Legislative Branch

Transparency in contracting costs.

Transparency in contracting costs. Require all federal contractors to provide a statement on proportion of profit, administrative, security related overhead costs, and average salary of contracted employees in the RFP submission. OMB publish on website for all contracts. OMB provide benchmarks for each category for comparison and require any contract to be within a reasonable range of the benchmark. Provide incentives ...more »

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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 Defense

Time to bring "Joint" to the rest of DoD activities.

For some time now, the military has "fought the Joint fight" with great success through the Combatant commands, but the back home processes retain much inefficiency due to service specific stovepipes. I'd propose that the individual services can have better focus on each of their "Organize, Train, and Equip" functions by spinning off two parts of their activities to functional organizations akin to TRANSCOM - although ...more »

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Department of Transportation

Air Traffic Control

There are large expenses in maintaining air traffic control towers - hvac, facilities, engine generators, etc. Also, air traffic controllers are paid high salaries. NATCA would like you to think they are suffering and poor, but the public is not that ignorant. With today's high speed technology and redundancy capabilities, it is possible to simply have a few poles with video cameras placed around the airport, instead ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Eliminate the individual surge protectors

Use building wide surge protectors for office automation areas rather than individual surge protectors. They are much less expensive (than dozens of individual units) and are more effective at controlling surges. Most surge protectors in use are either worn out or undersized.

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Legislative Branch

Use Federal Employees/Military Members to augment the Air Marshall force

Since 9/11 the US Government has been expanding the number of Air Marshalls on airline flights. I believe that there are a large number of Federal Employees/Military members that fly as part of meeting there agency/organization mission. A training program to bring the needed skills to these personnel could expand the pool of available Air Marshalls dramatically. Obviously there would need to be a rigorous testing/approval ...more »

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Department of Education

MANDATORY SCHOOL UNIFORMS FOR ALL PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN THE U.S.A. (ELEMENTARY, PRIMARY, H.S.)

We all need to get in the habit of playing our part environmentally by reducing, reusing and recycling our waste, and if it has financial benefits then it is an even bigger bonus. If school uniforms were mandatory in every state, parents should be and would be encoraged to reuse and recycle unifroms and school sports kits because is GREEN AND SAVES MONEY! Also, school uniforms are a possitive impact on the learning enviroment. ...more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Operate the Federal Health Insurance system like a contract.

Instead of having so many choices in the Federal Health Insurance program, issue a 5 year contract (Base year and 4 option years). Select the top 5 providers based on price and benefits (including Dental coverage), each year the providers would be rated by the federal employees which have selected that specific provider, any provider receiving an unacceptable rating would not have their option renewed and a new provider ...more »

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Department of Energy

restructure save award to make it REALLY count

Restructure the save awards to automatically group like ideas into one category. The categories would be broad (i.e.: telecommuting, lighting, IT energy use, etc. ). Voting would be based on categories. There are too many similiar or identical ideas submitted (and voted for or against) and many that have already been implemented by many agencies. This award should be about BIG changes that would have significant benefits ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Eliminate Redundant Resource Requirements - Save 20% on Administrative Overhead

Currently, there are multiple functional roles that duplicate unnecessarily within DHS. Congress should provide the Secretary with the authority to reorganize support organizations to align in a more function efficient structure. Centralizing support organizations such as construction management, facilities management, fleet management, human resources, acquisition management, IT services and other roles that require ...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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Department of Defense

Commanders'/Directors' Coins

I suggest Commanders' coins and Directors' coins only be permitted at the General Officer and SES level, and only presented for extreme merit. Currently, they are ordered in large lots at Government (taxpayer) expense by officers, NCOs and civilians of all levels, and presented like candy to everyone for anything.

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Department of Labor

Community service for Unemployment benefits

Unemployment benefits are costing taxpayers millions, and in cities, there is much work that needs to be done. The suggestion is for participants who recieve unemployment benefits; after a reasonble 6 weeks of benefits, in order to continue thier unemployment benefits, the recipient will provide 20-30 hours per week in community service to non-profits, city and state programs. This idea, will allow for the unemployed ...more »

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