Department of Labor

Past Work Experience

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Campaign: Department of Labor

I suggest that you allow a persons work experience to go back farther thatn 3 or 5 years. Yes some things do change and so do procedures but not that much. One might have experience to land a job if their past experience can be checked into. There are so many people out of work and this could possible help them get employment.

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Improve management training to improve morale

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Campaign: Department of Labor

Improve EEO/employee union contract/ethics traning for managers and supervisor. Many have no idea when they are trampling on employee labor laws and right. This would save millions of dollars in EEO complaints, grievances, and improve employee morale. Managers should be held accountable once they receive training to provide a fair, unbiased, and non-discriminatory workplace. Stop managers from retaliating for legal ...more »

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Teen Incentives Programs

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Campaign: Department of Labor

I suggest that you have a program for the youth who are not yet old enough to work at a salaried job. There are many youth between the age of 12 to 15 who can do volunteer work at places like the boys and girls club and help with the meals, and assisting the staff in the classrooms during the summer. Instead of getting a salary they get paid with incentive items ie Mall Certificates, Pizza Places, Movie tickets things ...more »

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No cost solution to increase economic indicator accuracy

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Campaign: Department of Labor

We need to make those surveys used for primary federal economic indicators, mandatory. This would make our data collection process more efficient, and our estimates more accurate. This is a simple no cost solution to enhance statistics used across compared to other more expensive options. The benefits to policy makers and industry from understanding our economy that much better would pay in dividents through greater efficiencies. ...more »

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Reduce Mailing Costs

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Campaign: Department of Labor

Background: For many years DOL/MSHA/PEIR has mailed multi-part forms to mine operators and contractors that can be filled in and inserted in a return envelope. The information on the 7000-2 mailers consists of quarterly employment data and coal production data for coal mines. These submissions are required under 30 CFR, Part 50, Subpart D, Section 50.30. Mailing of the multi-part forms is considered a courtesy that ...more »

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Unemployment Benefits

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Campaign: Department of Labor

I suggest you remove unemployment benefits from individuals who are not actively searching for a job or refuse to take a reasonable job offer.

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Motivated employees lead to increased efficiency in the workplace

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Campaign: Department of Labor

Personnel are the bottom line. Various programs to motivate and increase morale for those in the workplace would ultimately lead to increased efficiency and more bang for your buck.

Look at this list of the 100 greatest companies to work for: http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/bestcompanies/2009/full_list/.

Would your place of work be on this list?

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If it costs 3 million to build a bridge make the bidder pay for the extras not the taxpayer.

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Campaign: Department of Labor

If the Gov't hires a contractor to build a bridge, pave a road or dig a tunnel into a major city like Boston, hold them accountable for everything including their own personal overspending. For example the "Big Dig" was supposed to cost 3 million dollars instead it cost over 13 million dollars. If they bid 3 million make them pay the other 10 million to finish the job, it's their own stupid fault for underbidding! Same ...more »

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Lose the Dead Weight, Hold Workers Accountable for Not Working.

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Campaign: Department of Labor

Hold people accountable for their actions. Why is it so hard to fire someone from the federal government? People always say "Once you're in, your in, you'll never get fired." There shouldn't be any truth to that, and yet there is. Get rid of the dead weight and spark a fire in workers to work hard for the money! Federal jobs shouldn't be cushy jobs, they should jobs where people want to work hard and implement change, ...more »

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develop a (green) jobs program to train unemployed workers for future job needs

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Campaign: Department of Labor

depelop a jobs program similar to the CETA program (an education training program) in the 1970s. The program was designed to provide jobs/training at universities, large companies, etc. The training /job would develop skills for jobs that are in demand, now and in the future. "green jobs" would be a good example of how the training could be applied.

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Paperless

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Campaign: Department of Labor

Paperless, paperless, paperless. There needs to be a government wide effort to reduce the amount of paper used/wasted. Great examples of this working is when DFAS started paperless LES statements or the Air Force started using the paperless e-invite program. Not only will this save a lot of money but it will benefit the environment.

