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Prisoners should farm their own food.

The government spends between $25,000-$36,000 per inmate every year, with 7.3 million people in prison. I think the government should turn the prison grounds into farm land and have the inmates farm and work for their food and raise livestock. If a prisoner should refuse to work, then they should get peanut butter and jelly or balogna sandwiches. They shouldn't walk into prison expecting a free ride. Also, the other ...more »

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Department of Agriculture

Let's Try Four Days a Week

Allow federal work places to go to 4 days a week. You would save millions of dollars just running from Monday to Thursday. This would also allow rest for those who have children and need that one day that children are at school/ It also reduces costs of running facilites. If someone is needing to work, let them telework that day.

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Department of Agriculture

Optional Early Out Retirement

Give the Option of Early Retirement since most agencies are Top-Heavy (experienced employees maxed out at the top of their pay level). This allows new hires to be made and reduces the overall payroll cost of the US Government. Savings might well be in the billions!

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Department of Justice

Get what you pay for

There needs to be a way of eliminating poor employees. We need to change this idea that you can't get fired from the government. Yes, I know you can, but you must move mountains to get it done. In this economy, if you are not doing your job or showing up for work as scheduled, you should get 3 strikes then you're out. Taxayers needs to get a honest day's work for an honest day's pay.

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Department of Agriculture

TeleWork - Save money and Increase Efficiency

Most employees work at the office during normal buisness hours, yet many of us do jobs that can be done at home as well, or more efficiently. Some employees at my office already go home to work on focused writing - they have fewer interuptions and find that they actually get MORE work done at home. Using the phone, instant messaging and our increasing web-based communication systems, it doesn't matter where our desk is ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

More Telecommuting

Instead of allowing Managers to hold back telecommuting (and they are) it needs to be expanded. New language needs to come down from the department level saying to use it as much as possible and enforce it. The President and previous President has signed off on this as has Congress but it's not getting down to the worker bees. If your position is the type where a large percentage is done on the computer or phone ...more »

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Department of Agriculture

Hold workers accountable and clean out deadwood

I suggest we hold workers accountable. There are far too many workers that do not work, or work very little. Salary and benefits are a huge cost and the public is always complaining about lazy government workers. It is time to change that reality. Reward those of that truly work hard and get rid of those that don't. Please clean house of all the deadwood across all agencies and departments.

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Department of Agriculture

Stop $10,000 Awards

Stop giving out $10,000 awards to upper management. This money could be used to help in purchasing office supplies - thus eliminating out-of-pocket expense buying supplies at office supply stores (e.g., Office Max, Office Depot, Staples, etc.).

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Department of the Interior

Managers

Seek out incompetent managers: Not all managers are, but the ones that are tend to kill moral, usually succumb to showing favortism to unworthy employees. I would start by allowing employees to rate their supervisor's performance, and have it count on their appraisal every year, if there is no improvement, then demote them to a lower position with no authority and lower pay. Your team and or department is only good ...more »

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Department of Justice

Federal prisoners

Federal prisioners should be used to cut grass on our highways, raise food on farms to feed themselves and the homeless, and clean up missions.

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Department of Agriculture

ONE password ONE login

I have different passwords to log on to my computer, into my email, into several different agency databases, into Workplan, into Avue (the hiring program), and into the WFDSS - the wildland decision support system. It is impossible to keep track of all these passwords and required changes. It wastes time. Instead, I would like to be able to logon to my computer with one password and have access to all the programs/databases ...more »

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Social Security Administration

CFC

Eliminate paper copies of the possible CFC charities. Each employee receives a large pamphlet full of them every year. In today's day and age employees should be required to access it via the Internet.

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Environmental Protection Agency

Telework for Government employees on code-red/code-orange air quality days

Government employees should be encouraged to work from home on code red air quality days. This will decrease the amount of pollution emitted, it would decrease overhead costs for the government, and it would protect human health by keeping employees from breathing the poor air quality. This could, in turn, reduce the number of doctor/hospital visits for people who are sensitive to the pollution, which would then save ...more »

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Department of the Interior

Allow Gov't Employees to Find the Best Fares

I suggest we do away with what amount to government-supported monopolies and allow agencies and employees to seek out the best price for services. For instance, we could book our own travel, eliminate the middle man, and stretch our budgets further. I can understand the necessity of travel agents, but when you're forced to use them for even the simplest of things, all you're doing is adding unnecessary expense, sometimes ...more »

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Department of the Interior

No Penalty For Saving

Every year it seems that all agencies spend 100% of their annual budget. Managers feel that, if they don't spend it all, the following year's budget will be reduced. We need to reward managers that operate under budget and assure them that their next years budget will not be reduced. They may even get more than budgeted based on how much they saved in the previous years. That will stop offices, agencies and organizations ...more »

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