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Reduce staff travel support for political appointees

Enforce a policy that limits the number of staff accompanying political appointess while traveling. In the past year I have witnessed, on multiple occasions, agency/department heads traveling with as many as 10 staff to locations where agency personnel are located. It is unnecessarily expensive and insulting to those of us located in these 'non-headquarters' locations because it demonstrates a lack of trust that we can ...more »

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Job Application Improvement

Eliminate the requirement to provide supporting documents for job applicants when applying for positions and require it only after an initial screening of eligibility. In addition to more documentation for HR to review (and protect) to determine eligibility, it solicits additional privacy information that could be avoided. For example, a current Federal employee who is a 30% or more disabled veteran has to submit: SF-50, ...more »

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Consolidate Leadership Training

This is the 4th government agency I have worked for and all of them have staff working on leadership programs. For example at ATF, they have a staff of 6 people working on leadership programs. Also, they contract out much of the work and it is very costly. This is redundant since they are under the DOJ and they're doing the same functions. Also, OPM has an excellent leadership program that all the government can use. ...more »

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Use Generic Letterhead and Plain Paper

My agency has customized letterhead printed for each of its major components. Instead, use a generic template for all to use and establish an agency-wide SOP on how to insert the organization's name. The generic letterhead should simply contain the agency logo, name, and "Washington, DC". If needed, add the website URL. Keep it simple. It's very costly to print reams and reams of customized letterhead. In addition, ...more »

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DO NOT SPEND MONEY, TRADE, REUSE.

Within the Federal government, current employees can be trade based on skills without the excessive paperwork; old furniture can be reused from surplus departments instead of having surplus destroy them; maintaining an Agency bldg. is very expensive why not such bldg. be used for meetings/conferences & provide the rest of the floors to colleges & universities to use such space for teaching/training students in the medical ...more »

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Ease Termination of Federal Employees Legislation

Each year the Federal Government spends millions of dollars paying the salaries and benefits of federal employees who are not performing. The process for terminating a federal employee who continues to fail to improve takes years and, often after having done all the proper documentation, still does not end in the termination of the employee. As such, government agencies are often forced to hire contractors to do the work ...more »

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Airfare Costs

I suggest we remove the practice of using a contract air carrier. In many cases, multiple non-refundable tickets could be bought at a cheaper price than one fully refundable ticket.

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Allow self initatied security clearence investigations

Establish a program to allow federal empolyees (and potential employees) to self initiate security clearence investigations at their own expense. Price the cost of the service at a level that will cover variable costs as well as offset some or all of the fixed costs of the background investigation process. Allow agenices to reimburse employees for these costs in the same way they assist with paying off student loans. ...more »

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Hiring practices

I think that hiring processes should be looked at as a way of saving money. I understand that people with disabilities, veteran's preference, etc are entitled to a job and should get some sort of hand up, however, 99% of the time when our agency is hiring and has to go through the proper avenues, the process takes an extremely long time and is very laborsome because many of those that have prefrence do not meet the physical ...more »

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Eliminate Neighbor Interviews from Background Investigations

How many people's neighbors know enough about them to form an opinion about whether or not they can be trusted with our Nation's secrets? The labor cost associated with performing neighbor interviews and similar activities as part of background investigations for government employees and contractors provides little return on the investment of taxpayer dollars. Hundreds of investigators knock on doors every day, but ...more »

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Rehired Annuitant Proliferation Control

Significantly restrict/regulate the prolific use of CSRS/FERS "Re-hired Annuitants" to assist reducing the current high un-employement rate, and net increased cost per Federal employee now holding affected jobs, while also encouraging senior valued workers to delay retirements.

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