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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Department of Labor

Bring back a Civilian Conservation Corps Program

Creation of another CCC-like program for all of the jobless; instead of paying people to stay home, to earn the check they must work for the US in some fashion: building roads, teaching at schools, cleaning beaches, or even assisting in government agencies. Either a lot of good work would be done in the communities or a lot less people would want unemployment checks.

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Judicial Branch

Prisoners Grow Their Own Food

Prisoner self-provisioning, whether in govern run or privately operated facilities, require prisoners to grow and produce their own food. It is much cheaper for taxpayers to provide the "starts" for growing their own sustanance. In growing and providing for their own sustanence, we are also educating and training them in job skills. Reduces costs for support of prisons and prisoners. Increases job skills of prisoners ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Workfare Not Welfare

Require individuals and families work a number of hours each payment period to support their benefits. Consider this a service learning opportunity where everyone is obligated to help earn their income. Opportunities can exist in day care centers, adult day care centers, homeless shelters, cleaning parks and roadways. States, counties, cities, and communities are reducing staff due to the economic conditions and need ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Strongly encourage all Federal Prisons to grow their own produce and compost the excess waste.

There are many federal prisons that have enough space to effectively grow enough vegetation to reduce the amount of produce purchased from outside sources. This would also help the environment by decreasing the amount of fuel used to ship and transport produce purchased on a weekly basis. The compost would be an asset to the earth and help to replenish and stabilize nutrients within the ground. The consumption of ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Quit Paying for External Training When Internal Training on same topic is available!

Although much can be learned from outside organizations, we routinely pay outside agencies to provide training that we offer internally. Why would we invest the time and money to develop our own training seminars if we don't feel they are valuable enough to send our employees to? For example, my VISN is sending about 25 people from each facility to Disney World for leadership training. Simultaneously, the VA is rolling ...more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

READ THIS IMPROVED IDEA! WHY LEAD A HORSE TO WATER WITH A CANTEEN IN YOUR POCKET?

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 »

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General Services Administration

The KISS Method to energy consumption

Energy use has to be a big expense to our government agencies. Some easy things that we can do to help in this expense are simply to turn it off. At the end of a workday, shut off all lights in work spaces and power down our computers. It can be as easy as, if you’re not using it, turn it off. I can't tell you the amount of lights and unnecessary power consuming items are left on and nobody is using them or even needs ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Develop a Career Futures Program

Develop a Federal Government futures program that encourages young, new federal employees to pursue training and education and gives them a defined career path. This would encourage them to stay with the government longer, thereby making the government's investment in their professional development more worthwhile. This type of program would also draw more desirable candidates to apply for government jobs, which would ...more »

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Department of Education

2 year voluntary civil service program for 18 year olds

Initiate a volunteer civil service program immediately for every student that reaches 18 years of age. Students will have the opportunity to provide meaningful community service that will provide inspiration, education, responsibility, and a connection to society. Civil service will include: >labor >construction >elderly care >child care >government internship The work experience will better prepare youth for a university ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

keep training at home

Instead of sending employees to centralized training (involves transportation, per diem, and often days away from the job), use video conferencing, disseminate a manual, or simply send a memo. If other federal agencies send their employees to remote conferences at the same rate as VA, I can imagine that the government could save an enormous amount of money while still educating the workforce and providing more service ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

SOS Save our Students!

Implament healthier food choices for school lunches. How can we stop a childhood obesity epidemic if our schools are teaching kids that tater-tots are an acceptable choice of vegetable. Encourage schools to implament school based gardening programs including greenhouses so they can either use the produce in house or send it to distrobution centers for food pantrys or government commodities. If children are involved in ...more »

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