Department of Defense

Decorations Instead of Quarterly Awards

In the United States Air Force, we recognize Airmen who have performed above and beyond on a quarterly and annual basis with quarterly and annual awards. To nominate someone for an award, the nominee must have accomplished 11 separate leadership/work-related achievements, 3 self improvement-related achievements, and 3 community service-related achievements. These are documented on a Form 1206. Winning nominees then ...more »

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Legislative Branch

GET THE ACTUAL VOTES AND TALLY THE TOTAL OF ALL LIKE IDEAS.

Combine all the similar topics into one to tally actually votes. Who has the time to read through 16k plus ideas? That sounds like a waste of Government time and money. For instance there are nearly 10,000 telework, tele-commute, telecommute, work from home, etc. these should all be tallied and then count the total votes. Do I have to take the time to read through all of these? The point was made with one; although ...more »

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Department of Defense

NMCI, Increase speed of intranet

NMCI server system needs to be sped up drastically, whether that equates to additional servers, larger servers, faster servers or all of the above. They routinely slow to a virtual crawl, with some functions (accessing the global to find an email address) that have taken as much as 5 minutes and 47 seconds to complete, many Global accesses taking at least 38 seconds to complete. Many office actions take 13 seconds to ...more »

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Department of Energy

Each organization complete a six sigma lean event

Have each organization complete a six sigma event to streamline their processes to reduce waste. I know the organization I work with has implemented new ideas out of the air and sometimes performs additional work than that is what required. It needs to be determined if this additional work efforts are actually needed and are benificial. A lean six sigma may find numerous ways to streamline processes and reduce waste. ...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 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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Social Security Administration

Save time with digital pens for official note takers

The Federal Government needs to invest in LogiPen (digital pens) for the official note takers during meetings. For one note taker alone it would save several hours a week.

 

Rather than buy everyone lap tops, every branch chief can have 1-2 LogiPens per team and can utilize during important meetings.

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Department of Homeland Security

UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRATION SOLUTION:SELF FUNDED DETERRENT PREVENTING THE HIRING OF UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS

I suggest a new type of proactive solution in the form of an enforcement system to deter the hiring of undocumented workers (illegal aliens, deportable/inadmissible aliens) through self funded economic incentives (monetary rewards) generated by fines. It will encourage the public to report violators and discourage employers from hiring undocumented workers. A percentage of the fines levied on employers of undocumented ...more »

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Legislative Branch

8 hour shifts for part timers-offered for 2 days, 3 days, and 4 days

I suggest you allow part timers to work 8 hour shifts. It would be beneficial to many TSO's, as well as for TSA. No more trying to get people to stay late or come in early. Less shift changes during the day. I'd bet even less sick calls (since they wouldn't be coming in 5 days a week.) Quite possibly less OT for the full timers who are already over worked and under sleeping. TONS of money saved! Also~ MORE AWAKE, MORE ...more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Government-wide Early Retirement and $50,000 Separation Bonus

Approximately 50 percent of Federal Employees are eligible to retire over the next five years. Notwithstanding, in recent years the actual number of retirements has been very low. The average age of Federal Government employees is now approaching 50 years old. Qualified individuals who are seeking employment from the outside are finding it very difficult to enter the Federal Government because most jobs are encumbered ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Misuse of Core time

Supervisor's should be more accountable for their staff's wasting of core time to "visit" about what they will do all day, or what they will do on comp time later. If the taxpayers only knew how much waste there really was they would be enraged!

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Legislative Branch

SAVE AWARD without any SEARCH capability??

Why put up a SAVE AWARD system without Search capability? Browsing takes a lot of time! Thousands of federal employees might browse and when they don't see their idea, Submit themselves. Now you have a fat, overstuffed, seeping. leaking, SAVE Award system which (probably) Contractors, not federal employees, will sift through to consolidate ideas and 'eliminate' redundancy before providing results to OMB and Pres. Obama. ...more »

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Department of Energy

Flexible Schedules and Telecommuting Saves Energy, Time, and Money

Most federal employees make their morning commute to get to their office and then get back on the road for their evening commute. The government advertises benefits including flexible schedules and telecommuting. However, in most cases, the culture of government offices does not consider working from home an option. In the DC area and throughout the US, every morning and evening commuters fight brutal traffic. For ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Sort SAVE Award ideas by common threads

There have been some wonderful ideas captured in the SAVE Award process. Also, many ideas are being repeated several times. It would be good to take a look at all the ideas and sort them by theme instead of agency and find the top ideas that way. For example, several people have suggested a post for recycling items that are useful, one was from NASA, DHS, and USDA. They all are suggesting basically the same thing, a repository ...more »

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