Department of Health and Human Services

Department of Health and Human Services

Resource & Return Program

There are many people who receive welfare benefits. They are having trouble finding employment. If they receive this benefit than they can also return this benefit back into their cities and communities. There are many volunteers needed to help in the schools ie sitting and listening to children read, work on math, file papers, clean up the highways anything. It is also helping them learn maybe a new skill by giving ...more »

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Welfare & Work

Everyone who receives a welfare check and they are able to work, should contribute in someway. A job should be given to those who are able to work, but chose not to. I know it may be hard to develop jobs that they could do, but it will be much harder financially for the Country if we keep paying out $$ without any return on investment

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Reduce workplace injury while increasing productivity via stretching

Aid physical ability to increase worker productivity and reduce workplace injury. Sore muscles and general aches are common, so why not take an idea from private industry, both industrial and office based, that have optional (and somtimes mandatory), calisthenics and stretching exercises openly available to its employees. For example, I’ve been in a manufacturing facility which provided their workers stretches and routines ...more »

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Reduce or Eliminate Executive Motor Pools!

Executive motor pools should be dramatically reduced or eliminated. Senior officials should use public transportation wherever possible, not government vehicles. The cost savings include less need for these: parking spaces, vehicle purchase, vehicle maintenance, personal drivers, and motor pool management. If public transportation is not available, they should conduct their business electronically, carpool, or use ...more »

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Personal Information in Medical Reach

I think time could be saved when we have a PIMR appointment and have to fill out the web base application of personal information before we meet with the Doctor. We should not have to fill out a paper copy of the same information that takes about 15 minute longer plus wait time for our appt. Redundancy should be cut to a minimum.

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Paper and Printing Reduction: Mega Ideas!!!

Lots of ideas to reduce paper and printing costs: Duplex (double-sided) printing default, no more glossy paper, print 2 pages per side of paper, reduce graphics, use most economical print font, no more personal printers, raise print consciousness via emailed policy and agenda item at all-hands meetings.

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Vampire Power demands vs. instrumentation power requirements in laboratory facilities

Vampire Power, i.e. wasted standby electricity as well as power requirements for lighting may be DWARFED by power demands for refrigerated centrifuges and biological safety cabinets, as well as other instrumentation that are kept constantly on in laboratory facilities such as NIH. Since most equipment will come to working temperature/environmental parameters in a matter of moments, it’s really not necessary to keep them ...more »

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Frequent Flier Miles

Per the Travel Policy for protocol (research) participants, who live > 50 miles from our campus, we pay for their (and in some cases a parent or guardian) roundtrip airfare from home address on file to our facility and back home again. While there are rules and regulations in place, to minimize the possible abuse of this travel policy, one area has been vastly over looked – which indirectly could otherwise be saving ...more »

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Require all future IT projects to use Open Standards

Developing new systems using open standards for IT projects would allow for future interoperability with numerous systems and decrease costs. It also allows future computer purchases to be vendor neutral. For example, it would allow users to not have to use IE6 on their computers for web browsing or buying Windows XP when free versions of software would work in its place.

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Programmable Thermostats

There government should require all buildings to use programmable thermostats. There could be a bulk purchase and the savings on energy would more than pay for the devices. There are already core working hours that should be set to efficient temperatures for the work environment (75-78 degrees in summer and 67-69 degrees in winter) and the temperature should be set to 80-81 degrees in the summer and 60-64 degrees in ...more »

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Medicare Fraud and Abuse

Medicare wastes more money than any other federal program, yet its strong public support leaves lawmakers hesitant to address program efficiencies, which cost taxpayers and Medicare recipients billions of dollars annually. For example, Medicare pays as much as eight times what other federal agencies pay for the same drugs and medical supplies. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently compared the prices ...more »

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