Department of Defense

Focus on an individual's stengths rather than weaknesses

Encourage every individual to take the StrengthsFinder Profile and discuss thier results with their supervisor and team members. Identify, then focus each individual on their unique talents, how they can turn them into strengths by gaining skills and knowledge, and deliberately place them into positions which allow them to play to their strengths most of the time. Based on a large scale research study conducted by Gallup. ...more »

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Department of Transportation

The Ability to Fire Under-Achievers

Coming from public industry, I am shocked at the lack of work ethic most government employees have. "Secure" jobs translates to putting forth minimum effort and not being fired for it. This would never happen in private industry, and quite the opposite, if you see a co-worker lose a job for under-performing, you're going to work harder to ensure you're not next. The government needs to do SOMETHING to be able to fire ...more »

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Department of the Interior

Get the forms after the job offer!

The department’s HR system requires users to apply on-line and submit hard copies of forms to HR. Other departments have the applicant submit the forms after they are selected, thus reducing the burden on the applicant to submit forms and wasting paper, time, energy and resources. If the department still insists on sending forms, then they should at least do away with form they already have i.e. SF-50, veteran status ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Consolidate Healthcare Provider Credentialing

I suggest you...Standardize the credentialing process for healthcare providers (Dr.s, PAs, Nurses) across all federal agencies (DOD, VA, IHS, even Medicare), so once you are credentialled you are done. Then if you transfer facilities or agencies there would be a quick way to check and onboard new employees. This would save huge administrative costs and costs associated with delays in the hiring process.

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Department of the Treasury

New Technologies For Human Resource Offices

The 21 century has new technologies. I think the human resource offices (behind new technologies) they need to do more e-business because they used too many paper within our office. They can use new technologies to save paper and money. For examples: e-performance, send the special event posters by email, post it to our website or other way to display electronic format within treasury buildings (1801 L street, 1750 Pennsylvania, ...more »

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Department of the Treasury

HRLoB Shared Service Centers

I work for an OPM-designated HRLoB SSC (one of five Federal entities so designated). There are many Federal agencies, bureaus, commissions, etc, that have not yet migrated their HR activities to one of these HRLoB's. OPM should issue a mandate to them to seriously begin looking for a HRLoB home, and give them a 2-3 year deadline within which to make a decision, not necessarily to actually migrate to one, but to make a ...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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Department of State

Increase the time frame for issuing travel orders to 60-90 days prior to departure for post.

increase the time frame for HR to issue the travel authorization/PCS orders from 30-60 days prior to leaving for post to 60-90 days prior. This way, even if the orders are delayed, there will still be enough time to get everything done so that personnel can get their visas and other requirements completed and show up at post on time. At present there is an incredible amount of wasted time and effort spent working around ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Alternate method of filling vacancies

I propose a better way to fill job vacancies than the current system. Have the person requesting recruitment for a positon provide HR with a list of eligibility criteria for the person filling the position by three levels; exceptional, good and satisfactory. Display the eligibility criteria on the agency intranet and allow all persons who believe they are qualified to self nominate. Eligibility can be determined by a ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

PD Classifications

I suggest that HR keep the master copies of all PD's that they classify. They issue each PD a number and then when requesting a promotion or a recruit and fill job, the requester supplies the PD number and position number for the already classified PD that is on file. Currently our personnel office (IHS) requires that the PD be suppied for each request and then it is sent to a classifier to be classified. If the PD ...more »

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Change HR rules to allow "temporary staff" to apply as an "internal" candidate. Tap into a pool of already trained staff who lov

Promote staff satisfaction for making exceptions for the "temporary staff" status to apply to positions as an "internal candidate." The VA's hiring system is very difficult and point-based to "get in" so I am guessing that many staff take "temporary status" positions hoping to get a "foot in the door." Once they love the mission, are fully trained, and know the system, they cannot apply like an actual employee. They ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

HR PD Classification

I suggest that HR keep the master copies of all PD's that they classify. They issue each PD a number and then when requesting a promotion or a recruit and fill job, the requester supplies the PD number and position number for the already classified PD that is on file. Currently our personnel office (IHS) requires that the PD be suppied for each request and then it is sent to a classifier to be classified. If the PD ...more »

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