Create a FTE position as the "Time and Attendance Officer" (TAO) in each field office and headquarters (as many as needed based on # of staff). Branch Chiefs/supervisors spend upwards of 1/3rd or more of their work day with time and attendance issues. A properly centralized TAO would remove this minute by minute burden from the Branch Chiefs, thus allowing same to focus on their more important core issues/responsibilities. ...more »
I recommend that the Federal Government clearance process be reformed. The background checks and everything required to obtain a clearance should be consolidated to one instead of multiple agencies. This will reduce costs, time to process clearances, and duplication of efforts between separate agencies.
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create a process that minimizes the sending of mass inter-governemental emails. not only do mass emails generate a lot of time waste by people reading them (when they are unimportant), but they also generate traffic on the network, and require storage on email servers. considering the volume of these emails, and the fact that all government emails have to be kept for a certain amount of time, the actual cost is high. ...more »
When you access the National Finance Center and you request a print out of your leave statement the default setting automatically prints 3 pages, two of those pages are blank. The fix is to request the page to be printed in landscape format instead of portrait, if the IT department at the NFC can make this be the default setting then the problem would be solved. It is a quick easy fix that can yield instant savings in ...more »
Agency Wide Shared Services (AWSS) should make an electronic fax service available to all areas of government. Faxing is currently time-consuming and expensive - and think of all the paper that’s wasted! Better technology is available and it’s time we put it to use. Ideally, the process would be as straightforward as sending electronic, unprinted documents online (via E-mail possibly). And we would be able to receive ...more »
Work Out a Combination of Base Salary Plus Bonuses "Rich people choose to get paid for results. Poor people choose to get paid for time." - T. Harv Eker An employee and a supervisor will agree on several achievable goals with achievable dates. Each goal will have a specific result and a specific dollar amount associated with it. There can even be higher dollar amounts associated with earlier dates of completion. ...more »
At the State Department, we have a "timekeeper" in each office who is in charge of submitting everyone's timesheets. Even though the vast majority of employees are salaried, and thus the "standard" 40-hour workweek gets reported even though most people work much longer. These must be submitted even if the employee takes no leave during the pay period. It makes no sense that we continue to have to submit timesheets every ...more »
The SSA should switch to digital time recording for employees. If the time records were electronic we would save paper and have an accurate record of time. Additionally, since our time and leave is monitored online we could submit leave requests using electronic means which would make work more productive for employees and management.
Get Rid of Hard Keys for Our Offices. All employees currently have ID cards with access codes to campus and labs. But our admin offices use the old hard keys. These keys cost hours to track and maintain due to frequent changes in researchers and MDs, and are costly to change and replace because of the hours of paperwork required to place simple orders. Since the electronic system is already in place, cant we go to the ...more »
We have wrist watches, cell phones, computers, etc. why does the government need to spend so much money on clocks for the walls?
The only place I see the need for a wall clock is in meeting space where there are no work spaces (no computers).
My Department no longer allows access to personal email. This restriction results in my having to spend an inordinate amount of time trying to communicate with my children’s' caregivers and doctors, my doctors, and other important individuals/groups that impact my family. Why is it that I can get to eharmony, and soon to Facebook, and Myspace, but not yahoo email? This is a bad policy that needs to be changed. It decreases ...more »
The citizens of the state are for the law. Several other states have now gone on record supporting Arizona. The case is a waste of funding and time that should be spent advancing a tough Federal immigration stance.
Accountability for how US dollars are spent should be at the level of the person making the decision. It is not right for a director to use federal dollars to fund fuel in his personal airplane so that he can maintain his hours for pilot licensure. His job does not require that he fly a plane, especially solo and the waste is unnecessary. Flying commercially would be less expensive, if necessary.
I think more DHS components should use the WebTA time and attendance system. I worked for DHS S&T for 2 years and the web based time and attendance system was great. You could certify your time from anywhere as long as you had access to the internet. I now work for DHS CBP and employees have to fill out excel spreadsheets and hand deliver the forms for someone to manually type into an antiquated mainframe system. Instead ...more »