Department of Education

Denying Federal Benefits to Actively Wanted Felons

The Departments of Agriculture, Veterans Affairs, and Social Security have programs which deny benefits to persons who are wanted in other jurisdictions in local, state and federal databases for felony crimes. These absconders from justice may use the benefits they receive to further their escape from facing justice and also should not be entitled to tax payer funds until their obligations have been satisfied, this could ...more »

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Department of Commerce

Outsource

Federal employees are used to a stable job amidst an unstable economy. There are many proposals to allow more teleworking. Take the suggestion further by allowing the U.S. to outsource the jobs that can be teleworked. India has many highly qualified and well-trained staff. Entire corporations exist that allow U.S. companies to handle desk tasks from India. Save taxpayer money by allowing many government workers to ...more »

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Department of State

Government at all levels can Save Zillions of Dollars

Let us change how all levels all of Government, including Federal and State and local entities, approach spending at the end of each fiscal year. Organizations are afraid if they don't spend their budgets that money will be lost, job justification sacrificed, and their budgets reduced the following year. This fear strongly encourages a spending spree at the end of each fiscal year that results in zillions of tax dollars ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRATION SOLUTION:SELF FUNDED DETERRENT PREVENTING THE HIRING OF UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS

I suggest a new type of proactive solution in the form of an enforcement system to deter the hiring of undocumented workers (illegal aliens, deportable/inadmissible aliens) through self funded economic incentives (monetary rewards) generated by fines. It will encourage the public to report violators and discourage employers from hiring undocumented workers. A percentage of the fines levied on employers of undocumented ...more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Mandatory CWS and/or Telework based on COOP Plan

I recommend that all Federal Agencies make it mandatory for Non-Essential Personnel, based on their COOP Plan, to either have a Compressed Work Schedule (CWS) of 9 hour or 10 hour days and/or Telework one or two days a week. I believe that Non-Essential Personnel can still get their work done and work a CWS or Telework and it would not affect employee output based on an Agency’s COOP Plan definition of “Non-Essential ...more »

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Department of Energy

Government Security Clearances Be Recognized By TSA

I suggest that Federal Employees who have a current Security Clearance that has been performed as a requirement for their job and includes background and national agency checks and interviews should be allowed by the Transportation Safety Agency to go through minimal security screening and that their HSPD-12 Government ID be used for expeditious service. This would enhance security, reduce TSA costs, improve customer ...more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Government-wide Early Retirement and $50,000 Separation Bonus

Approximately 50 percent of Federal Employees are eligible to retire over the next five years. Notwithstanding, in recent years the actual number of retirements has been very low. The average age of Federal Government employees is now approaching 50 years old. Qualified individuals who are seeking employment from the outside are finding it very difficult to enter the Federal Government because most jobs are encumbered ...more »

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Department of Transportation

Travel & Transit Costs

Transportation is a major source of spending everywhere. Here are some problem areas that, if controlled, could reduce spending. - Better management of air travel costs. Seen a lot of that here, but it is good to reitterate. Allow for the traveler to find the lowest price possible, let them choose if they want to travel econ or business, instead of first class. Plenty of other costs associated with this that can be controlled ...more »

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Department of Transportation

Travel & Transit Costs

Transportation is a major source of spending everywhere. Here are some problem areas that, if controlled, could reduce spending. - Better management of air travel costs. Seen a lot of that here, but it is good to reitterate. Allow for the traveler to find the lowest price possible, let them choose if they want to travel econ or business, instead of first class. Plenty of other costs associated with this that can be controlled ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

BALANCING LIFE AND THE MISSION: COMPRESSED SCHEDULING IN LAW ENFORCEMENT

Over the past few decades, many state and municipal law enforcement departments across the country have studied the advantages and disadvantages of implementing a compressed work schedule (CWS) for their uniformed officers and agents. “Lateral thinking,” coined by Edward de Bono (1970) is a set of approaches and techniques designed to find radically new approaches to problems - to come at them from the side rather than ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Double dipping - retired and rehired.

I suggest you revisit the authorities for rehired annuitants and others that are double dipping. It appears that it is often abused and that senior Federal employees benefit from these authorities the most. Yikes! I suspect that the nation would be better off bringing in new talent in terms of cost. Yes, there are growing pains and training costs, but the govt as a large employer carries a big part of the responsibility ...more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Smoke free Federal Buildlings and Offices occupied by Federal Employees

Make Federal Buildings and Offices occupied by Federal agencies/bureaus smoke free environments. This would include the area surrounding the building. As a result, it would decrease the number of employees taking smoke breaks during the day, ultimately wasting the tax payers money. According the the CDC, 21% of adults over the age of 18 are smokers. The average smoker takes 4-6 smoke breaks per day. If it takes 15 ...more »

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Executive Office of the President

Outsource Federal E-mail services to the commercial sector

Companies such as Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and others offer Federal Government security compliant E-mail services at a fraction of the cost of comparible Government provided E-mail services. Requiring competition would result in immediate cost savings to the Government. Additionally, it would improve the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of Government information sent in E-mail. It would improve the processes ...more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Student Loan Repayment Not Applicable Until After Minimum Service is Met

Student Loan Repayment is available to federal employees but it is on a case by case basis. As a result, many agencies only provide it to specific positions that are either hard to fill due to expertise or for positions in locations hard to fill. The end result is a number of employees such as Engineers and Lawyers that get the Student Loan Repayment because of the competitive field of work they are involved in. These ...more »

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