Executive Office of the President

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Merge Departments to save money and find redundant programs

For better or worse, there is growing pressure to make the government smaller. One way to do this is to combine several Departments that logically fit together. By doing this, duplication, redundancy, and administrative costs can be reduced without significantly reducing services. For example, HHS, Education, VA, adn Interior can be combined into one large Department. Another Super Department would combine Agriculture, ...more »

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Department of Defense

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Incentivize DoD to Discontinue Year End Fiscal Spending Sprees (via MWR Percentage Return)

Issue: DoD year end fiscal spending in order to secure the same size budget for subsequent years is wasteful, but institutionally (if not legally) encouraged through a significant portion of the DoD. Solution: Deal with the issue at the Congressional level and force a revamp of the laws and regulations which govern this. Being a simple guy, here is a simple solution: Reward excellence and proper stewardship! Structure ...more »

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Change Incentives

The current system for determining funding in all areas provides an incentive for people to waste money. It is very difficult to get the same level or more money for the next year, if the entire budget is not spent. This encourages people to spend all of the money even if they don't need it, not because they want to be wasteful, but because they might actually need a larger budget the next year. I suggest that incentives ...more »

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Executive Office of the President

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All federal documents and shipping should be mandated to go USPS and it should go for free.

All federal documents and shipping should be mandated to go USPS and it should go for free. No federal agency should be required to pay another federal agency for services and we need to start with USPS, not charging other federal agencies for postage. Shuffling payments back and forth between federal agencies just adds to the cost of doing business. USPS is being subsidized from the federal budget anyway, why continue ...more »

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Department of the Treasury

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Pass your Budget Timely

Mr. President, if you and Congress would please pass the FY11 budget before the fiscal year begins in October, the IRS could hire and train new employees when we are slow. When the budget is put on "continuing resolutions," there is usually a hiring freeze. When the hiring freeze is lifted in March, it's a bit late to train & hire new seasonals to process our tax returns (and answer the phones, audit and collect, etc). ...more »

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Department of Defense

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Record obligations for year-end funds returned to the Treasury

Summary: Allow organizations to record obligations for year-end funds returned to the Treasury. Narrative: There is a clear need to address "use it or lose it" spending associated with expiring funds as noted in the many submissions to SAVE Award. There are practical limitations with carrying over funding and rewarding (or at least not penalizing) organizations for under execution. An alternative would be to allow organizations ...more »

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Executive Office of the President

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Oust the "Use or Lose" Funding/Budget Mentality

As we begin to close on the Federal fiscal year-end, the all too familiar rush of procurement packages have begun trickling in. Department Managers’ fear of excess budgeted funds being reappropriated in the next fiscal year should they not be spent is all too common. I’ve experienced the binge spending of excess funding year after year and suggest we curb this wasteful practice. I believe we should create a “bank” ...more »

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Department of Energy

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Small changes make a Huge difference....

Each year each Federal organization implement a similiar process locally. Employees submitt ideas on a "SAVE" award that are applicable to their own department or office. I think if every organization implemented just one idea within their own office then the cost savings will be huge. People will feel like their ideas are being heard and are welcomed. Morale could improve and teamwork could be more embraced. Ideas ...more »

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Legislative Branch

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Put unused money back to budget

I suggest that every financial year Federal Agencies will return unused funds back to the budget instead of using them all just because they were allocated for the Agency needs. This will prevent waste and ensure more efficient use of recourses. In addition those individuals should be monetarily awarded for the saving of budget funds thus creating incensitives to save.

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Put unused money back to budget

I suggest that every financial year Federal Agencies will return unused funds back to the budget instead of using them all just because they were allocated for the Agency needs. This will prevent waste and ensure more efficient use of recourses. In addition those individuals should be monetarily awarded for the saving of budget funds thus creating incensitives to save.

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Workfare Not Welfare

Require individuals and families work a number of hours each payment period to support their benefits. Consider this a service learning opportunity where everyone is obligated to help earn their income. Opportunities can exist in day care centers, adult day care centers, homeless shelters, cleaning parks and roadways. States, counties, cities, and communities are reducing staff due to the economic conditions and need ...more »

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