Legislative Branch

Public service: save taxpayer $ by easily doing more with less

A significant amount of money, in actual costs (purchase-price) and variable costs (personnel time, supplies), are wasted via sloppy procurements and how internal documents are stored/organized. And, the government needs to reward the personnel who create solutions that provide measurable/significant increases in productivity. PROCUREMENTS My personal experience is that acquisition planning is non-existent despite tens-of-millions ...more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Meeting Cost-Benefit Gadget/Tool

I suggest you develop a (Google-like) gadget in which meeting administrators can enter the number of participants and an estimated average salary burn rate. Like a timer, the gadget tool would display the number of tax dollars being spent. Although simplistic in form, meeting chairpersons could use this information to improve meeting efficiency with quick and visible cost/benefit assessments. The ability to determine ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Free up the Prisions

Bring back executions for serious crimes such as murder, rape, child molestation and have the sentence carried out within a short time period, there are people on death row for years eating into millions to keep them there only to put them to death, and deport all the Illegal aliens that are in our prisons, they could not abide by our laws send them home.

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Department of Homeland Security

Solar Power and Eco-friendly facilites and equipment

We could save millions of dollars in costs just by building better facilities and improving existing facilities and equipment to be more eco-friendly. Currently the El Paso Border Patrol station is an example of the improvements that can be made in this area by using eco-friendly materials as well as solar power which currently supplies almost 20 % of the stations power needs. By utilizing solar power for facilities ...more »

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Department of Defense

TEST PRIOR TO HIRE

I suggest you require all applicants for government jobs to drug test PRIOR to hire, which will save funds that would be expended on bonuses, training, travel, etc. For example; enlisted military recruits are drug tested at Recruit Training, which is AFTER the government has paid for personnel travel and household goods storage. And when these recruits fail the drug test, results are typically reported after more than ...more »

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Department of the Treasury

Change Maximum Number of Annual Leave Hours Earned from 8 to 6 and Save One Billion Dollars by the End of Calendar Year 2011 wit

According to government statistics, the federal government employs over 2 million civil employees that earn an average of $74,403.00 annually or $35.77 hourly. The federal government could reduce spending (increase savings) by $858,480.000.00 (almost $1 billion) this year if it changed the number of annual leave hours earned per pay period from eight hours to six hours. This figure is based on ΒΌ of the employees being ...more »

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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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Executive Office of the President

Leverage FFRDC SMEs to

Government needs help from the private sector in applying aggressive Risk Management practices to the procurement, development and implementation of complex IT solutions. Some FFRDCs are empowered by the FAR to provide conflict-free advice in honest brokerage roles to government leaders faced with complex IT challenges. I suggest you engage SMEs from those FFRDCs as objective reviewers of most aspects of riskier IT acquisition ...more »

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Department of Defense

BLUETOOTH EAR PIECE FOR GOVERMENT BLACKBERRY'S SAVE MONEY AND LIVES

At the present time in the DoD you cannot have a blue tooth ear piece have access to a government Blackberry, yet almost every base has a policy the prevents talking on a phone (including a Blackberry) in a government vehicle without one. I know this is a security issue, but if you can Bluetooth a CAC reader to a Government Blackberry you can Bluetooth and ear piece without a higher security risk and lessen the safety ...more »

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Department of Transportation

OpenAir: let employees/agencies find the best airline fares

I suggest federal employees be allowed to arrange their own airfare, like they're able to do for hotel reservations. After booking tickets for a recent conference, I was frustrated by the fact that the tickets I purchased through the government travel agent (ADTRAV) were about 25% more than what I could get if I booked a similar itinerary myself through either airline websites, or fare aggregators (e.g. kayak.com). I've ...more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Grievance Process

I suggest that the government employee grievance programs and procedures be changed to always use disinterested investigators and judges. The current practice of handling grievances internally at the lowest possible level requires people with some possible culpability for a problem to incriminate themselves, or their close associates. To them, the grievance is the problem and the solution is to retaliate. One is free ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Inefficient Computer Components

The majority of computer components within our division consist of huge power (wattage) consuming machines. This leads to higher energy costs per employee which consequentially affects the carbon output within our work locality. From research, there is evidence to suggest that our current output in terms of power exhausted could be mitigated by purchasing energy efficient computer components in which make up the computer. ...more »

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Department of Commerce

Department-wide Cataloging & Price Negotiation for Subscription Services

I suggest a catalog of information and data subscriptions (e.g., newspaper subscriptions, subscription-based research and analysis services, etc.) used by agencies be compiled, to be used to eliminate overlap and to negotiate discounted group pricing for subscription-based assets. Rather than having individual offices negotiate subscriptions to newspapers and data sources, the government could potentially save hundreds ...more »

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Department of Agriculture

Replace sole-source contracting with open market purchasing

Summary: Allow purchases to be made on the open market, with the purchasing decisions made close to the end users of the products and services, but provide services that empower purchasers to make better purchasing decisions. Immediate Actions: Eliminate mandates to use contracted products and services. Allow government purchasing agents to buy on the open market as easily as they can through government contracts. ...more »

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Legislative Branch

The Air Program Information Management System (APIMS) Implemented Federal Government Wide for Implementing Executive Order 13512

APIMS is an Air Force owned IT system, specifically designed to do Air Emission Inventories (AEI) including Green House Gas Inventories. I has the capabilities to do Scope 1,2 & 3 as it applies to these inventories, it is a web based system, fully accredited and secured and hosted at DISA Oak City. With the standizing of algorithms, naming convention and scope requirements already available, this truly makes APIMS the ...more »

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