Department of Justice

Health Care Costs

Allow an additional option for employees--instead of having only Employee and Employee plus Family, add Employee Plus One, which could be your spouse or one child. Additionally, you could offer a rebate in the form of a % reduction of your next year premium for not using your healthcare insurance except for wellness visits and meds. To go one step further, why not offer a small incentive if you opt out of healthcare?... more »

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Department of Energy

Fiscal Procedures

I have worked under two Departments during my career (DoD, and DOE). Something common I noticed is a tendency to spend all authorizations, even when some excess funds may be left at the end of the fiscal year. My suggestion is to provide cash awards to Department heads that come in under-budget at the end of the fiscal year. Hopefully, this would encourage more responsible spending and result in some of the excess... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Return to Supporting VistA

I suggest you.. Mr. President; The VA has been running their hospitals with their own home-grown VistA for nearly 3 decades. There has been a freeze on the enhancement of this amazing software package which has already saved the government over a billion dollars when it was used as the seed for the DoD Composite Health Care System back in 1986. It has taken the DoD more than 20 years to replace CHCS-I with their ever... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Save money

I suggest the use of the daily courriers (already in use) to transport items to the outlying VA clinics from the VA Hospitals. Too much money is wasted sending items via Fed-Ex, UPS & USPS when there is already a daily courrier.

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Four - Ten Hour work days

I work at a VA medical center in NC. Many of our veterans still hold jobs on the outside. Working in an outpatient setting, we have a large number of veterans that cancel appointments or postpone scheduling due to their work schedules. You and I work at the least eight hour days the same as our veterans do. I suggest that the outpatient departments adopt a 4 day work week and 10 hour days. This will give our veterans... more »

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Department of Transportation

Saving Time & Money in GovTrip

Many productive work hours are wasted per year by in- frequent travelers using govtrip software to input authrizations and vouchers. I suggest appointing one person with a backup in each office who performs these services and stays current on all new changes and upgrades to govtrip. In addition, I propose that individuals be allowed to take advantage of web-only airline specials instead of having to book a fully refundable... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Stretched thin Program Support Assistants

I suggest that the providers of healthcare be required to know how to schedule their own patients in the Vista/CPRS program in order to cut down on the non-communication to the program support staff of patients they are seeing. It will also help with patient workload on the program support staff as well because most program support assistants are scheduling appointments in upwards of twenty clinics or more at a time on... more »

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Department of Transportation

GovTrip

Recently I was making travel reservations for my supervisor through GovTrip (I am new to this process) when I noticed how much the air fare was and there were no non-stop flights. I, therefore, went to the airlines website and saw that I could get non-stop flights at much lower fares. When I asked coworkers if I could get those fares, I was told that we have to book through GovTrip. That really surprised me as my husband... more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Better mobile email access for all Government Employees

Most Agencies have Blackberry email services for Management, Executive, or those deemed necessary based on role criticality. However many employees would benefit and be more productive if they had mobile access to their corporate email. Many employees have, at their own expense, smart phones with unlimited data plans i.e. iPhones and others and would like to be able to access their work email. The idea is to provide a... more »

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Department of Transportation

FAA Adopt "Fee for Services" for Aircraft Certification Activities

I suggest the FAA start charging manufacturers of new aircraft for certification activities. For example, our office helps certify new aircraft such as the Boeing 787 and the Airbus A-350 (which are presently going through the certification process). This involves much foreign travel to attend meetings in Europe and goes on for several years. Other regulatory aviation authorities such as the Europeans, Canadians,... more »

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Department of Transportation

Eliminate Printed Course Materials(take home manuals)

Eliminate printed course material/manuals, (take home materials). The cost of printing, shipping, storage and dispoal must be figured into this scenario. In Flight Standards we are mandated by ISO and QMS to use Flight Standards Information Management Systems (FSIMS) for the most current up to date guidance and regulatory information. Printed course materials are absolete. Electronic means for this information is currently... more »

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Social Security Administration

Means test Social Security benefits

The reality of Social Security is that there will be more recipients than payers very soon and the system will go broke. If we means test SS benefits now, we can give money to people who need it now and those who will need it later, instead of giving to everyone now, regardless of income, and no one later when it goes broke. People with high incomes do not need the SSI benefits now, but those who truly do have a need... more »

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Department of Defense

Lights

Here at the RI Arsenal our buildings were built to maximixe natural daylight. I have several times walked into the bathrooms and stairwells with the sun gleaming in my eye and the lights on. I try to turn them off but find them on again when I return. I believe that automatic/timed switches will prevent these lights from being left on excessively.

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Department of the Interior

Biologist

Id like to suggest that a vast and available work force is better utilized by the US government. That workforce is the retired, semi-retired or out of work 40-70 age group. The babyboomers generation which is a large percentage of the population. A group that is a largly untapped wealth of knowledge and experience and one who also comprises a large voting block. This group, of which I am one, would benifit from a program... more »

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