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!
Over the past few decades, many state and municipal law enforcement departments across the country have studied the advantages and disadvantages of implementing a compressed work schedule (CWS) for their uniformed officers and agents. “Lateral thinking,” coined by Edward de Bono (1970) is a set of approaches and techniques designed to find radically new approaches to problems - to come at them from the side rather than ...more »
Allow employees to participate in 180° Leadership Assessments of their managers/executives as well as themselves during their Performance Appraisals. Creating a 2-way street (versus top down) could champion greater reward linkage to performance, collaboration, and communication amongst the whole work force. Utilizing an acceptable/approved universal electronic system across government to collect and share this data ...more »
Large cost savings could be gained if federal leaders were encouraged to train their employees in the cities they work. Approximately 88% of the Federal Workforce is located outside of Washington D.C. This is better for the environment and will save the federal government in travel and per diem costs. Federal training already exists in 28 large cities through the Federal Executive Boards (www.Feb.Gov). FEB sponsored ...more »
Stop Paying Federal Benefits to Inmates Ensure Federal Benefits Are Not Paid to Ineligible Incarcerated Individuals. To eliminate the waste of taxpayer money government wide and run the federal benefit programs with more efficiency and save money: (1) Identify all U.S. Federal Agencies having programs that provide individuals, or beneficiaries of individuals, with some form of federal benefit or federal aid. (2) ...more »
Just as President Obama is using web-based “crowdsourcing” (a cornerstone of Web 2.0) to get ideas for his Save Award, Federal offices could use web-based crowdsourcing to share their temporary excess workload with other Federal offices that have temporary excess human capital. For example, an authorized employee with a backlog of audio files that need to be transcribed could post a request for assistance on a secure ...more »
Elected Public Servants can not vote for their own pay raises and benefits.
If a public election put someone in office then a public vote should be required to approve any increases to salary, bonus, holiday, health, and retirement benefits.
A government of the people, for the people, by the people, not the privledged.
Investigate more instances of fraud, especially with children receiveing benefits on behalf of their fathers (confirm biological matches for fathers and children, with a simple DNA swab test from a local free clinic).
The Congressional Record cost tax payers $28,390,000 each year to print and deliver to Congress. If converted to electronic format, voice and color enhancements could be added simultaneously with electronic dissemination to significantly reduce these costs in the millions of dollars. Additionally, speedier dissemination (via email, RSS Feed, special website, etc.), authentication and preservation would be guaranteed ...more »
The same information is often requested from multiple agencies (name, address, dependents, and income). Where possible combine forms across agencies to consolidate the requests we make of our customers. Immediate benefits will include: • Consolidate requests to our customers (in 2010 we submitted our tax and census requests within weeks of each other) • Reduce duplicate envelope cost, a more “green” approach • ...more »
Government offices considering a new telework program should factor in that those employees will at some time need to report in person. A telework library could be set aside to allow a rotation of those employees who will not have a regular desk. This will help to save space when figuring the budget. In addition retirees could be utilized in telework positions as sources for advice according to their expertise and monitored ...more »
My idea is simple, yet encompasses a variety of our collective thoughts: LET US PRACTICE WHAT WE PREACH! Why do I have 3 fluorescent lights above my cubicle, and 2 more on each side of my desk? Let's reduce the lights and use more energy-efficient, longer-lasting bulbs. Natural light is free and has health benefits, which enables employees to be more productive (productivity = $$$)! All faucets and toilets in our buildings ...more »
I think that we should replace all light switches in offices & conference rooms with motion sensor type light switches. All day long, you go by rooms at government facilities that have lights on and no one is in there. Electricity isn't getting any cheaper. There needs to be a stronger push to get people to do this or shut off their light switches.
As we do have "Family Maximum" rules for entitlement programs, why not one for eligibility programs? States have established levels of eligibility for households on Public Assistance already. We should adopt or establish similar rules for the SSI program. It will reduce the amount of cash payments currently being made.
Job-sharing - Promote it! Have HR and technical management work together to help parties create these teams. There are many near-retirees, juggling parents, colleagues strapped with elder-care, persons who want or need to live outside of the region, etc. that would sign up for job-sharing. A number of federal employees stay on the job because they don't want to lose health and retirement benefits but are frazzled. ...more »
Currently, the Social Security Administration continues to pay benefits to the deceased until someone notifies them that the person is deceased, at which time they stop payments and try to recoup any payments made after the time of death. Coordinating death records with SSA would save money currently spent on making and attempting to recoup these erroneous payments.
Like any robust thriving plant, the government workforce needs a pruning. Recommend providing 3-5 years additional time to employees tenure who have reached 30 years service but are still short of Minimum Retirement Age (MRA). If an employee accepts the added time which puts them at MRA and 30 years service, they must execute retirement option within 6 months. This would allow a new generation, in particular the war veterans, ...more »
The United States Government is spending Millions in celluar, wireless, smart phone technologies. Then, when an employee has a government issued phone, there are endless rules and regulations, or restrictions on how the phone is used, or limits. Not to mention that the phone is not supposed to be used for personal use, which means that everyone who has a government issued phone might be carrying around two phones: one ...more »
I suggest that Federal Employees who have a current Security Clearance that has been performed as a requirement for their job and includes background and national agency checks and interviews should be allowed by the Transportation Safety Agency to go through minimal security screening and that their HSPD-12 Government ID be used for expeditious service. This would enhance security, reduce TSA costs, improve customer ...more »
I suggest we get rid of the child in care benefits. If the child is already receiving benefits why pay the mother as well.
Require all Federal Agencies that provide federal benefits or aid must use the Social Security Administration "Federal Benefit/Prisoner Data Exchange System" when determining benefit eligibility according to the agency policy requirement for individuals, or beneficiaries of individuals, incarcerated in federal prisons. (http://www.socialsecurity.gov/history/ssa/ssa2000chapter6.html) The Federal Bureau of Prisons currently ...more »
Put federal stimulus monies behind State and Local government to offer additional revenue to those receiving unemployment insurance for per diem work on direct public works projects. Those that do not or cannot work, are not made to work. Make this an incentive to supplement their income. A percentage of the wage rate can be offset from the unemployment benefits being paid.
Require Federal and State agencies make use of the Social Security Administration “Federal Benefit/Prisoner Data Exchange System” to enforce voter fraud laws. (1) Provide SSA with prisoner information necessary for determining voting eligibility such as, convicted felons (imprisoned or, released on parole or probation), illegal aliens, deceased persons, fraudulent voter registration. (2) Require States and voting authorities ...more »
Unemployment in this country is at emergency levels. Welfare recipients need not just be given food, clothing and housing, but they need to learn some valuable life skills. Since this is an emergency, I suggest that FEMA set up camps (similar to those set up for hurricanes and natural disasters) that are designed to put the welfare recipients to work. Anyone who wants to receive free government benefits is welcome ...more »
Save travel costs, energy costs, go green, and increase health of federal employees by providing low cost non-motorized vehicle reimbursements rather than only providing the current high cost motorized vehicle use rates. If as an example, just 2% of the federal employees would use bicycles that could be reimbursed at 10 cents per mile instead of 50 cents/mile for automobile use -- many millions of dollars would be saved ...more »