Commission of Fine Arts

Privatize Support for the Arts

Stop using Federal funds for this -let the private sector - we the people - decide whether art has value by spending our own money as opposed to forced "reallocation" through taxes.

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Smithsonian Institution

Charge foreign travellers an admission fee to visit our national museums in Washington, D.C.

Charge foreign visitors admission to visit our national museums in Washington, D.C. while continuing to allow U.S. citizens free admission. This is standard practice in many countries throughout the world and would help generate millions of dollars annually in much needed revenue, reducing the amount the federal government spends on operation and maintenance of these national treasures. The majority of foreign visitors ...more »

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National Endowment for the Humanities

Require Across the Board Use of the Online Grant Administration System

Require National Council members and senior staff to read applications online rather than "flagging" applications that have to printed and mailed in multiple copies.Four times per year thousands of unnecessary pages are printed out for this purpose. There is a wonderful online review application system already in place that is not being fully utilized. The peer review panelists are required to read and evaluate the applications ...more »

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National Endowment for the Humanities

Merge National Endowment for the Humanities into U.S. Dept. of Education

Education has many similar programs to those of the NEH, and there is no longer a reason for keeping these agencies separate, with all the redundancies. When Education was created 30 years ago, perhaps NEH's stakeholders were perhaps prudent to fight consolidation and take a wait-and-see attitude. Well, three decades have passed, and we are facing large fiscal deficits. Stakeholders no longer can have the luxury of ...more »

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Institute of Museum and Library Services

Books Without Borders: How to Improve Rural Libraries for Free

Each year, large libraries in major cities and universities get rid of thousands of books to create space for new books. Many perfectly good books are thrown out, discarded, or sold in the libraries for pennies. These books could revitalize rural library shelves across America, at a time when rural libraries don't have the funding to purchase these same books.

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Japan-United States Friendship Commission

Remember Bataan Veterans

For a small fee and NOT FOR FREE, remember Bataan Veterans, Philipino, American, and Japanese (since they suffered with, though not as badly as, the POW's they took) by taking people on guided tours and crusies following the Bataan Death March and the hell ships' routes.

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Federal Trade Commission

Senior Attorney

I suggest that government agencies use skype or other free/low cost conferencing systems when possible. This would save not only on travel costs but on the hours expended by employees to travel from point A to point B. I recognize that sometimes it is necessary to meet face to face to deal with an issue or that security concerns might weigh against conferencing via skype or other methods. However, many times using ...more »

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National Labor Relations Board

No Smoking

I suggest the government enforce it's no smoking policy nationwide. Some employees take smoking breaks about once per hour while their non-smoking coworkers continue working. In other places, extra breaks are given to allow smokers time to smoke all day. Millions of dollars are wasted, probably monthly, by not enforcing the no smoking policy. This situation puts extra burden on non-smokers.

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Federal Election Commission

$1000 max election donation

Maximum allowable donation to all political parties or groups in one year should be reduced to $1000 for a person or corporation. This would effectively eliminate the special interest groups and corruption of our elected officals.

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Smithsonian Institution

Smithsonian fees $1

Encourage dollar donations for each musuem; money can be used to improve facilities. Most museums of the world have fees, ours should get the benefit of world travelers.

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Securities and Exchange Commission

Social Security

Social Security benefits are run by States. There are many people who have circumvented the Social Security benefits by having multiple addressess. For example, they have a home in New Mexico, Arizona and Texas. They travel to all the places each month to collect their money. If Social Security is tied to SSN, perhaps it will stop people from double or triple dipping. FRAUD.

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