Office of Personnel Management

Office of Personnel Management

Go Virtual

I suggest you...have virtual meetings, trainings, and conferences. The government is notorious for feeling as though they need to see people face-to-face to get their message across. It is nice to have National Summits face-to-face, but many meetings, trainings, or conferences could be done virtually. Invest in web conferencing services such as Microsoft's Live Meeting, Cisco Systems Inc.'s WebEx Meeting Center, IBM's ...more »

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Offer current federal employees cash retirement incentives

Offer cash retirement incentives for current federal employees who are eligible to retire. In 2007, OPM estimated that approximately 18% of the non-seasonal full-time permanent federal workforce was eligible to retire. By 2010 this was projected to be 36%. That is a lot of jobs and a significant source of federal spending. If the Federal Government offered cash retirement incentives (such as a $10,000 bonus) for those ...more »

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Consolidate Job Application Systems

There are too many job application systems dispersed throughout the government. Sometimes different agencies within the same department use different systems. While I agree that sometimes some systems are better than others, there has to be a more standardized approach. It should be mandated that unless there is a valid reason (i.e. national security), all federal positions should be listed in USAJOBS. I've seen plenty ...more »

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Require Telework on Snow Days

Require Telework on Snow Days. Any Federal employee who telecommutes should be required, unless directed otherwise by management, to telework on days the office is closed for snow (or any other reason), and also automatically allowed to telecommute if there is a delayed opening or liberal leave policy in place, provided the employee properly planned for it.

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Part-Time Telework Option for Employees

I suggest that the government implement a part-time telework option for employees who desire to stay home to care for children, elderly parents, or other legitimate reasons approved by the government. This option should be made available on a temporary or permanent basis for selected positions. Obviously, the individual agencies would have to decide which positions could be held under this option and the specific ...more »

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Hire better Supervisors

Hire smart, innovative New supervisors who can come up with better ways to tackle problems rather than status quo supervisors who don't know any better. The status quo is supervisors spent and still spend too much time travelling to "courses" on government checkbook- More like Golf Courses.

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Ease Termination of Federal Employees Legislation

Each year the Federal Government spends millions of dollars paying the salaries and benefits of federal employees who are not performing. The process for terminating a federal employee who continues to fail to improve takes years and, often after having done all the proper documentation, still does not end in the termination of the employee. As such, government agencies are often forced to hire contractors to do the work ...more »

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Embrace a Results Oriented Work Environments (ROWE)

Embrace Results Oriented Work Environments (ROWE). This would allow employees to accomplish work where and when they choose so long as they do their work and do it well. By embracing this approach you will increase employee satisfaction which correlates to improved work product. Furthermore, the work force will be less dependent on set offices and may be able to save money on utilities costs if employees choose to operate ...more »

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Amend Qualifications Handbook

Amend the Qualification Handbook to allow qualification based on professional certification instead of requiring a specific number of credits in an academic discipline. For example, the toxicology series educational requirements could be met through successful certification as a Diplomate by the American Board of Toxicology. These ABT requirements surpass the educational requirements in the Qualification Handbook. ...more »

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*****CONVERT CONTRACTORS TO FEDERAL EMPLOYEES*****

Convert every well-qualified contractor in a long-term, confirmed, contract position to a Federal Employee and save MILLIONS on contract fees!!!!! There is NO NEED to keep professionals that are well integrated as team members and have the capacity to excel as outside contractors if they wish to become a dedicated part of the government. Not only will the government save on rediculous contract fees, but the added benefits ...more »

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