Campaign: Department of Defense

COCOM Reorganization of Ground Forces

In an effort to work smarter, reduce un-needed redundancy, reduce our footprint and overhead, and work more collaboratively, there should be an effort within Global Force Management at the COCOM level (mainly CENTCOM, AFRICOM, and SOUTHCOM) to consolidate certain and specific areas. There are an overwhelming number of commands that each have their own full ADMIN/PAY and INTEL departments, several of which are in the same ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Defense

Time to bring "Joint" to the rest of DoD activities.

For some time now, the military has "fought the Joint fight" with great success through the Combatant commands, but the back home processes retain much inefficiency due to service specific stovepipes. I'd propose that the individual services can have better focus on each of their "Organize, Train, and Equip" functions by spinning off two parts of their activities to functional organizations akin to TRANSCOM - although ...more »

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Campaign: Legislative Branch

Exit Interviews for those who Retire, Resign, or Transfer Agencies

OPM or OMB or some regulating entity should enforce that exit interviews occur. Where there are significant amounts of highly qualified employees bailing from certain parts of an agency then someone should be looking into the situation, particularly when it is occurring at an agency which is at/near the bottom of the list of happy employees with good morale. I know of several people who have retired because of stupid ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Health and Human Services

FREDS: Federal Registration and Entry on Duty System

My suggestion is to create an Entry on Duty system that is linked to USAJOBs.gov and our personnel system. So that an applicant does not have to fill out multiple forms with the same information over and over again. This would dramatically reduce cost and increase the efficiency of our onboarding process. We could call it FREDS: Federal Registration and Entry on Duty System.

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Campaign: 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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Campaign: Department of State

Establish an Advisory Committee to the Legal Office to Review Employee Complaints.

Five legal decisions concerning my agency's treatment of applicants for employment were handed down by either the U.S. Court of Appeals or the EEOC in 2008 and 2009. All found in favor of the litigants, and the four most recent contained scathing criticism of the agency for its disregard of laws concerning the hiring of people with disabilities. Three of the cases have recently been settled. As a layperson, I have ...more »

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Campaign: Office of Personnel Management

Centralize, Rethink Training of Federal Employees; Create Consolidated, Cutting-Edge Public Servant Training Institute

Centralize all mandatory training for the United States government at a state-of-the-art “government science” institute in D.C., with several satellites across the country, that not only covers agency-specific training, but also endeavors to instill government employees, including leaders from all corners, with cutting-edge tools for and methods of doing their jobs, whatever they may be, and finding fresh solutions to ...more »

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Centralize, Rethink Training of Federal Employees; Create Consolidated, Ctting-Edge Public Servant Training Institute

Centralize all mandatory training for the United States government at a state-of-the-art “government science” institute in D.C., with several satellites across the country, that not only covers agency-specific training, but also endeavors to instill government employees, including leaders from all corners, with cutting-edge tools for and methods of doing their jobs, whatever they may be, and finding fresh solutions to ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Homeland Security

End of Fiscal Year Money buys Increased Personnel

Allow organizations to use their left-over money at the end of the fiscal year to hire-in (via small contracts) individuals that already have clearances and or/ the appropriate skill levels for the jobs needed. Having worked for many government agencies, the most frequent issue I see is that the departments have an abundance of work and not enough staff to accomplish it. This would allow agencies to temporarily hire-in ...more »

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Campaign: Small Business Administration

Reduce personnel costs

Many agencies are staffed ( over staffed ) with attorneys at the GS 13 and higher levels to complete all legal work . Much of this work could be completed by paralegals at the GS 9 to GS 12 level and then reviewed by an attorney for completeness. Much of the legal work in any government office is repetitive and research intensive. With some training a para could do the bulk of it. Why pay GS 14 pay for GS 9 work. instead ...more »

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Campaign: Legislative Branch

Increase number of lower grade positions

The government is top heavy to too many people in the upper grade levels (and larger salaries) and too few people at the lower grades to actually accomplish the meat of work. REDUCE the number of upper level positions available and hire more people at lower grades. This will save money, provide additional jobs and give new workers room to advance.

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Campaign: Office of Personnel Management

Cutting Costs like a Business

There needs to be an evaluation of government needs. This evaluation will determine if the agencies and departments are vital and helpful to the interests of the United States of America. This evaluation should be conducted at every level of the Federal Government. The primary goal would be to identify duplication of efforts and to eliminate any waste or extra government program or spending that is not vital and contributory ...more »

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