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Falling Down

Teach our people, especially our Foreign Service Officers who travel to difficult environments, how to fall. This is an uncomfortable subject to be sure, but we have far too many disabling injuries and hours lost due to tripping hazards and the attempt to stop the fall with a straight arm held out. This often leads to a broken wrist or, worse, a broken hip. In most martial arts, the first technique taught is how to ...more »

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Maintaining a comfortable temperature

I suggest the federal government look at ways to stop using so much heat and air conditioning. Buildings are freezing in the summer, to the point that many offices use space heaters to stay warm. In the winter, offices are hot to the point that employees use fans. Keeping the temperatures at more reasonable levels would not only lower costs, but would make the workplace more comfortable.

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Why are we still doing timesheets?

At the State Department, we have a "timekeeper" in each office who is in charge of submitting everyone's timesheets. Even though the vast majority of employees are salaried, and thus the "standard" 40-hour workweek gets reported even though most people work much longer. These must be submitted even if the employee takes no leave during the pay period. It makes no sense that we continue to have to submit timesheets every ...more »

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Drug Testing for Welfare

I suggest that the government make it mandatory for all recipients of welfare from the state be drug tested, under supervision, before being given any assistance. Many Americans believe that if they are to be drug tested to earn their money and in return pay taxes, then those that use our tax money should have to do the same. This needs to be brought to immediate attention. Not only will this save money for each state ...more »

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Make It Pay To Save...

We need to change our government budget culture where saving money is seen as a failure and is punished with lower funding. Each year, every government agency does its best to spend all the money allotted to it, even if it doesn't really need to, for fear that if money is left over funding will be cut to insufficient levels in the next fiscal year. In a sense, it becomes our job to make the government bigger. This culture ...more »

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Fire people who don't do work.

Self explanitory. Applicable to the entire government, not just State. Instead of redistributing unproductive workers through an organization to pass the buck, let people go if they are not making a contribution.

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$3,196,000 savings yearly: Assign MIST/CMSE to U.S. Embassies & hire Foreign Service Nationals in Africa to augment teams

This inter-agency proposal saves $3,196,000 yearly and supports U.S. -Africa goals for economic growth and young African leader outreach. Background: The Defense Department's U.S. Africa Command sends military members in teams (Civil Military Support Elements, Military Information Support Teams, and other types) to U.S. Embassies in Africa for 3-6 months at a time. These service members, non-commissioned officers (NCOs) ...more »

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Incentivize saving money while traveling at the government's expense

Currently government employees who travel on governmental funds have little incentive to save the government money; hotel rooms are rented at places that charge as close to the maximum per diem rate as possible and airline tickets are purchased through government contractors who often identify tickets that are much more expensive than what is available to consumers in the marketplace. Many of us will have to opt for ...more »

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EIGHT WAYS TO SAVE MONEY AND PERFORM BETTER

Our ideas to make government more efficient and effective are: 1. Improve Processes: Prepare and implement Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and flow charts by areas to 1) evaluate the convenience to the present processes, to improve them or to adopt new procedures that can enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the operations, 2) help new employees to have an overview of the program, 3) Identify critical processes ...more »

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Cutting the working week down to 4 days to save money and energy.

I suggest saving both energy and money by reducing the working week of consulates and embassies around the world to 4 days. The working day can be increased by 2 hours to compensate for the lost day. By giving employees a three day weekend - the wuality of work will improve significantly as they will be rejuvinated by the start of the new working week. I think cutting even 1 day from the week will go a long way in ...more »

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FIX OR REPLACE eTRAVEL!!

Why is it so difficult to get my money back through eTravel? Why is it easier to do my taxes on TurboTax than to complete the voucher on eTravel? Why does it take 4-8 hours to complete a voucher? Why are there so many bugs? Why is eTravel extremely user-UNfriendly? This isn't rocket science, and so many man-hours are completely wasted on this system. Get it fixed, or replace it.

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Stop wasting electricity

I imagine this idea has been brought up and it's not terribly sexy, but the US Government wastes a huge amount of energy in our federal facilities with lights burning in rooms throughout buildings, A/C running at all hours, computers running night and day, etc. Investment in technologies to have lighting shut off when not in use and reduced power consumption of computers would save huge amounts of money not to mention ...more »

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