Yes, believe it or not, the government still uses them. When I worked for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission not too long ago, every secretary had one and the agency spent Godknowshowmuch keeping them maintained. What's even funnier is that the sole reason they kept these antiquated dust collectors was so they could quickly date correspondence once it had been signed, as if a regular computer printer or a date stamp ...more »
I suggest the Border Patrol can save money when equipping new interns with their radios, GPS’s, binoculars, flashlights and other standard issue equipment by distributing these items at the Border Patrol Academy, directly to the intern, rather than shipping them to each Sector Headquarters, where the items have to be received, unpacked, and broke down, by class. The Sector LPO has to then create the 259 for each intern, ...more »
Employees should be granted up to 40 hours administrative leave a year to attend classes in State recognized or accredited colleges and universities. Currently agencies tend to weigh the course content with the employee's current job description. This prevents the employee from seeking to better their skills to apply else where in the Government. Employers benefit from encouraging self starters at all levels of the ...more »
Allow Loan Guaranty employees to work at home whenever possible. Our systems are all web based. Program participants work at home. This would save on parking, desk space, energy, and employees tend to be more productive. Great asset in time of crisis. RE:Oklahoma bombing, Katrina, DC snow and the list goes on.
Eliminate travel vouchers - move to centrally billed accounts! Perform a true Business Process Reingineering on the way that federal civil servants make official travel plans/reservations, and recoup personal costs afterwards. Too many automated systems in place now (including DTS) merely "pave the cowpath" by entrenching non-value added processes, and making it even more frustrating & financially risky for civil servants ...more »
We need to hire more lower graded employees to do clerical and administrative work and put the GS 11 & 12 CBP Officers to doing inspectional duties. This would remove an lot over overtime, as much as $12,000/day. If not hire new employees, then contract with a firm such as Administaff to do these functions.
I suggest hiring GS-5 or equivalent employees to do the routine additional duties and routine administrative tasks that many organizations have to do using GS-12 (or equivalent) and higher grades because their secretary/admin positions have been deleted over the years. This would also help put more people to work, but dramatically increase output by those that we pay higher salaries to (GS-12 and higher) for engineering, ...more »
The entire Department should be fluid with their administrative office procedures. If you move from one office to another, all administrative processing should be the same procedure. All bureaus in the Department should follow the same guideline for correspondence, personnel actions (easy to transfer from one bureau to another), payroll, etc.
I suggest that newly hired or transfered applicants not have to downgrade their clearance when moving to a new position. Allow job applications to have a "minimum" clearance qualification, but do not downgrade them if they happen to hold a higher clearance than is required by the job position. This higher clearance has already been paid for by taxpayers and makes employees more versatile. If a detail or temporary position ...more »
I suggest you re-evaluate the Federal Travel system. Under the current system, Feds are unable to take advantage of sales/deals offered by airlines and hotels. Often times, the federal rate is much higher than the sale/deal rate. Savings stemming from changes to the travel system would impact not only the budget for the Department of Commerce but all federal departments. As a specific example, I recently registered ...more »