Social Security Administration

Streamlining the Overpayment Adjudication Process at SSA

I suggest you streamline the overpayment adjudication process. It would be more efficient to automatically address waiver in the adjudication of a claimant's challenge to an overpayment. This would reduce the number of hearings and ultimately requests for review. It would allow ALJ's to address all overpayment related issues in one step, instead of the current bifurcated process in which we handle overpayments and ...more »

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Department of State

Being brief and briefing

Brief why - So many words for a simple thing! Not wise. Briefing why - Good to catch up with short briefings from colleagues and supervisors! So here it is, my submission before the extended last day July 29th: Brevity in words not in work Improve work and relations Smile and have patience Gratitude for little things Seize the moment aspire to greatness More partners and friends galore Google and profile ...more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

FUND WATERSENSE! You know the VALUE OF CLEAN WATER, but do you really know its TRUE COST?

Similar to Energy Star, WaterSense is a voluntary partnership program developed by EPA that seeks to promote water efficiency and conservation through increasing the market for water-efficient products with demonstrated exceptional performance, while also encouraging innovative marketing low water-use practices. Also like Energy Star, WaterSense allows products that are tested and proven to meet EPA specifications to ...more »

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Department of Defense

Outsourse the Defense Civilian Pay System (DCPS) to National Finance Center (NFC)

The Defense Civilian Pay System (DCPS) is the standard Department of Defense civilian pay system. DCPS provides biweekly payroll services to approximately 800,000 Defense and non-Defense agency civilian employees throughout the world. DCPS payroll system software supports the Departments of Army, Navy, Air Force, Energy, and Health and Human Services; other Defense Agencies; the Executive Office of the President; and ...more »

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Department of Housing and Urban Development

Redesign the Section-8 program into a Transitional Housing Program

What: Redesign the Section-8 program into a Transitional Housing Program (THP). How: The idea is to transform the current program into a program that will help individuals and their families transition into independent status within 6 months. This program will restructure the Section-8 funding. Average families typically stay in the program for 2-3 years if not longer, and HUD currently pays market rate for this service. ...more »

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Executive Office of the President

CONSOLIDATE FOLLOWING RELATED OMB POLICY FUNCTIONS UNDER ONE OFFICE: ACQUISITIONS, ASSISTANCE, PRIZES AND CHALLENGES

These functions are related and efficiencies could be gained by having one policy office to focus on all of these areas. Federal acquisition management and federal assistance management are similar in that they both involve providing a substantial amount of funds to nonfederal entities and monitoring how those funds are used to meet specific objectives. Prizes and challenges are funded through grants, contracts, and ...more »

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Executive Office of the President

Federal Government Information Technology Best Practices Website

I have observed a need for a single, federal government best practices website for federal Information Techonology (IT) projects. The IT best practices website would include best practices related to IT related project management, requirements gathering, risks assessment, IT reference materials, systems testing information, systems training, systems security, and other established IT related best practices. By having ...more »

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Department of the Interior

Create One Centralized Contracting Office within DOI

Despite guidance of the FAR individulal contracting offices seem to interpret that guidance drastically differently... from agency to agency, CO to CO. While the FAR has not changed significantly in the recent past, it seems that the ability to get projects through the contracting process has become more and more cumbersome... almost to the point where, for some offices, its no longer "risk management", its only 100% ...more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Section 508 Office

Please set up a Section 508 office which can track widely used equipment and software so that agencies do not repeat each others work (buyaccessible does not do this). That office should also liasion with vendors to increase 508 awareness.

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Legislative Branch

Change Incentives

The current system for determining funding in all areas provides an incentive for people to waste money. It is very difficult to get the same level or more money for the next year, if the entire budget is not spent. This encourages people to spend all of the money even if they don't need it, not because they want to be wasteful, but because they might actually need a larger budget the next year. I suggest that incentives ...more »

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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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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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General Services Administration

Government-wide IT Umbrella Purchase Program

The government should setup a standard way of purchasing computers and electronic data systems. The amount of money wasted by not establishing site licenses for common software, or not purchasing off an agency specific contract is tremendous. Every agency sub-component seems to operate a different way and there is no common theme to the IT equipment used within government. This is also true of warranties. There is no ...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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