Department of Defense

Incentivize Travelers to Save on TDY Lodging Costs

ISSUE Currently OPM per diem rates for travel (TDY) are set so that the lodging rate is a 'use it or lose it' system whereby money not spent on lodging is returned to the government. This fosters an environment where most government travelers don't spend any time looking for the best rate. In fact, in many cases the upper limit is what travelers look for so that they can maximize their frequent traveler program points.... 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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Office of Personnel Management

Redefine Liberal Leave Policy to allow Telework

When OPM declares "Liberal Leave Policy" due to inclement weather or other events/emergencies, Federal employees are expected to use annual leave (without prior supervisory approval) or come in to work. I suggest that the "Liberal Leave Policy" be revised to also allow employees with valid telework agreements to telework from home (without prior supervisory approval). This would greatly increase Federal employee productivity... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Sort SAVE Award ideas by common threads

There have been some wonderful ideas captured in the SAVE Award process. Also, many ideas are being repeated several times. It would be good to take a look at all the ideas and sort them by theme instead of agency and find the top ideas that way. For example, several people have suggested a post for recycling items that are useful, one was from NASA, DHS, and USDA. They all are suggesting basically the same thing, a repository... more »

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Department of Labor

the thirty-six hour four day work week for Federal employees.

I suggest that the Federal Government lead the way to the four day work week. The work week would consist of 4 days 9 hours for a total of 36 hours. This 10% reduction in hours would be paid for by foregoing all step increases and COLA increases for two years.Thereby helping to control Federal spending. In addition, this initiative would reduce commutation time and improve the air quality and traffic during rush hour... more »

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Department of the Interior

Implement 360-degree feedback for employee reviews

Implement 360-degree feedback for employee reviews. The success of an employee should not only be judged by those above, but should also include those who work closest with the employee, including and especially direct reports for managers/supervisors. A managers effectiveness cannot only be judged by those above, and are likely better judged by those he/she manages. Likewise it is also more effective to go outside of... more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Increase periodic background re-investigation periods

There exists an opportunity to save millions of dollars or more within the federal government through a minor adjustment to their periodic background investigations. Presently, my agency completes background investigations every five years in addition to the initial investigation. My idea is to increase the periodic re-investigations to seven years apart following the initial investigation. This idea would be applied... more »

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Too HOT, but way COOL

Many government office buildings are kept too cold in the summer, and too hot in the winter. It is not uncommon to see employees in sweaters in federal offices in the summer. This not only uses excessive energy, but sets a bad example for the general public. All agencies would save significant overhead costs for utilities by adjusting building temperatures a few degrees warmer in the summer (encouraging wearing short... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

DHS Personnel Security Consolidation

Recommend that the multiple DHS Personnel Security offices be consolidated into one office to improve the speed and efficiency of making suitability determinations and granting clearances. The argument that each component approaches suitability differently should be re-evaluated; the similarities certainly outweigh the differences, and consolidation will certainly reduce costs by eliminating management overhead. The... more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Consolidate Job Application Systems

There are too many job application systems dispersed throughout the government. Sometimes different agencies within the same department use different systems. While I agree that sometimes some systems are better than others, there has to be a more standardized approach. It should be mandated that unless there is a valid reason (i.e. national security), all federal positions should be listed in USAJOBS. I've seen plenty... more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Restructure USAJobs web portal PII data Collection Practices

Eliminate the unnecessary collection of all PII, such as Social Security numbers, from all applicants for federal employment through the USAJobs.GOV web portal. Collect personally identifiable information(PII) only from applicants after they are pre-qualified and are potential candidates for a position. Current practice is to collect data from everyone and this represents an unwarranted risk to both applicants and the... more »

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Legislative Branch

Consistent Organizational Structure

Provide as much organizational consistency across government agencies as possible. To start all HR, acquisition, and finance offices should be setup the same. Organizational structure starting with the secretary, deputy secretary and down should be consistent throughout the government. There may be a need for two or three designs (templates) where sub-agencies exist but consistency would allow the public to know who... more »

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