Executive Office of the President

Compress the echelons of government.

From the front-line government worker to the President of the United States should not be more than a dozen or so steps. Like multilevel marketing, each echelon of the government dilutes the total value of the effort. Today we have organizations that provide no value to the public but exist solely to manage subordinate organizations. Compressing these echelons will also concentrate accountability and enhance effectiveness ...more »

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Department of Defense

Overseas limitation

The five-year overseas limitation should be eliminated. The rule limiting Department of Defense employees serving overseas should be changed. Capable, valuable employees should be permitted to continue to serve for a longer period. Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs would be greatly reduced, effectiveness and efficiency would be greatly improved with this increased continuity of operations. The increased turnover ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Stop Sending Unfunded Mandates

If efficiency of the service is the big push, stop sending agencies unfunded mandates such as the Multi-Sector Workforce Management edict.

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Legislative Branch

Political Appointments Reduction by 50%

Reduce the number of political appointees by 50% so that we can get on with the people's business when appointees are not in office to do the job.

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Department of Energy

Government Security Clearances Be Recognized By TSA

I suggest that Federal Employees who have a current Security Clearance that has been performed as a requirement for their job and includes background and national agency checks and interviews should be allowed by the Transportation Safety Agency to go through minimal security screening and that their HSPD-12 Government ID be used for expeditious service. This would enhance security, reduce TSA costs, improve customer ...more »

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Department of Education

Revised Complaint procedures

Revise OCR's procedures to require complaints to first be filed at the state level where similar laws and processes exist. This would greatly reduce the volume of work for OCR, enabling both reduced staffing and better focus on outreach and solving bigger problems not resolved at local and state levels. OCR already defers to local processes when they are pursued but needs to require complainants to use such processes ...more »

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Department of Agriculture

Refocus USDA OCIO Acquisition Approval Request (AAR) Process

Refocus USDA OCIO Acquisition Approval Request (AAR) Process The threshold for OCIO approval of IT purchases, as stated in ยง711, Title VII of the USDA Appropriations Act, is $25,000. Prior to 2005, this threshold was $250,000. To speed procurement (and thus more evenly distribute the procurement workload throughout the fiscal year), recommend returning to the $250,000 OCIO approval threshold. At an OCIO briefing earlier ...more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

mondernize mission support across federal government

Reorganizing mission support staff to a common supervisor and restating duties to allow functional specialization will increase government effectiveness at no additional cost, enabling organizational units to focus on their core mission more efficiently. Many federal offices are organized into functional teams of 100 people or more, and they require support staff to manage processes, IT, space issues, local budgets, human ...more »

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General Services Administration

Web Cam pilot to reduce travel

I would like to see a pilot project outift several offices, or an entire agency with Web cameras on desktop and laptop computers, evaluating whether quality of communications improved and costs and frequency of travel was reduced. If there were a webcam video "conferencing bridge" service, task forces and project teams could meet, from their desks and without arranging expensive teleconferencing suites.

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Executive Office of the President

Significant Improvements and Savings Across the Board in all Agencies/Organizations

Many of the suggestions here revolve around saving money on travel, reducing paper use, going green, etc. The fact is, one program (currently available to most if not all agencies) that can do all of these with reamarkably expedient turn-around time and will serve to make all personnel significantly more efficient. SHAREPOINT is the name and capability is it's game!!! As a process improvement advocate, mentor, consultant, ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Give the National Laboratories the Respect they Deserve

I suggest that our National Laboratories have a set budget so that their researchers do not have to spend most of the time marketing their expertise to the government government agencies. Treating the national laboratories as contractors lowers efficiency and effectiveness and compromises effective research and objectivity.

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