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Civilian/Contract Workers

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Campaign: Department of Labor

Minimize the amount of contractors hired to perform duties that trained military members can perform. This would save money and allow fellow service members to obtain and or utilize their training at a much smaller expense to the Government. For instance, if there is need to have a Port Security Specialist at a unit, there is NO reason to have a civilian fulfill that job at 04 times the amount that a trained Petty Officer ...more »

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telecommuting

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Campaign: Department of Labor

I support the telecommuting for federal employee in D.C idea because D.C ares has topped #4 for the worst traffic city in the U.S.

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SAVE PAPER< TIME< MONEY

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Campaign: Department of Labor

All agencies that require paper drafts for review by another person could electonically send their draft to the reviewer for edits and release. Thus elminating less paper, less time spent reviewing, and less ink ,and less energy.

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Community service for Unemployment benefits

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Campaign: Department of Labor

Unemployment benefits are costing taxpayers millions, and in cities, there is much work that needs to be done. The suggestion is for participants who recieve unemployment benefits; after a reasonble 6 weeks of benefits, in order to continue thier unemployment benefits, the recipient will provide 20-30 hours per week in community service to non-profits, city and state programs. This idea, will allow for the unemployed ...more »

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Scratch Paper Saver

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Campaign: Department of Labor

Instead of using expensive legal pads to take notes during the course of the day, collect and use the back or blank side of left-over, non-sensitive documents (white paper). Put these sheets of paper in a small 3-ring binder to keep it together. Then, before you begin taking notes on the blank side of the paper, turn the paper to “landscape form” (i.e., the 11 inch side going from left to right and the 8.5 inch side ...more »

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Travel Facilitator

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Campaign: Department of Labor

Create positions within the Agency to facilitate Government travel for training. The individual would make all the travel arangements and facilitate the reinbursement of employees. The facilitator would select hotels and airfares based on rate and scale of facility. Ex. OSHA training institute in in the Chicago area. per diem for hotel is approx $155 per night. the facilitator could select and appropriate hotel ...more »

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Refurbish, Recycle, or Sell old office equipment

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Campaign: Department of Labor

In my office there is two rooms of office space filled up with old computers and other office equipment such as televisions, vcr's, projectors, and other items. Some of the items still work some do not. The items cannot be thrown out and I have been told that the process and paperwork to deal with this equipment is endless and takes years to have a decision made. This office is already short of room and equipment for ...more »

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Working Together

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Campaign: Department of Labor

There are so many Federal employees that are ready to retire. However, they do not retire, because they simply do not know what to do after they retire. It is just fear of change. Therefore, there should be a transition period. A person should be allowed to work on a term part time basis or even volunteer to train the new employee. This would give the agency a chance to have the new employee trained as well.

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PAY

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Campaign: Department of Labor

Allow Government employees to have the comp time that they deserve. When we work over 8 hrs a day,we can either have comp time or overtime. Overtimes is paid at time and a half but comp time is straight time. More employees would work for comp time if it were disbursed at time and a half as is the OT, which would save lots of money from different agencies..

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Picture The Product!

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Campaign: Department of Labor

So here's the situation: I'm a field representative for the Consumer Price Index, meaning I spend much of my time traveling from retail outlet to retail outlet recording prices of specific items, the same exact item each time I visit. Now there's generally no problem identifying the product from visit to visit. Butter is generally still packed the same way and in exactly the same place in a store. Ditto for spuds ...more »

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iPhone all the way!!!

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Campaign: Department of Labor

I suggest the US government should encourage iPhone users to store their federal regulations on their iPhone. The iPhone has an application called iBooks. It allows users to store their PDF and non-PDF files on their iPhone. iBooks will automatically convert those files into a book format and users can then read it on their iPhone anytime they want. Best of all, this application doesn't require an internet connection. ...more »

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