Department of Agriculture

Light-colored vehicles

Buy light colored vehicles. The black vehicles traditionally purchased for government use add to the heat of area they are in, particularly in the summer. This applies to all agencies. You do not have a generic category for all agencies.

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7 votes
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Department of Commerce

Preserving Gov't. Lights

have all lights in employees office cut off after there tour of duty. I have seen to many folks leaving there lights on after work and to me, that is a total waste!!

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9 votes
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Legislative Branch

Air Fare Savings

Allow Federal workers to travel on non-contract and non-refundable air fares. Example: A recent round trip air fare from Dulles, VA to Victoria Canada was government contracted at $1808. Employee is flying non-refundable for $997. This happens all the time. Quite often the government travel agency AdTrav will quote a refundable fare, I will call and ask if they can't find a less expensive fare and they will come back... more »

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15 votes
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Social Security Administration

Eliminate $255 Lump-Sum Death Benefit

This one-time benefit no longer satisifies its original intent, has never been increased with inflation, and does little to decrease cost of a person's final expenses. The cost to the government and taxpayer to accept, adjudicate, process, and make payment further decreases its actual value. Eliminate it all together and extend the solvency of social security; our most necessary trust fund and social safety net.

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49 votes
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Department of Justice

Registered Nurse

I suggest you hire individuals for specific jobs within the federal government and stop the wasted money using contracted staff that you pay more for. This includes PHS personnel in the FBOP. They get paid more and take the BOP nurses merit promotion positions and their bidded posts. It costs the government less to pay a BOP nurse than it is to pay for PHS to hold our positions. Their pay is higher. The government pays... more »

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12 votes
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Department of Commerce

Alternative Energy

Facilitate the use of alternative energy sources at federal installations where feasible. Solar and wind power come to mind as the first two alternative energy sources, but there are most likely many others that could be easily implemented.

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11 votes
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Department of Education

Cut Spending on Supplies

Government Agencies when purchasing supplies should use vendors who can quote the lowest prices instead of vendors on the GSA schedule or those that have built a "rapport" with the buyers. The agencies could save lots of money if they shopped around for the lowest prices for items, particularly big purchases such as paper and IT equipment. Those on GSA schedule do not necessarily provide the lowest costs.

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10 votes
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Department of Housing and Urban Development

Appraiser

Current review of the Post Endorsement Technical Review (PETR) and Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECM) files are done on a daily basis. The current review consists of a review (check) list done by both the underwriter and the appraiser reviewers . Many, many man hours are spent on doing these reviews and between the appraisers and underwriters many items on the review list are duplicated efforts from both the appraiser... more »

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Legislative Branch

End Federal Outsourcing

The suggestion is made to eliminate the OMB A-76 Circular, and associated CFR 10, regulatory efforts to privatize the Federal Government. The issue of whether or not this experiment of privatization of our Government worked has clearly demonstrated that it was at best ill-advised and at worst cost the tax payers billions in fundemental management practices which ran amuck. The magnitude of the cost is not even know to... more »

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15 votes
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Department of Commerce

Traveler Reimbursements

I suggest you eliminate the $6.00/lodging night allowance for "Phone Calls Home" entitlement when traveling. The majority of people have cell phones and collect this amount on top of their usual per diem.

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8 votes
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Department of Commerce

Save on heating and air conditioning costs

I suggest you start saving money by adjusting the heating and cooling systems in the Federal buildings. In my building, individuals are running heaters in their cubicules because the air conditioning is temperature is too low. Only on the 100+ days are the offices at the right temperature. This has been going on for years and is still not corrected. Stop wasting the money and energy. Use the savings to reinvest in... more »

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12 votes
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Department of Commerce

Stop Running Contests. Start Making Changes.

Stop running contests. Start making changes. We probably waste more time (hence money) running contests and evaluating ideas than we save. It's great to have a web site to gather suggestions and rate them. But we should start making lots of changes and not focus on the one winner.

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-5 votes
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Department of Commerce

Stop Running Contests. Start Making Changes.

Stop running contests. Start making changes. We probably waste more time (hence money) running contests and evaluating ideas than we save. It's great to have a web site to gather suggestions and rate them. But we should start making lots of changes and not focus on the one winner.

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-4 votes
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Department of Agriculture

Waste of Agency Funds

Stop allowing government leadership and administrators to purchase new furniture, as they have been doing. There are warehouses full of perfectly good government furniture. Budgets are shrinking, yet Senior Executive Service personnel and even management personnel down to GHS-14's in USDA are allowed to purchase new office furniture without utilizing furniture at hand in government stockpiles. Their egos are spending... more »

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26 votes
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