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Make dealing with non-performing employees easier

Salaries are probably the single greatest cost that the Federal Government pays. By making it easier to fire, hire and improve performance, salaries will be paid toward quality people who are working hard. It takes a lot of time to hire and fire people and because of the time lag and difficulty, employees and managers become demotivated and money is wasted. Making it easier to deal with non-performing employees raises... more »

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Make this website permanent. Let us submit ideas indefinitely!

I don't know why this has to be a once-per-year event. Why not allow federal workers submit ideas whenever they want? The State Dept already has a robust “Sounding Board” intranet site where employees can post suggestions for improving the organization. Secretary Clinton started this in Feb 2009, and so far, people post 50-100 suggestions per month. Employees can also comment on each others’ posts, and the admins apply... more »

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Go to a 2-year budget cycle

The annual budget reconciliation/formulation/allocation process takes a heavy toll on productivity and increases our costs considerably. Switching to a biennial cycle would cut the headaches and losses in half. Under the current system, our fiscal and budget people shut down spending as early as July so they can begin to reconcile the books. Then, due to the political posturing and complexity in passing the budget,... more »

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Use Free or Cheaper Software

Look into free or cheap open source software alternatives to replace proprietary software packages. Often, people have professional level, expensive products like Photoshop when they could get by with a cheaper desktop or web-based alternative.

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Revamp the federal hiring process

Entirely revamp the federal hiring process. Federal agencies have a terrible time hiring skilled individuals because the hiring process disconnects applicants and hiring officials. The massive load of application "points" veterans carry (without adequate job skills) further challenges employers to hire skilled staff. Fix this and the rest will follow.

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Scan More, Mail Less

Interoffice mail should be limited to items that cannot be scanned and emailed (or posted to a shared folder or workspace). If employees have access to a high speed scanner, no document is too long to be scanned and emailed. Along with immediate savings on physical delivery costs, scanning more documents will also save money in the long-term. Electronic records are easier to track, store, and retrieve. They take up... more »

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Electronic Signature-A GREEN Cost Saving Initiative

Update the E-Sign Act of 2001 requiring electronic signature on all documents and accompanying storage within 5 years. Savings in paper, mailing costs, fax machines, paper storage (it is a MAJOR GREEN initiative). Efficiency is increased by seamless transfer of information at the speed of the network. Security is increased by electronic encryption of documents. Federal acceptance will jump start private sector for major... more »

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Eliminate Delivery of Hard Copies of House/Senate Bills

In my office, hard copies of all House and Senate Appropriations bills and accompanying conference reports are delivered every week or so. The bills are often 100+ pages long, and the conference reports are over 1500. All of these bills and reports are available online, so no one actually reads the print versions, and they end up sitting in the office until they are eventually thrown out to make room for the new ones.... more »

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Executive Order to Control Earmarks

Earmark process is inappropriate, extra-constitutional, and adding $50 billion to $100 billion a year to deficits. Executive order is needed stating -- the President and the Agencies shall not execute funds appropriated that were submitted or requested through OMB. The President may make line item exceptions, at the recommendation of any agency head, provided that agency head provides a budget offset that is accepted... more »

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eliminate daylight savings time

When do we "save" daylight? In the summer, when it is already light longer. Why so we "save" daylight? The old myth is for farmers to work later. Myth or not, farmers work the hours necessary to get the job done, using artificial light if need be. Nevertheless, we spend untold amounts of hours each year correcting our clocks or our computers, or upgrading computers with the "new" daylight savings, or buying clocks... more »

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Stop war or make Military Service Mandatory

To reduce spending we should get out of Iraq and Afghanistan. If withdrawing our presence in those countries is not feasible, the alternative solution is to implement a mandatory military service for both men and women to gradually get rid of contractors. I am an Army veteran but I am neither for nor against war. I only believe that our current spending is unsustainable. If we really want wars but cannot fund them; then... more »

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Stop All Non Humanitarian Foreign Aid

Paying countries for "favor" - especially ones led by military leaders in place from a coup - or led by religious leaders - have not historically paid off for the United States.

 

We need that money domestically - please, please, stop throwing money to other counties (unless they have a humanitarian need like Haiti, etc) that really are not our friends.

 

After all you cannot buy true friends!

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