Department of Homeland Security

Identify and Eliminate Psychopathic Managers

I suggest you require psychological evaluations for all SES level positions to ensure that these individuals are honest, empathetic, and with conscience. In my experience and in reading through a lot of the suggestions on this site, it is obvious that the government is not just dealing with a lack of leadership in its managers but it's also dealing with an epidemic of psychopathy and other destructive personality disorders ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Public service: save taxpayer $ by easily doing more with less

A significant amount of money, in actual costs (purchase-price) and variable costs (personnel time, supplies), are wasted via sloppy procurements and how internal documents are stored/organized. And, the government needs to reward the personnel who create solutions that provide measurable/significant increases in productivity. PROCUREMENTS My personal experience is that acquisition planning is non-existent despite tens-of-millions ...more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Meeting Cost-Benefit Gadget/Tool

I suggest you develop a (Google-like) gadget in which meeting administrators can enter the number of participants and an estimated average salary burn rate. Like a timer, the gadget tool would display the number of tax dollars being spent. Although simplistic in form, meeting chairpersons could use this information to improve meeting efficiency with quick and visible cost/benefit assessments. The ability to determine ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Government-Wide Knowledge Management Initiative

The federal government should implement a knowledge management initiative across federal agencies. Knowledge Management, or "KM" for short, has recently gained significant interest in several federal agencies drawn by its potential to increase productivity and decrease redundancies and inefficiencies. KM is a way of formally evaluating an agency’s current state of knowledge capture, sharing and flow, and determining ...more »

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Department of Defense

DO AWAY WITH THE DEFENCE TRAVEL SYSTEM (DTS) AND OPT FOR AMUCH MORE STREAMLINED SYSTEM WHICH GIVES LINKS TO COMERAL TRAVEL SITES

DTS is a complicated and costly system, not only does it not book the travel electronically for you, it go to a travel agency that dose that and charges you a fee. The next problem is it bases all of its air fares on the GSA City Pares program. You can almost always go to commercial sites like Expedia or Orbitz and find lower fares, the GAS City Pairs program is costly and just need to done away with completely, Suggestion ...more »

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Department of State

Establish an interagency community of practice for effective enterprise software design

Create a community of practice for the modification of enterprise software (HR, Budget, Logistics, Procurement, etc) to be maximally productive to the end user while still meeting the requirements of OMB and Congress. This would include not only functionality of the software - single point of data entry, fewest clicks required to complete a transation - but also the production of reports or cuff records that are useful ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Free up the Prisions

Bring back executions for serious crimes such as murder, rape, child molestation and have the sentence carried out within a short time period, there are people on death row for years eating into millions to keep them there only to put them to death, and deport all the Illegal aliens that are in our prisons, they could not abide by our laws send them home.

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Environmental Protection Agency

Wiki platform for number-crunchers in government

Federal government workers are often not permitted to use web tools that are hosted on non-government web sites, so for example it is administratively hard (though not technically hard) to create a collaborative wikpedia-like glossary of terms used within and across government agencies for the benefits of their new employees. Proposal: create a computer platform for economists, statisticians, and other white collar workers ...more »

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Department of Labor

Discuss Efficiency

At least annually, ask each federal worker to describe the factors that affect his or her productivity. In my experience, most workers want to be productive, and most workers have insight into the circumstances that enhance or detract from their performance. Yet in the absence of routine discussions about efficiency, workers may interpret questions about productivity as criticism. Without an established forum, workers ...more »

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Department of Labor

Idea sites at work available

I like the idea of allowing idea sites such as this available to employees at all times, as long as management continuously checks these contributions. NASA recently had an "Innovation Board" contest where people submitted proposals for small studies in order to receive funding, which was set up in a similar way. However, the deadlines were very short and a number of interesting and worthwhile ideas were not selected. ...more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

SMART Save: Systematic Meeting Awareness Reeducation Training

Problem: MEETING INEFFICIENCIES. Hundreds and thousands of hours in lost productivity, employee costs, travel expenses and overhead can be recovered by utilizing a systematic set of procedures and remote meeting software when organizing and executing meetings. Conservative estimates of total federal meeting expenses are $8 billion dollars annually, (employee wages, travel expenses and overhead). Utilization of a systematic ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Creat a Culture of Health and Fitness

The VA, as the largest healthcare institution in the U.S. needs to create a culture of health and fitness. Look around VA facilities today, and you will see many overweight and unfit employees. Many of whom are smokers. What kind of message does this send to our patients? How can we expect them to adopt a healthy lifestyle, when it is readily apparent that healthcare employees do not have one? Poor physical and ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Prepaid Office Supplies will eliminate waste and cut spending

At the beginning of every fiscal year, provide each employee with a reasonable, predetermined amount on an office supply gift or prepaid card to purchase office supplies for the year for themselves at his or her own discretion. Gift or prepaid cards can be purchased at a discounted face value based upon volume. Some exceptions such as bulk paper purchases would exist but this would eliminate all office supply budgets, ...more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

SMART Savings: Systematic Meeting Awareness Reeducation Training

Problem: Meeting Inefficiencies. Houndreds and thousands of hours in lost productivity, employee costs, travel expenses and overhead can be recovered by utilizing a systematic set of procedures and remote meeting software when organizing and executing meetings. Conservative estimates of total federal meeting expenses are $8 billion dollars annually, (employee wages, travel expenses and overhead). Utilization of a systematic ...more »

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Department of Labor

Shared source code platform across government

Offer a web site with source code control systems that are up and running, and encourage the agency heads to allow the staff at statistical and scientific agencies to use those systems (e.g. subversion and git). Then software developed by government developers which they are WILLING to share, and can get AUTHORIZATION to share, can in fact be shared and hopefully blossom into cross-agency teamwork and huge savings ...more »

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