Legislative Branch

Government Retirement and Health

In order to cut huge overhead generated each year, reduce the amount politcal servants receive after completion of their term(s) of service (down to 10% of active wages) which will dissuade greedy people from running the United States. Also roll all political parties into the new health care system for all (it should be good enough for politicians or it should not have been passed!) Finally, a continuation of the first... more »

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Legislative Branch

Government benefits

I suggest that the members of Congress and the Senate both fall under the same health plan and Social Security that they have voted in for the American public. This would result in a cost savings of millions of dollars to the American people.

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Environmental Protection Agency

Government-wide Early Out Retirement for Employees Under CSRS

The Office of Personnel Management should direct all federal departments and agencies to offer early out retirements to employees under the older CSRS system. This will accomplish three things and effectively "kill three birds with one stone." One, it will take some of the most highly paid GS grade and step employees off of department/agency payrolls at considerable savings. Two, the cost to taxpayers for retired employees... more »

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Department of State

Raise Age-Limits for Mandatory Retirement

Currently, Foreign Service personnel are obliged to retire at the age of 65, whether or not they actually want to retire. While this may be to my personal advantage (I am a mid-level Foreign Service employee, and it guarantees at least some slots will open up at higher grades), the government could save money in recruitment, training, etc by simply increasing the mandatory retirement age - or getting rid of it altogether.... more »

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Legislative Branch

Transfer TSP investment mangement to Fidelity Funds

This would require an act of Congress of course! But right now our Thrift Savings Plan investment funds are manged through Barclays and investment options are very limited. Why not let choose our own investment advisors? e.g, Fidelity, Vanguard, etc.etc. I'm sure there is some administraive costs associated with managing TSP funds and contracts.

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Department of Agriculture

Telework LIbrary/ Telecommuting Station

Government offices considering a new telework program should factor in that those employees will at some time need to report in person. A telework library could be set aside to allow a rotation of those employees who will not have a regular desk. This will help to save space when figuring the budget. In addition retirees could be utilized in telework positions as sources for advice according to their expertise and monitored... more »

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Small Business Administration

Buy the truth and sell it not

With 40% of the employees approaching retirement, more focus should be given to retaining their experience and wisdom by sharing and mentoring others, especially potential managers. Transitioning into training programs should begin as early as possible.

 

A database of procedures with as much descriptive information should also be availble to help trainees to find established "tried and true" methods and procedures

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Legislative Branch

No double-dipping

No double-dipping. If you are a retired government employee receiving a pension, then you are no longer allowed to work for the Federal government. If you have a skill that the Federal government needs, then the government can choose from one of the millions currently unemployed to provide that skill. If nobody else has that skill, then you have the option to work for the government at no pay. After all, you are a... more »

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Social Security Administration

Social Security and Medicare Unite

As a service representative for the Social Security Administration, every day I see people come into our field office who think that we are Medicare. Sure, we do limited things for Medicare- since they don't have offices for public service-such as part B applications and part D subsidy applications, however, the majority of the people I see that think that we are Medicare come in because they have detailed and complex... more »

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Department of the Treasury

FLEXI-PLACE/CONTRACT IN AFTER RETIREMENT

#1 Suggestion: Take a look at the opportunity the Government has to save millions of dollars by allowing employees in positions that would allow them to work flexiplace, work Occupational flexiplace. Right now, in my area, we are allowed to work Situational Flexiplace, 80 hours a month. There's nothing at my desk in the office that I don't have at home. In quite a few areas of the IRS (and I'm sure other Government... more »

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Automatic Workplace Pensions

Offer one-time early retirement and buyout for CSRS employees

I would suggest that all departments of the Federal Government offer all (no exceptions) current employees in the CSRS pension plan a one time (never to be offered again) early out retirement option with a one-time incentive bonus (40% of their base salary). These employees would have been continuously employed by since Jan 1, 1984, and have a minimum of 25 years of Federal Service towards this pension (actually 26 years).... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Tapping into our colleges and universities

A significant number of employees are currently or will be retiring in the near future! We need bright, intelligent employees who are analytical/critical thinkers, responsible, and eager. It's time to change the adage and belief that government employees are indifferent and lazy. As a young federal employee, we need to tap into the resources at our fingertips - our colleges and universities! Outreach programs, student... more »

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Department of Energy

Innovative Office Supplies Program - Web-Based Agency Supply Clubs (ASCs)

Innovative Office Supplies Program - Web-Based Agency Supply Clubs (ASCs). This program is easy to implement, produces immediate savings, is quantifiable, reduces significant administrative burden, improves the speed of operations, saves money for taxpayers, and helps the environment. This program can produce widespread savings all across government for as long as government exists because every single employee, Federal... more »

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Department of Agriculture

Optional Early Out Retirement

Give the Option of Early Retirement since most agencies are Top-Heavy (experienced employees maxed out at the top of their pay level). This allows new hires to be made and reduces the overall payroll cost of the US Government. Savings might well be in the billions!

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