Department of Defense

Consolidate local military recruiters into one civilian position

My innovation is to change the military recruitment process by having civilian recruiters. Personnel: One GS-11/12 could replace five E-5/6’s. There is savings in personnel costs and those uniformed individuals can rejoin their unit and ease some of the combat rotations. Marketing: Currently, millions of tax dollars are spent by each branch in competition with the other. The Army gets a rock climbing wall; the Marines... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Consolidate DHS Aviation Facilities

Consolidate DHS aviation facilities where economically feasible. Both USCG and CBP maintain air stations/bases across the country. In several places, USCG and CBP have stations/bases located at the same airfield (Sacramento, Detroit, Borrinquen), but to date, they do not have any joint bases. (There are also several other geographic areas where USCG and CBP do not share airfields, but are located at separate airfields... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Eliminate Federal Coast Guard Authority on waterbodies not truly used for interstate commerce

Currently, there are completely unenforceable requirements upon inland lakes and waterways that meet the definition of being "navigable" under law. However, there is no realistic way for the USCG to enforce licensing and other requirements on these bodies of water. A clear example of this is the Lake of the Ozarks in central Missouri. This body of water is constrained by two dams along the Osage river. It IS NOT used... more »

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Legislative Branch

Eliminate free Flight Meals aboard Coast Guard Aircraft

Current CG Food Service Policy authorizes the provision of Flight Meals to aviation members engaged in Flight operations if the operations occur during meal hours, etc., at no cost to the member requesting the meal. That same meal if served to a member of another community (boat crew training with the Aviators, for example) would result in that boat crew member being charged approx $4.25 for the identical meal provided... more »

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Eliminate free Flight Meals aboard Coast Guard Aircraft

Current CG Food Service Policy authorizes the provision of Flight Meals to aviation members engaged in Flight operations if the operations occur during meal hours, etc., at no cost to the member requesting the meal. That same meal if served to a member of another community (boat crew training with the Aviators, for example) would result in that boat crew member being charged approx $4.25 for the identical meal provided... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Make New Coast Guard Cutters Gray, Not White

The Coast Guard can save a lot of money by painting new cutters gray rather than white and doing the same when repainting the white hulls during routine maintenance. This change would prevent crews from constantly painting over every little scuff mark, decreasing the total amount of paint used, time spent, and associated risks.

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Department of Energy

Deploy Vehicle Idle Elimination and/or Reduction Technologies ($300M - $375M in Savings)

Deploy no idle/limited idle time vehicle technologies. Many law enforcement agencies and departments across the country require vehicles to sit at idle for significant periods of time (4-8 hours) during the course of a work day. This idle time is necessary due to hostile environmental conditions (extreme heat or cold) or other operational requirements. Currently, anti idle technologies exist that allow interior enforcement... more »

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Department of Defense

Military Blister Prevention: Simple & Enormous Cost Savings Realized

Prevent blisters in our military members by implementing existing foot scanners/boot sizing technology at Military Clothing and Sales stores and issuing (existing) synthetic socks with advanced wicking technology. Blister treatment for military recruits exceeds $690,000 annually. This idea is simple and would save our government hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.

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Convert US Coast Guard to a civilian workforce

The US Coast Guard is not unlike any other multi-function agency. They have defense, safety, emergency response, and mission support assets just like ICE, CBP, or FBI. Converting to a civilian government office (which would still be smaller than the NYPD), you could save in travel/relocation costs, retirement, and myriad other costs associated with outfitting an armed force.

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Department of Homeland Security

NO MORE NON-RATES

I suggest you replace the Coast Guard's enlisted accession program with that of the DoD's programs. The Coast Guard currently creates hundreds of non-rates every year. Non-rates are individuals in pay grades E-1 through E-3 who do not have a designated specialty and who typically fulfill janitorial and other low level services and manual labor. Their duties are undesirable and uninspiring. It should be noted that... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

MK2 Walter R. Melnyczenko

CG TRACEN Yorktown has an automated trouble ticket program for any facilities damage or discrepencies and saves money by utilizing repair contractors for 24/7/365 coverage. Fort Hamilton CG Housing in NY utilizes a submit a trouble ticket via phone arrangement that costs thousands when unanswered trouble tickets are neglected causing flooding, fires, and buidling disrepair. CG needs to utilize and employ the same technique... more »

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