Department of Defense

Get Serious About Base Realignment and Closure

Get serious about BRAC - we have too many military bases where there is no operational mission - many with the overwhelming population of employees being contractors. Putting an umbrella over several bases and calling them a "Joint Base" generates limited savings and saying you closed a base, only to now call it an "annex" to another nearby base offers limited gains, as well. The intent of base realignment and closure ...more »

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Return politics to being a "service" not a career.

Reduce the salaries of Political Positions. Political service to our country should be volutary "service" i.e. because you want to do good and give of yourself, not because it's a cushy fat paycheck. There are some Key Political Offices that should earn a salary that's somewhat compensatory...but not of itself a career maker. Congress/Senate positions should be "service" positons with exception of maybe certain commity ...more »

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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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Employees' Report Card on Programs for Congress

As government contractors and employees that actually spend and account for the funds that Congress give us, we ought to be able provide some feedback (perhaps a website like this) with a report card (quanatative) and twitter-like comments (qualitative) on programs that do and do not work. Maybe this way, Congress could actually see what programs are getting results and which ones are a waste. Then they can choose to ...more »

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Stop spending money we don't have!

Stop spending money we don't have! As a financially responsible individual, I do not buy things I cannot afford. Since Congress is using my money, I expect them to be as responsible with it as I would be.

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Department of State

Congressional Protection to Break Leases When Travelling on Orders AND Student Loan Deferment for War Zone Diplomats

Foreign Service officers should be entitled to the same Congressional protections enjoyed by our military. For example, military members on orders must be released from a residential lease contract to allow them to leave when ordered and may not be charged for the rest of the month's rent or endure penalties. Additionally, hotels, housing, and airlines should be prohibited from having a "Government Rate" that is actually ...more »

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Office of Special Counsel

Reform whistleblower laws to enable safe disclosures and save billions

Amazingly, there is currently no way under present law that a federal employee, even one working in an investigative capacity, can safely advise Congress, or the public, of a gross waste of funds, a clear violation of law, rule or regulation, or an instance of gross mismanagement or corruption. If because of improper political influence the agency covers up the matter, the only legal procedure is to file a complaint ...more »

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Congressional Reform

THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS AND SENATE!!! 1. Term Limits: 12 years only, one of the possible options below. A. Two Six year Senate terms B. Six Two year House terms C. One Six year Senate term and three Two Year House terms 2. No Tenure / No Pension: A congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office. Congressman will acquire their own personal home. A housing ...more »

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Slum Lessons: Environmental Sustainability, a Return to an Educated America and a New Paradigm

Take the Congress and the Executive Branch to live in a poor neighborhood in a developing country for a week (e.g., India). What will they learn?: - how little energy, materials and housing it takes to actually live comfortably; - an awareness of how most people on earth live and how unsustainably we Americans consume; - how few opportunities exist there and the consequent intense focus on education as the ticket to the ...more »

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Elminate Conflict of Interests - too many lawyers

Too many lawyers in congress has created a conflict of interest, as a result lawyers pass laws for lawyers. "The cat is protecting the canary". Government by the people needs to return. The parlimentary constitutional model has been forgotten. The legislature is out of touch with the people. Its a place for proven sucessful business people, not for lawyers. Legistation should be hammered out to provide incentives ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

FEMA Processing of Congressional Inquiries

I suggest creation of specific data section for Congressional Inquires FEMA processes. Based on FEMA Preshift dated 4/22/2010 that is partially copied below "CONGRESSIONAL INQUIRIES Caseworker should review the Events Log and the Correspondence Tab to identify when a Congressional Inquiry has been initiated and resolved. If there are no comments in the events log that clearly outlines if a Congressional Inquiry has ...more »

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