Department of the Interior

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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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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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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Wasteful airline ticket purchases

The government could save millions of dollars annually when government employees travel by making non refundable airline tickets easier to purchase. For most travel, purchased airline tickets associated with travel are extremely unlikely to be canceled (the "advantage of the refundable ticket"). For example the USGS-CRU recently held a meeting in New Orleans, attended by ~200 people. The non refundable ticket cost ...more »

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Telecommuting: Benefits the government, the employee, and the enviroment.

Employees whose work does not actually require their physical presence be allowed to telecommute from home. Saves on pollution emissions. Doing everything electronic saves on paper waste, and cost of paper and printers. Working from home the employee pays for the electricity required to run computer instead of government. Employee being at home will also save the government costs of water treatment, and waste water treatment ...more »

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Carry over "Year-End" money into the next Fiscal Year

Federal Government offices around the country struggle to spend all of the money in their budget by the end of each fiscal year, often purchasing items or contracts that they don't really need just to spend the money. Often, a given station may need a big ticket item that they can't afford, such as a large piece of equipment, buidling renovation, or temporary employee, but the office may never have enough year end money ...more »

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End of year spending frenzy

I suggest you...Change policy to eliminate end of year spending frenzy. I am a satellite employ for the National Park Service. All year we are told to find the best deal possible, don’t buy anything that is unnecessary, try to repair things instead of buying new items, etc. I agree with all of this and more, it is what I do in my personal life to save money and prevent unnecessary purchases. However, at the end of the ...more »

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An “Ebay” by feds for feds

We have enormous resources that sit idle while other regions/agencies/bureaus need them and have to go buy them again. Set up an online marketplace by feds for feds to exchange equipment and supplies (an internal Ebay type site). I’m not talking about GSA vehicle auctions, but rather when a project is finished and there are GPS units, binoculars, and camping equipment sitting in storage, they could auction them to another ...more »

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Motion-activated light switch

Replace light switches with motion-activated switches that turn off lights in un-used rooms after a set (ten-fifteen) minute window to avoid lights being left on all day.

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Solar energy

Every flat-top government building receiving sufficient sunlight should have solar panels installed. Solar panels should be installed on risers in large govt parking lots, providing shade for parked cars AND energy. Govt purchase of solar panels will reduce cost of construction (as we did with semiconductors).

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Travel

Allow governement travelers to use the best price available when securing flights, car rentals and lodging. GovTrip does not provide a service that is more benficial than what can be found on the open market yet we get charged a fee to use it.

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