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Past Experience for the Job

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.

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Eliminate prior public display of FR documents

Eliminate placing Federal Register documents on public display one day before they are published. Most readers use the electronic FR. This event is a relic from when documents where paper-based and reporters needed to share the paper copies. I suggest that all items in the Federal Register be made public on the actual day of publication because everyone can view the electronic versions simultaneously.

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Agency Gardens

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.

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Digtical Records Storage

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 »

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Enhanced Energy Conservation and Recycling Initiative

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 »

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Get the paper out

We often can not retrieve a document from the FRC due to misfiling. Only archive documents of historical significance and electronically store all documents. Storage via PDF, Documentum or similar technology will save realty, emloyment and eliminate loss documents. Pass work and user security authorization would limit unauthorizied access and authorized documents could be accessed without removing the sole copy nearly ...more »

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Revamp Federal Exectutive Board

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 »

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Why not challenges for software?

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.

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Why not challenges for software?

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.

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Government best practices in information search and discovery

Publish a best practices search and indexing primer for all agencies to use to improve their own information discovery utilities. Some agencies offer better information search, discovery and retrieval services than others. This is often related to a better setup rather than selecting a specific tool as each search service provides for advanced indexing and configurations that are not leveraged by some agencies. Finding ...more »

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Standardized structure of government websites improve discovery and sharing

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.

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Decrease level of pay for certain positions to market value

The government needs to re-assess the pay rate of some of their positions and decrease them to market value levels. I am appalled at the ridiculously high rate of pay for some of the government jobs I see on AVUE. The link below is a prime example of this. This “Motor Vehicle Operator” position will pay someone $21.00 - $25.00 per hour for someone to drive a car - of all things. This position requires “no special ...more »

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