Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Postal Service

Cut down on use of Fed Ex and UPS when not necessary. When the U.S. Postal Service offers quality service with less expense for the same service use the USPS. USPS needs the business. We have an excellent mail service. Why mandate the use of FedEx across the board? Save money and save the Public Postal Service that should be a not for profit organization, with good federal servants. The privates do have their place, ...more »

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General Services Administration

GSA Fleet Sharing and Accountability Could Save $6Billion and Environment

GSA has about 212,000 vehicles in its fleet divided among 75 federal agencies. Most of these vehicles are assigned to individuals ie. one vehicle one man. Last year alone, GSA spent $287 Million to buy 17, 205 new vehicles to its fleet bringing the new number to about 220, 205 vehicles. Each vehicle than requires insurance, gas, toll expenses, parking fees in some instances, violations etc etc. Lest not forget most of ...more »

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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 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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Legislative Branch

Default Typeset

Change all default typeset to Century Gothic, which saves 30% more ink than Arial. This would result in millions of dollars in savings for the government, with a very simple change.

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Executive Office of the President

All federal documents and shipping should be mandated to go USPS and it should go for free.

All federal documents and shipping should be mandated to go USPS and it should go for free. No federal agency should be required to pay another federal agency for services and we need to start with USPS, not charging other federal agencies for postage. Shuffling payments back and forth between federal agencies just adds to the cost of doing business. USPS is being subsidized from the federal budget anyway, why continue ...more »

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Department of the Treasury

Nice Booklets

Today I received "Physical Security & Emergency Preparedness Guide" and "Plain talk about ethics" They are in nicely printed, professionally bound booklets. These were mailed to our POD (I assume to each group secretary to give to each employee). WHY? An email with a PDF attachment would have saved postage and printing costs and employees would still have received the required information.

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Quit paying Fed Ex!

It always gives me a good laugh when I need to get paperwork sent somewhere and it is sent via Fed Ex. Apparently, even the federal government does not trust the USPS to get their packages to the destination on time! If we are going to keep the USPS going, we need to use it. If federal agencies don't trust the USPS to get the package delivered, why on earth would we expect others to? In any case, we shouldn't be paying ...more »

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Postal Service

Small ads on USPS boxes/envelopes

Allow advertising on USPS boxes and envelopes. The USPS could really use the income to offset huge liablities and placing a small ad on each mailing would generate a huge amount of money.

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Department of Labor

Ship for Hal-Price or Less in Free Boxes or Envelopes

No domestic use of U.S. first mail should exceed approximately 13.5 ounces wt. without considering the significant cost savings of using the U.S. Postal Service's Priority Mail Flat Rate Service. For example, the equivalent of one 500-sheet ream of documents would cost approximately $27.30 to ship via first class mail. Twice this weight and volume of documents will ship for the Domestic Commercial Base price of $10.20 ...more »

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Social Security Administration

Electronic Letters to Beneficiaries

The Social Security Administration mails out millions of letters to beneficiaries each year. I suggest that the Social Security Administration offer beneficiaries the option to receive their letters electronically via e-mail or be able to receive a notification via email/text message and then be able to check their letters online. The use of e-mail and electronic media is very prevalent today and will continue to grow ...more »

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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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Postal Service

Centralized Mail Drop off

Eliminate door to door delivery of mail in older established neighborhoods. Most new areas have centralized mail boxes for every (not sure exact amount) set amount of homes. This allows the postal worker who already is in a GOV, from either driving door to door or driving to a block to walk the mail, to deliver more quickly. This would eliminate the need to hire more workers do to attrition. Yes it would cause a ...more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Government-wide Early Retirement and $50,000 Separation Bonus

Approximately 50 percent of Federal Employees are eligible to retire over the next five years. Notwithstanding, in recent years the actual number of retirements has been very low. The average age of Federal Government employees is now approaching 50 years old. Qualified individuals who are seeking employment from the outside are finding it very difficult to enter the Federal Government because most jobs are encumbered ...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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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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Office of Personnel Management

Smoke free Federal Buildlings and Offices occupied by Federal Employees

Make Federal Buildings and Offices occupied by Federal agencies/bureaus smoke free environments. This would include the area surrounding the building. As a result, it would decrease the number of employees taking smoke breaks during the day, ultimately wasting the tax payers money. According the the CDC, 21% of adults over the age of 18 are smokers. The average smoker takes 4-6 smoke breaks per day. If it takes 15 ...more »

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Department of the Interior

Use US Postal Service Express Mail over commercial mail

The federal government could save money by using the US Postal Service's Express Mail services over using FedEx and UPS, in many instances. For example, a 1 lb. page-size envelope costs $18.30 to ship anywhere with the USPS, standard overnight. With FedEx, the same package would cost $47.09 (per their rate calculator at their web site). I know that many offices have FedEx or other similar accounts and probably get ...more »

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Executive Office of the President

Scan More, Mail Less

Interoffice mail should be limited to items that cannot be scanned and emailed (or posted to a shared folder or workspace). If employees have access to a high speed scanner, no document is too long to be scanned and emailed. Along with immediate savings on physical delivery costs, scanning more documents will also save money in the long-term. Electronic records are easier to track, store, and retrieve. They take up ...more »

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Department of the Treasury

Electronic Document Circulation & Approval Processes

Many document circulation processes (e.g. for working drafts, incoming letters, etc) involve hard copies being sent around. Also seems like there are a lot of processes with an "official" part which involves the "formal" hard copy circulation, while the electronic version of the same documents are sent for review via email or posted to a shared folder/workspace. Hard copy circulation may be necessary for a variety of ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Allow veterans to be contacted by email or text in lieu of letters

Give veterans the option of receiving email, phone or text reminders in place of our current appointment reminder and "it's time for your follow up, call us to schedule" notifications. At Cleveland alone, we send out well over 400,000 letters to NE Ohio each year. At 41 cents a letter, that adds up. A combination of RECALL, AudioCare, HealthEVet, and the email/cell phone data we are collecting should make this a possibility. ...more »

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