Department of Health and Human Services

Shuttle vs. multiple personal vehicles

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Central Office has an off site training facility. Finding a parking spot is quite a challenge; especially when several classes are held at one time. Parking is limited and we end up driving around looking for an empty spot or parking in areas designated for local businesses. If we had a shuttle that left CMS 10-15 minutes before the start of class and left the training... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Environmental Impact/Awareness Training

Provide awareness training to mitigate the excessive use of resources. A lot of people are either ignorant or just plain don't care that they are using tons of resources on a daily basis while on the job. It is easy for a government employee to become complacement in regards to their energy use because they never see the bill (except at tax season). Educating and creating a better awareness of environmental impact would... more »

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Department of the Interior

Smaller, faster, cheaper training

Implement more frequent, smaller scale, cheaper, local training like the lunch-and-learn programs used in the corporate sector.

 

Provide a sack lunch (from a local vendor) and spend one hour on bite-sized trainings. It keeps informaiton fresh in your employees' minds, doesn't require travel, is much cheaper, and allows trainers to respond quickly to current needs.

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Office of Personnel Management

Federal Employees and Back Taxes

Create a single position or department that will discover and ensure all federal employees who are behind on thier state and federal taxes pay them back in a timely manner. Assist those employees in creating a budget in which garnishments can be made with as little impact on the employee as possible. Give the employee a window of time in which he/she can pay off the debt. If the debt is not paid within that space of time,... more »

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Legislative Branch

Teleworking/Travel/Training/Office Supplies/Health Insurance/BIs/Hiring Within State/Etc.

As a federal employee with almost 18 years of experience working for 4 different federal agencies over the years in the clerical field and now HR I have observed a number of things that could help save money. One of the main ones is teleworking. Although it has been talked about I rarely see it mandated or any office using it. There are many positions that would not require an employee to work at the office 5 days... more »

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Social Security Administration

Use Less Paper and Eliminate Unused Work Supplies

As a new federal employee I suggest that the original orientation and training become more effective by utilizing the intranet. I've been with the SSA for 3 weeks and at this point see mountains of paper and supply wasted. For example, we (a class of 15) were given almost 3,000 pieces of paper per person to act as a study guide. If these can be transferred to an online study guide we could save this office alone $4500... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Put veterans to work in a healthy environment

Design a program similar to the Civilian Conservation Corps for veterans who cannot find work, could benefit from training and health and rehab benefits of spending time in the natural environments offered in our national forests. They would also be contributing to society by building and maintaining trails, campground, cabins, etc.This should be of interest to the Defense Department, Veterans Affairs and Forest Service.... more »

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Legislative Branch

Mentoring Initiative

I suggest a mentoring initiative. As an IT Project Manager all too often a design manager is hired to deploy a particular system. In the case that the new system is a Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) system, a mentoring initiative should be initiated. In most cases the design manager is a contractor. Once the system is deployed they move along. During this time reams of documents are created, redone and are passed from... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Utilize DoD Defense Acquisition University by other Agencies

I suggest that the use of the DoD Defense Acquisition University online learning capability be examined for use by DHS (and other department / agencies where applicable). I am formally of DoD (33 years) and used this resource extensively for learning acquisition skills. DAU is an existing asset that could be shared with DoD and provide a new source of training perhaps at lower cost. I believe the Coast Guard is already... more »

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Social Security Administration

Eliminate PCOM! Create a new and imporved software program

Eliminate PCOM!!!! PCOM, The software program in which all Social Security business is run is so ancient it is embarrassing. When I first saw the program, 6 years ago when I started this job, I laughed aloud and thought it was a joke. PCOM looks like it was created in the 80's, and in the 6 years since I started it has not been replaced. It has hundreds of different problems from lack of interfacing between sub-programs,... more »

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Executive Office of the President

Improve and Centralize Mandated Training Processes

Reduce employee mandated training costs by a) establishing standard guidance that limits excessive mandated training, b) requiring e-learning courses, c) allowing students to get credit for prior knowledge with a test-out option, and d) centralizing course development, implementation, and tracking. With over 1.9 million federal employees, 1.4 million active-duty, and 1.2 million reservists, we train far too inefficiently... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Implementation of a Department-wide Learning Management System

By mandating the use of a department-wide Learning Management System, DHS will be able to 1) improve training efficiency, 2) improve reporting accuracy, 3) manage department succession planning, and 4) reduce costs associated with operating multiple LMSs in each components. DOT uses a Plateau-based system dubbed ELMS, and as such they are able to standardize training between their operating administrations. Currently,... more »

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Office of Personnel Management

cross-agency training communication

the gov't needs to issue cross-agency sharing of training resources. many people work in offices and use information systems that are not native to their agency (i.e. an FAA employee temporarily working at a DOD installation). in such cases, all involved agencies require their own branded training to be completed by the employee (ethics training, IS training, PII training...), meaning he/she will have to complete... more »

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Department of the Treasury

Update Human Software

I have been at the I.R.S. for 3 seasons and have been called to veteran associates desks to show them how to create short cuts for web pages they use in their daily jobs, short cut keys for systems that have been in place for some time, and have updated forms that were too easy for me to do. What I suggest is to have someone who is very computer literate join one area at a time and help them to use and create these short... more »

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Department of the Treasury

Hire more inbound candidates then outbound candidates

I would have to say that I think that they should change the way they hire. Now just 2 months ago I applied for a position within the Federal Government at my same employer for a different position and grade. After the closing of the announcement, we later found out that they had 7 in house openings and over 20 out house opening. I don't see first and foremost where that is fair number 1, not only that even though I... more »

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