Department of Homeland Security

BALANCING LIFE AND THE MISSION: COMPRESSED SCHEDULING IN LAW ENFORCEMENT

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 »

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Sort SAVE Award ideas by common threads

There have been some wonderful ideas captured in the SAVE Award process. Also, many ideas are being repeated several times. It would be good to take a look at all the ideas and sort them by theme instead of agency and find the top ideas that way. For example, several people have suggested a post for recycling items that are useful, one was from NASA, DHS, and USDA. They all are suggesting basically the same thing, a repository ...more »

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Train Locally – Use Existing FEB Training in 28 Locations Across U.S.

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 »

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STOP RENTING BUILDINGS AND BUY THEM!!!

The Transportation Security Administration has been occupying the same rental space (office buildings) since 2002. If the government would decide to BUY a building to house federal agencies, for their office space; that would be smarter financially for the future. Airports have been located in the same geographical areas for years; purchasing a building for office use, is just smarter business, in regards to saving ...more »

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Save Billions: Incentivize FEMA, States, citizens to reduce disaster cost.

Benchmark disaster impact costs and use savings below benchmark to reduce each state’s match by 50% of cost savings during a disaster. Partnering to reduce cost would save billions. Additionally, states should receive a reduced match requirement if states and their citizens develop disaster response funds through insurance premiums. Insurance companies reduce costs on home and business insurance for those that mitigate ...more »

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Rewards for spending LESS during the FY

Reward agencies who do NOT spend their entire budget. The race to spend all available money at the end of a fiscal year is ridiculous and counter intuitive. Why can't that money be saved in some fashion? Lets save teh taxper payer money! Absolutely no incentive is available for coming in under budget. Actually agencies in CBP are discouraged from spending their budget because they could loose money the next fiscal ...more »

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Train Frequent Flying Feds as Air Marshals

Train qualified volunteer civil service employees from other agencies/components who already travel frequently. Many flights already carry civilian federal government employees cleared at or above the level required for Air Marshalls. Many of those frequent traveling feds are capable and willing of serving as a public safety officer on flights that they are already traveling. I recommend a process that would allow ...more »

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Tell ICE,CBP,ETC New hires where they are going before paying for med/BI/Drug Tests etc..

The hiring process in many agencies is a complete waste of money.

 

Background investigations, drug tests, and medical exams should be done AFTER a candidate has ACCEPTED a specific location to EOD.

 

Instead, the gov wastes money doing the BI, Drug exams, Medical exams on candidates who only turn down the job because it's not a location they're willing to go to.

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Combine Requests for Information to our Customers: i.e. Return Census and Tax Forms Together

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 »

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Utilize electonic method of recording employee time and attnedance

Eliminate sign in sheets, and use an electronic time tracking system. TSA employees currently sign in at the start of their shift, and sign out when they report off. This is time consuming, and costs the agency money through the use of paper, ink to print the sign in sheets, etc. If an electronic system were implented whereby employees could either enter a pre determined employee number, or swipe their airport ID medium ...more »

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Post Forfeiture Notices Online, Not in Newspapers

I suggest you...create a website for the Department of Homeland Security to publish notices of intended forfeiture. We currently publish our notices the old fashioned way, by buying advertising space in local newspapers. Meanwhile the Department of Justice publishes its notices of intended forfeiture online at it www.forfeiture.gov, saving it thousands if not millions of dollars per year. We should join them. There ...more »

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Adding responsible information to every document (Agency/Branch/Component/Date)

Idea: Add responsible Agency/Branch/Component/Date information to every form, document, manual, publication, or web page. With this ANY staff member can easily identify the agency to contact when changes are needed in. Example (FEMA/VA-NPSC/NCT/07-19-2010) Facts: Thousands of man hours are being wasted every year when publications need to be changed or updated and author is not readily identifiable. Too often, if ...more »

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