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Performance Incentives

Many agencies have performance award programs. However, performance incentives like bonuses, when used, are often given to so many employees they quickly lose their financial significant and power as positive incentives. Worse, because moderate and even poor performers get awards of similar or even equal value to higher performers, the award system may actually discourage high performers and make them feel unappreciated. ...more »

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Department of Defense

Mortgage Interest Incentive - Everybody Wins

Benefits: 1) Reduced transportation time 2) Reduced automobile emissions 3) Reduced gasoline consumption 4) Less employee stress 5) Less employee turnover 6) Greater job satisfaction 7) Government will profit on loans A common situation at most facilities is that many employees drive great distances to and from work. This is because housing can be found cheaper in certain areas or even by living out of state. A solution ...more »

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Corps of Engineers-Civil Works

Government traveler can get a cut of the savings.

I suggest you create a program that allows an individual to receive an incentive award relative to the savings they create. If an employee researches is able to officially travel with an airline that is more advantageous to the government than the contract carrier, they can submit submit what is necessary. Since there is already a government contract, it would be reasonably easy to verify. Likewise, any employee willing ...more »

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Department of Defense

Incentivize $$ Saving Ideas!

Incentivize Cost Savings! Create a program where the creator of an idea that is adopted is given a "commission" for their idea! Ex. If an idea will award 10% of one-year's worth of savings to the creator then I guarantee there will be a lot more ideas coming forward!

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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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Department of Defense

Define “best value” to include the costs of both procurement and disposal

Federal agencies buy more than $500 billion in goods and services annually, but there is no direct link to the cost of disposal. This limits the ability to identify and seize lifecycle cost efficiencies. For example, it's cheaper to buy a chipboard desk than a metal desk, but a broken chipboard desk costs taxpayer money to put in a landfill, while a broken metal desk has cash value as a recyclable material. For ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Enhance and incentivize identification of Medicare fraud

Periodically send each Medicare / Medicaid recipient a listing of common characteristics of fraudulent providers (e.g. billing for services not actually provided, listing medications and equipment not actually provided, etc.) and provide advice on how to report the fraud. Add the incentive of up to $50,000 tax-free reward tailored to the magnitude of fraud that they report which is validated upon investigation. Implement ...more »

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Department of Defense

Reduce the Load of DOD Non-military Awards

Revamp totally the part of the DOD award system not associated with military ribbons and medals. Beyond the time-honored system of awarding medals and ribbons to the military members is an incredible plethora of "other awards", mostly for civilians, throughout DOD that have grown up over the decades to the point that the management of this "other awards" system takes untold multi-thousands of labor hours DOD-wide. And ...more »

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Social Security Administration

Incentives for Out Performing Quotas or Monthly Goals

I believe that employee morale and as a result, productivity, would be greatly improved if management spent as much time offering congrats and thank-you incentives to employees who meet or exceed performance goals, especially those who exceed goals and help the whole office's numbers, rather than spending so much time and attention on how the office need to be more efficient, more productive. Because if you are an employee ...more »

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Traveler Incentive Program (TIP)

Create a government-wide incentive program for federal travelers to share in savings they achieve by choosing the most efficient and economical travel methods. The way it would work is the government travel system determines what the trip should cost and the traveler then can find less expensive approaches such as selecting a discount airfare or going to a less expensive hotel. Any cost less than the expected would be ...more »

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Department of the Interior

Benefits to reduce possible unneccesary end of year spending

In order to encourage government agencies to save money I think we should create a program whereby any office that does not use their full budget should be able to access that money in the future. The extra money should be pooled into an interest bearing account. The money earned in interest can go back into the overall federal budget (thus helping everyone overall), and the office should be able to get the exact amount ...more »

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Department of State

Make It Pay To Save...

We need to change our government budget culture where saving money is seen as a failure and is punished with lower funding. Each year, every government agency does its best to spend all the money allotted to it, even if it doesn't really need to, for fear that if money is left over funding will be cut to insufficient levels in the next fiscal year. In a sense, it becomes our job to make the government bigger. This culture ...more »

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