

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