Department of Health and Human Services

IMPLEMENT TRAVEL INCENTIVE "GAIN SHARING" ACROSS ALL FEDERAL AGENCIES

Implement the FDA's travel "gain-sharing" program across HHS and across all federal agencies as an "option" for business travel. Simply stated, this is an expansion on the FDA's travel program, so it is not technically a "new" idea. However, the FDA allows or has allowed, employees to share in the "reward" of staying in accomodations that are less than per diem rates, when possible or practical, with the savings ...more »

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Department of Justice

Incentives for Digital Signatures

While there are a few ideas for digitally signing documents electronically, which will save money because documents/forms will be printed less often, the goal with this idea is to provide incentives for government agencies (i.e. promote competition) to move to digitally signing documents/forms. The goal would be to have agencies start small, with one or two forms for areas such as time and attendance (timesheets), small ...more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Government-wide Early Retirement and $50,000 Separation Bonus

Approximately 50 percent of Federal Employees are eligible to retire over the next five years. Notwithstanding, in recent years the actual number of retirements has been very low. The average age of Federal Government employees is now approaching 50 years old. Qualified individuals who are seeking employment from the outside are finding it very difficult to enter the Federal Government because most jobs are encumbered ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Less welfare for mothers who cannot afford children/More incentives for working mothers

Sadly, many women who have children in the U.S. are unable to properly care for them due to unemployment or insufficient income. They live off of welfare and other government handouts while families who are working are left having to leave their 1-month old child in day care and have to incur the expenses and emotional burden of having someone else watch them. This leads to fewer capable families having children for fear ...more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

ISO Fraud, Waste, and Abuse

Do away with International Organization for Standardization (ISO) audits. What a total waste of manhours, manpower, resources, travel expenses, etc., etc. It didn't work over in Europe! Why should we spend so many of OUR dollars on something that is not worth the ink the reports are printed on and is not even used after the audit is over????? We could be using that money on exploring more innovations, inventions, and ...more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Reform the Senior Executive Service (SES): Awards

All member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) will receive awards solely based on their contributions to other organizations within their agency or to agency level contributions. SES members will receive base pay for managing their particular organization well; however, they will not receive additional compensation for simply doing their jobs. To receive an award, SES must demonstrate a strong commitment to the success ...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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Legislative Branch

Incentivize Returning Funds to Treasury

Reward USG organizations that do not fully obligate and/or spend their budgeted funds for a given year by tracking funds "returned to Treasury" (by lowest responsible unit) and allocating a reasonable percentage returned (e.g. 2%, with an annual cap) for a development account dedicated to funding training and/or performance awards within the unit, division, Bureau or Department. This may help reduce the July to September ...more »

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Department of the Interior

Monetary awards, end of year funds

Eliminate monetary awards to employees and provide agency incentives to save program money by not penalizing cost savings with budget reductions in the following year. At the end of each fiscal year many employees are given monetary awards with “left over” funds. I do not believe that tax payer funds should be used to “reward” employees for doing their job. Day off or quality step increase awards would be more appropriate ...more »

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Department of State

Incentivize Travel Savings

Too often, people seek to max out their per diem by staying at the nicest location that doesn't exceed the rate. Incentivize cost savings by rewarding employees half of the savings if they are able to find better rates.

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Employees share in savings they help create

Create 1% incentive bonus program for budget managers. Managers would get 1% of money they save or of the % they exceed their goals. This would help incent employees to look for additional ways to save the government money- if they knew they would share in the savings.

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Access Board

Fiscal Year End "Spend It or Lose It" alternative.

In order to incentivize agencies to save money, work with Congress to allow agencies to keep a portion of the amount an agency saves (say, 2% of what they save each year) of their appropriated funds in contracting for a "rainy day account" and to use as incentives to reward efficient workers. The remaining percentacge of the agency's saved funds (98% in this example) could go back to the pay off the national deficit. ...more »

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