To enable Information Technology capability to be delivered in a more timely fashion than exists today due to the timing of the budgeting process, suggest a separate appropriation for IT be established. The dollars should be no-year money and managed at the Deputy secretary level of an organization and available to meet immediate need. Transparency is key.
I suggest that we charge interest on loans resulting from overpayment of benefits when claimants fail to notify us of a change in their status. One example is when they resume work and continue to collect benefits while earning a full time salary. This will serve as a deterrent to individuals withholding information. Additionally, we should charge a fee for replacement of social security cards maybe then people would... more »
Eliminate the use of time-limited appropriations. The funds expiration incentivizes wasteful spending at year-end.
Introduce a spending moratorium on new, large IT programs for a year. Require agencies during this time to conduct a 100% audit review of existing IT programs during this timeframe with the aim of confirming efficiency, performance, progress, and spending. Validate funds programmed or requested in current and previous two fiscal years were actually applied for the intended purpose. Programs that have been renamed or... more »
I suggest that printers across ALL government agencies have the default printing mode be double sided. This would drastically reduce the quantity of paper used - both a cost savings and green w.r.t. to paper use reduction. Typically printer setups are defaulted to single sided or don't have the ability to print double sided. The average person doesn't think about using double sided, if possible, but would if the printers... more »
I suggest that contractors be made to foot the bill for mistakes and or goof up when working for government agencies. Contractors given the contract to renovate the main campus has evidently done something wrong and it appears that it will cost the agency lots of money and is inconvencing employees. What ever the cost, I believe the contractor should absorb the damages and not come out of agency funds.
Cost of electronic document storage: $20-30 GB/year?
Federal government electronic document storage per year: Infinite minus one?
Consideration given to using compact document types: One minus infinite?
Savings if agencies uniformly implement electronic document downsizing (e.g., from .tiffs, .pdfs, .bmp, etc.): A billion or so?
Many agencies have performance award programs. However, performance incentives like bonuses, when used, are often given to so many employees they quickly lose their financial significant and power as positive incentives. Worse, because moderate and even poor performers get awards of similar or even equal value to higher performers, the award system may actually discourage high performers and make them feel unappreciated.... more »
While the federal workforce has many talented and hard-working people, there are too many low- performers. Such employees are a wasted resource and an incentive program to improve their performance is urgently needed. However, remedying poor performance in the federal government is so onerous that many managers resist putting employees on performance plans and even fewer pursue their ultimate termination. To address... more »
I suggest a new invention to generate power like that of the wind turbine but with out the wind or water current. I believe I may have figure out how to do it, but I need help.
Stop re-naming government buildings, parks, and bridges that have already been named. This cost the taxpayers money because more often than not, signage has to be changed. This practice should be stopped.
Once every 3 years have early retirement and get rid of some dead weight who do no more than come to work and gripe..."I've been here for years, they're still not doing it right, they should do this, they should do that, etc. With this eager hard working younger employees can utilize their skills, agility, speed, and more ideas. You will then have a more productive Federal asset with a solid future.
Hi Mr President Obama,
Deport all illegal emigrates back to their own country. Then, the Gov will be doing a good job for Americans and saving lots of tax payers money. Thank U!
I transferred from one DOI agency to another. I have worked for the Federal government for over 12 years. Yet Homeland Security spent 3 weeks checking me out, which prevented me from doing my new job - I could not get on the computer. Eliminate Homeland Security checks for staff transferring from one agency to another. Allow me to bring my credit card with me to reduce paperwork and limits on my travel as a new employee.... more »
My suggestion is to update the computer system we currently use. This agency now has a daily "Workload Listing" that includes "To Do" items. An individual employee checks their workload listing first thing in the morning, and then begins their day by working on a task at hand that must be performed. Any time of day, a supervisor can assign an individual employee a "To Do" item that could be much more critical than... more »