I suggest you streamline the overpayment adjudication process. It would be more efficient to automatically address waiver in the adjudication of a claimant's challenge to an overpayment. This would reduce the number of hearings and ultimately requests for review. It would allow ALJ's to address all overpayment related issues in one step, instead of the current bifurcated process in which we handle overpayments and ...more »
Allow employees to purchase leave hours during economic bad times. Not a lot, just some. Make whatever stipulations you want, like, that particular leave cannot be used all at once or during a specific time, etc.
Regarding signed opinions issued from an ALJ, I suggest we remove the social security number and name via automated process. Then we would index the sanitized drafted decisions to provide an easy computer accessible database of text and medical phrases for decision writers to use when they first enounter a novel medical or psychological impairment (i.e. rare bone or genetic disorders). This could increase production by ...more »
The staff of the Office of Disability Adjudicati and Review, a part of the Social Security Administration, is wasting time and paper and compromising the security of personally indentifiable information (PII), by the way in which they have to retrieve and place queries in the electronic file. The ODAR staff clerical staff must get queries, which indicate the claimant's earnings among other things and place them in the ...more »
We have wrist watches, cell phones, computers, etc. why does the government need to spend so much money on clocks for the walls?
The only place I see the need for a wall clock is in meeting space where there are no work spaces (no computers).
Place cigarette-butt recycle containers near all designated smoking areas within the Federal government. Not all buildings are fully government owned. People smoke outside - that's just the way it is, but there are actually cigarette-butt recycle containers that collect the butts and recyele the butts. It's trash. It's collected - but not dumped just anywhere... it is recycled. That will save money.
Everyday each ODAR office receives dozens of calls from representatives and claimants seeking to check the status of their appeal. If the agency established a simple online system to allow claimants and their authorized representatives to check the status of their appeal, it would eliminate a large portion of the telephone traffic at each ODAR.
Allow use-or-lose hours to purchase savings bonds or allow the dollar equivelant to be donated to FEMA- many hours get wasted, or donated if the employee does not use the leave, and it cannot be carried over into the following work year. Instead, give an option to buy savings bonds or donate to FEMA with the dollar amount equivelant to each leave hour. This will benefit the USA.
Promote some kind of amnesty (or incentive) for those who turn themselves in for SS fraud.
What happens to them anyway? People hold onto them; rarely wear or display them; forget about them and eventually they get discarded. It's a waste of money.
We can save on paying for sick leave and many topical cleaning supplies by making desks and chairs out of anti-bacterial material, such as rhinolin, for example. Many products also contain recycled materials. I've read that these materials will destroy bacteria without the use of any chemical or cleaning fluids.
Eliminate bulletin boards in government buildings (the ones in the hallways, not personal ones. Did you know that every sheet placed on our bulletin board(s) are reviewed by a paid employee and kept locked by another paid employee? Where I work, we still have monitored bulletin boards where employees post flyers about retirements, training, etc. Most everything is electronic these days and we don't need to waste time, ...more »
SSA ODAR Headquarters should offer a night time alternate work schedule option for workload positions: (1) Either give employees the choice of working a day or night shift (with equal pay) or (2) offer two shifts (with revolving employees; shared workspace; same or different pay).
Make or create 100% (full-time, permenant) work-at-home positions at ODAR Headquarters.
Enforce more flexiplace (work at home) initiatives throughout SSA, especially at ODAR Headquarters. There are many positions that can be done effectively at home.