Department of Homeland Security

switch from rental cars to government owned cars for long term detailers.

purchase government vehicles for offices that consistently have detailers in order to cut the costs of regularly renting cars. For example, the Law Enforcement Support Center in Williston, Vermont currently has seven detailers. Due to the fact that the detailers work all different shifts on different days, each is allocated a rental car. I am currently one of these detailers and the cost of my rental car is $1032 per... more »

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Executive Office of the President

Reduce The Number of Helicopter (Marine One) Decoys

I propose that helicopter flights between the White House and Andrews Naval Air Facility on Marine One (and Marine Two), which transport the President and Vice-President, fly in fewer numbered groups. Currently, an average of three helicopters appear to be used (with two serving as decoys). My idea is to limit the number of decoys to one on routine trips. Understanding the nature and purpose of decoy flights, I still... more »

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Department of Defense

4/10's 9/8's

Initialize a four day 10 hr work weeks (or 9/8's), especially here in DC area. With 4 Day work weeks commuters will decrease pollution, reduce energy used (computers/lights/etc) within government buildings, less congestion on high ways, improvement of work force by reducing ‘time-away’, edge in competitive recruitment of highly skilled work force (commercial nuclear industry and private sector are already doing.)

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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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Department of State

One World Government

The United States shall make every effort to work toward the goal of uniting the entire planet under a new world order. We could bring in more taxpayers from all over the world and end senseless war. Defense would be concerned with defending the planet instead of having to worry about another nation on our own planet.

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Department of Homeland Security

Eco-friendly beagle transport

Working as a canine handler I spend alot of time in a government vehicle. I am also concerned about the state of our environment and try to been as green as I can in my own life and my career. Driving so much reminds me of how much fuel the government uses in its daily activities and I wonder how we can reduce that. Even a slight reduction accross the board would have a large impact because of the number of vehicles... more »

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Department of Transportation

OpenAir: let employees/agencies find the best airline fares

I suggest federal employees be allowed to arrange their own airfare, like they're able to do for hotel reservations. After booking tickets for a recent conference, I was frustrated by the fact that the tickets I purchased through the government travel agent (ADTRAV) were about 25% more than what I could get if I booked a similar itinerary myself through either airline websites, or fare aggregators (e.g. kayak.com). I've... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Encourage train travel

Encourage train travel. It is more environmentally friendly than flying, usually cheaper, and often takes less time than flying, if you take into account the extra hours spent getting to a distant airport, going through security, etc.

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Department of Transportation

Travel & Transit Costs

Transportation is a major source of spending everywhere. Here are some problem areas that, if controlled, could reduce spending. - Better management of air travel costs. Seen a lot of that here, but it is good to reitterate. Allow for the traveler to find the lowest price possible, let them choose if they want to travel econ or business, instead of first class. Plenty of other costs associated with this that can be controlled... more »

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Department of Transportation

Travel & Transit Costs

Transportation is a major source of spending everywhere. Here are some problem areas that, if controlled, could reduce spending. - Better management of air travel costs. Seen a lot of that here, but it is good to reitterate. Allow for the traveler to find the lowest price possible, let them choose if they want to travel econ or business, instead of first class. Plenty of other costs associated with this that can be controlled... more »

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Social Security Administration

Community Gardner

Implement and support seed funding for community gardens in low income communities. The gardens can become a cooperative effort where labor working in the garden earns products from the garden. Excess can be sold to the community at reasonable cost+small profit to help fund the next years seeds/seedlings. Encourage kids and adults to work in the community to garden to help feed their families. This potentially reduces... more »

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Department of State

Incentivizing Cost-Cutting

To accommodate and incentivize shopping around for the best value, employees who use a shipping service to move their household effects and unaccompanied baggage which charges less than the government contractor should be reimbursed not only the cost of shipping, but also 50% of the savings accrued by the government . This same principle of rewarding conscientious spending could be applied to many government expenses,... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

BALANCING LIFE AND THE MISSION: COMPRESSED SCHEDULING IN LAW ENFORCEMENT

Over the past few decades, many state and municipal law enforcement departments across the country have studied the advantages and disadvantages of implementing a compressed work schedule (CWS) for their uniformed officers and agents. “Lateral thinking,” coined by Edward de Bono (1970) is a set of approaches and techniques designed to find radically new approaches to problems - to come at them from the side rather than... more »

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