Department of Agriculture

INFRA Database and Real Property Data

The Forest Service keeps a database of all infrastructure items, aptly named "INFRA". Items such as buildings, dams, water systems, waste water systems, bridges, trail bridges, roads, recreation sites, picnic tables, grills, fire rings, etc. are maintained in the database. My suggestion is two-fold. One, is complete elimination of the INFRA database. So much time by so many people is required to keep this database accurate. ...more »

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Inheritance More Than $10K Should be Taxed

Heirs should pay taxes on all inherited property and inherited money exceeding $10,000. Why should they get a tax-free, unearned windfall of up to $7 million? This will help reduce the public debt and one's sense of entitlement. It will also help lower the tax rate on HARD-EARNED income.

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International Assistance Programs

Overseas Rentals and Property

For international assistance programs where the USG funds office space, housing and other immovable property, the government should calculate whether it is better to purchase or rent that property. For short-term projects, rentals are usually more cost-effective; however, for medium-term projects (USAID, MCC, MCA, PEPFAR), it would likely save funds by purchasing the office space/apartment/house rather than paying rental ...more »

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Use Inmate labor to reduce cost of incarceration

Inmates cost the United States tax payers hundreds of millions of dollars each year. We have inmates sitting around with very little to de except cause the correctional staff issues to be concerned with. Let's use this vast labor force to be productive and REDUCE the cost of their incarceration and tax payer burden. Something as simple as institution farms would not only dramatically decrease the cost of feeding all of ...more »

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General Services Administration

Screening Time of Excess Government Property is Too Short

The screening time for government property identified as excess is too short and causes the discarding of otherwise re-usable items. For excess government property there is a 20 day screening within the agency that is followed by a 21 day screening by other Federal agencies. These time frames are too short for another agency to 1) discover that an item is listed; 2) notify the project/program of an item’s availability; ...more »

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National Archives and Records Administration

Make Designs and Specifications Public

Agencies declare their intentions to introduce or revise programs in the Federal Register. Yet they do not have to publish drawings and specifications for construction or fabrication of real and personal property. This often causes problems because agencies rarely involve the public unless required by local authorities, putting off feedback from a concerned public only after execution, when the construction or fabrication ...more »

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PURCHASE PROPERTY VS. LEASE PROPERTY

I suggest you acquire housing abroad rather than lease where it is allowed by the host government and where economy is stable because the lease payments on average amortize the acquisition cost of property in about 15 years. Additionally you make better use of your Facilities Maintenance Staff for Government Owned Housing and at the end of 10-15 year, you might be able to sell the property and recoup the investment cost ...more »

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Department of Transportation

Organizations Must Justify NOT Granting Telework for Non-Operational Positions

I suggest a mandatory business case to justify all decisions to DISALLOW telework for non-operational positions as part of any new real estate acquisition involving non-operational personnel. This will force agencies to evaluate positions so that the government only procures the amount of office space it actually needs to fulfill mission requirements. Additionally, increased work performance should result because management ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Money in a Box

Go to your IT server room, go ahead. Look for boxes stacked against the wall, in closets, under tables. Open them up. You will find brand new IT equipment that has been there for months or years that cost in excess of $25K per box. The equipment will eventually be processed as excess when the space is needed to store equipment with newer technology. In the meantime you have another office that just bought the same ...more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Excess Property Reuse

Institute a system by which excess property is made regularly available for pickup by employees or external organizations prior to being dumped. Priority would be given to employees who intend to use the property for official government purposes. Exhaust all opportunities for reuse of the hardware (whether for flight or not) prior to selling for scrap. This idea would save on dumping fees and new equipment purchases (for ...more »

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