Legislative Branch

Voluntary donation program for employee bonuses

Federal bonuses are great incentives for performance, but it is also coming straight out of the taxpayer's pocket. To get back to the true spirit of public service, my idea is to establish a voluntary donation program for federal employee bonuses, particularly in the Washington, DC metro area, where pay grades are slightly inflated. Employees can donate any amount of their bonuses on a voluntary basis to 1. Federal deficit ...more »

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Department of Energy

School Donations

I taught physics in a public school in an inner city for 33 years. I never had enough folders, staples, speakers, computer components, filing cabinets, bookcases, magic markers, batteries, staplers, trash cans, erasers, paperclips, pencils, chains, scotch tape, glue, scissors, staple removers, magnets, sticky notes, electronic switches, pens, plastic document protectors, clipboards, electronic components, rubber bands, ...more »

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Executive Office of the President

Online Donations

A centralized online government donation page (i.e. Donate.gov). Potential donors could quickly and easily donate online via a credit card. This way donors are assured they are donating to a reputable location and meets the requests of hundreds of potential donors. This would open up new opportunities to accept funds, as well as free up man-power across multiple agencies that we already pay for. This could generate millions ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Reduce food waste and donate unused food from government cafeterias

Recent estimates indicate that 40 percent of the US food supply is wasted. A significant fraction of that food waste is generated by the food service industry as exemplified by government cafeterias. I suggest tracking how food is wasted in government cafeterias, determine how to reduce the waste, and divert unused food towards food banks or homeless shelters. In addition to improving the efficiency of government cafeterias ...more »

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General Services Administration

Regional Excessing Centers To Handle Federal-wide Disposal Efficiently

Centralize "excessing centers" regionally, managed by an appropriate federal agency (GSA, most likely). These giant centers will be equipped to store, analyze and manage excess equipment and materials for the most efficient disposal method, be it reuse in another agency, sale, recycling, destruction or donation. Have these excessing centers accept materials from the entire Federal government, including materials from ...more »

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Department of the Interior

Partnering the NPS with Local Communities through Food Donations

At the end of every summer season thousands of National Park Service seasonal employees and volunteers move out of their temporary government housing and move on with their lives. In their wake they must throw out items accumulated during a long summer season but unable to fit into their suitcases. Some items inevitably tossed out are food items. I personally have had this dilemma when moving seasonally myself. ...more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Tax DEDUCTION for Donated Leave

Federal employees are often asked to donate leave for those in need whose leave balances are exhausted. To encentivize such donations, I recommend that these leave donations be tax deductable. Granted, the employee that accrues leave does not get paid for that leave until it is used (or the employee retires), but if the employee would get a deduction for the cash equivalent of the leave donatation these donations would ...more »

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Department of Education

Donate surplus government property to schools

Agencies throw away, recycle, and otherwise surplus supplies that schools would be happy to receive. One example is the hundreds or thousands of three-ring binders that many contracting offices receive each year from contractors competing for contracts. These binders could be donated to schools, reducing the schools' costs for this supply. Another example is contractor-acquired property that must be disposed of at ...more »

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