General Services Administration

CREATE CONSERVATION GARDENS AT FEDERAL FACILITIES

Achieve low maintenance, beautiful landscaping while saving precious water and money. Incorporate native and drought tolerant flora, native bunch grass meadow (instead of traditional lawn), mulch and weed barriers (retain moisture, reduce weeds), hardscaping (stone, wood, dry creek beds, paths, patios), recycled materials, and a water efficient irrigation system (drip emitters, smart water controller). Include signage ...more »

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Department of Commerce

Higher Education Bargaining

I propose that the federal government bargain to receive a reduced tuition rate when a pre-determined amount of federal employees are enrolled at a College or University of Higher Education. This will allow the government to save money while educating and training federal civil servants to perform their duties better.

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Department of Homeland Security

UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRATION SOLUTION:SELF FUNDED DETERRENT PREVENTING THE HIRING OF UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS

I suggest a new type of proactive solution in the form of an enforcement system to deter the hiring of undocumented workers (illegal aliens, deportable/inadmissible aliens) through self funded economic incentives (monetary rewards) generated by fines. It will encourage the public to report violators and discourage employers from hiring undocumented workers. A percentage of the fines levied on employers of undocumented ...more »

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Department of Education

Open-Access Web-Based Education Booster

A population that is well educated is a population that can make intelligent decisions. Currently there is a significant degree of separation in the levels of education in different parts of America. My idea: Make quality educational material available to everyone. Build a searchable website that is publicly edited (a-la wikipedia) by certified teachers. Break the website down by grade on the front page, and subsequently ...more »

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Department of the Treasury

Education Savings Bonds As They Were Meant To Be.

Make U.S. Savings Bonds simple and easy to understand to help people save and pay for a college education. Remove limitations affecting use of bonds to pay for college tuition and books so anyone who pays a child's college costs can receive the federal tax benefit. In other words, remove the income limitations, remove the age 24 restriction when purchasing that is used to determine eligibility, remove the restriction ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Develop a Career Futures Program

Develop a Federal Government futures program that encourages young, new federal employees to pursue training and education and gives them a defined career path. This would encourage them to stay with the government longer, thereby making the government's investment in their professional development more worthwhile. This type of program would also draw more desirable candidates to apply for government jobs, which would ...more »

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Department of Education

High School students to serve their country after graduation

What: After high school, graduates should serve their country for two years (AmeriCorps Vista, Army, Navy, etc…) Families will be able to choose the agency). After completion, they would either enter into a higher education institution, go into the workforce, or remain in the program. Majority of teens who enter into higher education after high school are not ready, disciplined and/or focus. The nation is spending billions ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Strongly encourage all Federal Prisons to grow their own produce and compost the excess waste.

There are many federal prisons that have enough space to effectively grow enough vegetation to reduce the amount of produce purchased from outside sources. This would also help the environment by decreasing the amount of fuel used to ship and transport produce purchased on a weekly basis. The compost would be an asset to the earth and help to replenish and stabilize nutrients within the ground. The consumption of ...more »

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Department of Education

STATE EMPLOYEES HELP THE COMMUNITY

I suggest you encourage State Employees to help with charities/community work monthly or have a quota done every 6 months (for example clean the community, teach writing/reading, help the poor, help builders...) Everyone should give a little bit back of their knowledge to the community but this should be compulsory to every department such as a 'duty'. This would help to save spending on training people...

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Department of Education

College Co-op Plan - A Loan Alternative

Rather than providing loans to college students, there could be a contract system. This system would help students pay for college in exchange for a manageable percentage of the student's future annual earnings for an agreed upon period of time. Students who chose fields with lower entry-level pay wouldn't be so overwhelmed with college loan payments. Inevitably, some students would not have to pay the full cost of ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

BALANCING LIFE AND THE MISSION: COMPRESSED SCHEDULING IN LAW ENFORCEMENT

Over the past few decades, many state and municipal law enforcement departments across the country have studied the advantages and disadvantages of implementing a compressed work schedule (CWS) for their uniformed officers and agents. “Lateral thinking,” coined by Edward de Bono (1970) is a set of approaches and techniques designed to find radically new approaches to problems - to come at them from the side rather than ...more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Smoke free Federal Buildlings and Offices occupied by Federal Employees

Make Federal Buildings and Offices occupied by Federal agencies/bureaus smoke free environments. This would include the area surrounding the building. As a result, it would decrease the number of employees taking smoke breaks during the day, ultimately wasting the tax payers money. According the the CDC, 21% of adults over the age of 18 are smokers. The average smoker takes 4-6 smoke breaks per day. If it takes 15 ...more »

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Executive Office of the President

Government Games - Example - "Immigrationopoly" for education and fun(ding)

I suggest "We" do something that will both provide non-profit income potential for each branch and or bureau of government for which the model of an educational game (ages 12+) may better learn the operations and functions of governement departments and bureaus. Originally my idea was based solely on USCIS functions for providing services to the patrons requesting services as non-immigrants, immigrants and prospective ...more »

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Department of Education

Student Career Path Aptitude

I suggest that every person who wants to go into a given health care career (EMT, nursing home care, nursing home administration, nursing of any kind, emergency room care, doctor, alzheimer's/dementia care unit, etc) find out before they get too deep into college/training if they have the empathy and caring to handle the rigors of the job they are getting into. How to do this? “Volunteer” and get student credit for ...more »

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