Department of Health and Human Services

HEALTH CARE PLAN SAVINGS AND INCENTIVES

I suggest a type of proactive incentivised system for health care that would operate in conjunction with the recently passed Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111-152). Incentives (monetary rewards) -for individuals in the private / public plans who not only get annual check-ups but follow their proimary care doectors generals advise and also follow the advise and care of any specialsists ...more »

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HEALTH CARE PLAN SAVINGS AND INCENTIVES

I suggest a type of proactive incentivised system for health care that would operate in conjunction with the recently passed Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111-152). Incentives (monetary rewards) -for individuals in the private / public plans who not only get annual check-ups but follow their proimary care doectors generals advise and also follow the advise and care of any specialsists ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Change who funds utilities

A problem I find often is that people do not think or care about energy usage because someone else is paying the bill. While energy is billed to the organization as a whole there is a lack of transparency to the end users. Just like when you start paying your electric bill at home, when you can see the consequences you will naturally conserve. Therefore energy funding should not be simply billed to an overarching organization ...more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Recurrent Electronic Penalty Payments

Allow recurrent electronic payments of penalties owed EPA, apparently not possible now, although it is with other agencies such as IRS. In many of EPA's administrative enforcement settlements, we are seeing a rise in installment payments of penalties. Allowing recurring electronic payments would save resources (paper, certified mail postage) and labor involved in issuing any demand letters for outstanding balances due. ...more »

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Department of the Interior

Energy Saving/Forced budget

I have two ideas: The first one is to cut the electricity as much as possible. We cut the lights in our building to save energy once in awhile, and work with emergency lights. This could save on electricity if we did it 2-3 times a week. The biggest thing is not to "punish" departments for not spending their budget. If a department doesn't spend the budget they are given, it shouldn't be taken away the next year. Maybe ...more »

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Department of Agriculture

Budgeting Efficiency

One of my ideas that could help save the Federal government money would be to restructure budgeting practices. To my understanding, many agencies currently must use all their allocated funds or risk losing unused funds for the next financial period. This leads budget managers to have the “use it or lose it” mentality which of course leads to lots of extra, inefficient spending in order that their funding not shrink. ...more »

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Department of the Interior

Federal Financial Software Commonality

I have worked for several federal agencies and have seen how contracting and financial systems work in each. There is a major disparity in the software the agencies use for these activities. It would be much more efficient and cost effective if all agencies were required to change their major overlaid financial systems into one system. This doesn't mean re-invent the wheel, because there are a number of them that are ...more »

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Department of Justice

Streamline the Voucher/Reimbursement Process

I suggest the travel voucher system be streamlined, by eliminating paper/hardcopy submissions. This would not only reduce the time for reimbursements to the employee, but create significant savings in the reduction of copies/faxes/mailings. The employee would be required to retain/make available all original receipts for a certain period after their submission, instead of sending to a central Finance Divisions, reducing ...more »

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Department of Labor

WORK ONE HOUR FOR FREE OR WORK ANOTHER EXTRA HOUR

I suggest to work one hour for free or work another extra hour during a work week. Maybe some people won't like this idea but the calculations will show that a lot of money can be saved and used for many useful projects. This idea can be even implemented as pilot project or during "hard times", like economic and financial crisises. For example, it can be adopted for three months and its efficiency can be calculated easily. ...more »

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Financial Reform

One Piece of Paper (per transaction) to Save Money and the Environment

My suggestion is that all transactions only require one piece of paper to obligate and pay. Right now many transactions require employees to make numerous copies throughout a transaction’s life for record keeping and audit purposes. One copy at the originating office, another copy with the approver, still another one with the obligator, one more with accounts payable, and sometimes even one with transportation or other ...more »

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Department of Education

Teaching in America

WE MUST DO MORE to motivate American school teachers to seek higher education and to stay in our public school systems. Stipends for attaining benchmark years of service experience; tax breaks for educators; MANDATE schools spend more on the kids in school than the citizens who refuse to or do minimal work yet draw social benefit checks. KIDS ARE OUR FUTURE and there is no better investment. I feel very strongly that ...more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Have the ability to see in real time complete financial status of projects

Managing projects efficiently has been a challenge at NASA White Sands Test Facility, or WSTF because required data was scattered across various databases and often was not current. The problem was solved by interfacing the different databases and consolidating the data in one location, named the Project Lead Task Order Status Report, or PL TOSR. The PL TOSR system generates real-time spending reports and allows project ...more »

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