Legislative Branch

Save $20M+ annually - Electronically Print & Deliver Congressional Record

The Congressional Record cost tax payers $28,390,000 each year to print and deliver to Congress. If converted to electronic format, voice and color enhancements could be added simultaneously with electronic dissemination to significantly reduce these costs in the millions of dollars. Additionally, speedier dissemination (via email, RSS Feed, special website, etc.), authentication and preservation would be guaranteed ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

PRUNING THE WORKFORCE-Eliminate MRA...allow 30 and out like Military

Like any robust thriving plant, the government workforce needs a pruning. Recommend providing 3-5 years additional time to employees tenure who have reached 30 years service but are still short of Minimum Retirement Age (MRA). If an employee accepts the added time which puts them at MRA and 30 years service, they must execute retirement option within 6 months. This would allow a new generation, in particular the war veterans, ...more »

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Social Security Administration

Establish a "Family Maximum" for SSI

As we do have "Family Maximum" rules for entitlement programs, why not one for eligibility programs? States have established levels of eligibility for households on Public Assistance already. We should adopt or establish similar rules for the SSI program. It will reduce the amount of cash payments currently being made.

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Social Security Administration

Get SSA out of the Attorney Fee processing business

Instead, when someone chooses to be represented and is awarded benefits, send the entire retroactive payment to the attorney (or other) representative on account of the person---like private companies and insurance payments. There are Bar Associations and rules that attorneys must follow and be in compliance to practice law. Get SSA out of the business and save the administrative cost.

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US Agency for International Development

Twenty-first Century Job-sharing

Job-sharing - Promote it! Have HR and technical management work together to help parties create these teams. There are many near-retirees, juggling parents, colleagues strapped with elder-care, persons who want or need to live outside of the region, etc. that would sign up for job-sharing. A number of federal employees stay on the job because they don't want to lose health and retirement benefits but are frazzled. ...more »

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Department of the Treasury

Combine Requests for Information to our Customers: i.e. Return Census and Tax Forms Together

The same information is often requested from multiple agencies (name, address, dependents, and income). Where possible combine forms across agencies to consolidate the requests we make of our customers. Immediate benefits will include: • Consolidate requests to our customers (in 2010 we submitted our tax and census requests within weeks of each other) • Reduce duplicate envelope cost, a more “green” approach • ...more »

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General Services Administration

Train Locally – Use Existing FEB Training in 28 Locations Across U.S.

Large cost savings could be gained if federal leaders were encouraged to train their employees in the cities they work. Approximately 88% of the Federal Workforce is located outside of Washington D.C. This is better for the environment and will save the federal government in travel and per diem costs. Federal training already exists in 28 large cities through the Federal Executive Boards (www.Feb.Gov). FEB sponsored ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Elected Public Officials CAN NOT be allowed to give themselves Increased Benefits and Pay without public approval

Elected Public Servants can not vote for their own pay raises and benefits.

 

If a public election put someone in office then a public vote should be required to approve any increases to salary, bonus, holiday, health, and retirement benefits.

 

A government of the people, for the people, by the people, not the privledged.

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Department of Education

Coordinate death records with SSA payments

Currently, the Social Security Administration continues to pay benefits to the deceased until someone notifies them that the person is deceased, at which time they stop payments and try to recoup any payments made after the time of death. Coordinating death records with SSA would save money currently spent on making and attempting to recoup these erroneous payments.

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Department of Agriculture

Optional lump sum transfer of station benefit payments

I recently accepted a new job and was fortunate to receive the governments quite generous relocation benefits. These benefits were so generous, they cost American taxpayers approximately $140K. I suggest providing an optional lump sum relocation benefit for employees and let them handle their move on their own. I would have gladly accepted a lump sum payment of $75K and would have fared much better. Lump sum relocation ...more »

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Department of Labor

Forward Moving -- Focus On High Unemployment Rate While Benefiting Local Communities

With over 450,000 initial Unemployment Insurance claims filed in the week ending July 3 and the number of Unemployment Insurance claims now totaling over 4 million, we should be looking at forward moving ideas that focus on the unemployed and the communities in which they live. I propose including a requirement of performing community service while receiving unemployment benefits. This will not only benefit communities ...more »

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