Executive Office of the President

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

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

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

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

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

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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Legislative Branch

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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Legislative Branch

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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Department of Defense

Simplify the financial accounting system

Simplify the financial process by developing a SINGLE financial tracking system that can track all money distributions, obligations and expenditures. This should be as simple as looking at a personal bank account and doing personal reconciliations. Develop ONE method to provide funding across the Department and out to contracts and grants. Get rid of different types of MIPRs and suballocations and other distribution ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

End the End of Fiscal Year Wasteful Spending

End the "end of year" wasteful spending. Every September, federal agencies scramble to use up every last cent that they have been allocated and haven't yet spent. The budgets are set up in a manner that actually promotes waste because if the funds are not spent, the budget will be reduced in the following year. This results in extremely wasteful, last-minute purchases, without proper preparation, trial of products, ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Eliminate Budgetary Spend-down

Budgets are allotted to specific systems, projects, divisions, departments, all the way up to districts and agencies based on projections from the previous fiscal year's spending. This system has created an environment that promotes occasionally unnecessary and excessive purchasing without regard to value, source competition (when not required) or even sometimes need. Proposal: Analyze data collected over several years, ...more »

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Executive Office of the President

Mow and remove unwanted vegetation with sheep and goats where possible

Mow and remove unwanted vegetation with sheep and goats where possible. Natural vegetation removal through the use of sheep and goats wherever possible is something that could save the government millions annually, reduce pollution, maintenance, gas and oil requirements, while producing lean, healthy protein that needs to be purchased on a regular basis by the government anyway. With advances in portable electric netting ...more »

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Department of Energy

Pick the top 10 ten ideas to implement.

Pick the top 10 ideas to implement. There are alot of good ideas that people have submitted. Some people have been really creative and put alot of thought and effort into writing their ideas down. It would seem only appropriate to pick more than just 1 idea to implement.

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Environmental Protection Agency

Improving the Way Federal Employees Travel for Official Business - a Transportation Network!

I have an idea that could improve the way federal employees travel for official business. Many of us have regular travel needs, and due to budget constraints, we are limited to driving to our destination. The GSA fleet cars that are available to us are limited. Wouldn't it be great if people across the federal regional offices could carpool to our destinations? I envision a shared calendar or some other type of database ...more »

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