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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Stop Private Military

Stop paying private contractors such as MPRI and Black Water for doing the job the Military is supposed to be doing that would save $Billions$

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Jobs for Wounded Warriors - DoD Priority Placement Program

Provide Authority (through law, executive order or DoD policy), to place Wounded, Ill and Injured service members that are being medically separated into the DoD Priority Placement Program (PPP) to ensure they get a job if they need/want and qualify for one with DoD. Between 2001 and 2010 more than 189,000 military members were medically separated from service. The vast majority were not planning to leave when they ...more »

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Single Utility Uniform for All Military Branches

Designate a single color and type of duty uniform for all the military. Example, in the past, the BDU style was worn by most. If someone doesn't think the color scheme is good enough, fine, fix it once, then issue it. Treat it with infra-red reduction, and drive on. Simplify clothing requirements to a velcro patch on the chest that lists the name, rank, service, etc. of the member like Aviators do. This will save ...more »

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How to Better Spend Military Recruiting Dollars

Dollars spent for military recruiting are especially high and the highest category is traditional advertising i.e. tv commericals. The 17-24 demographic doesn't respond to television advertisements in the same way previous generations did. To eliminate wasteful spending on over the top capaigns, better results can be obtained through more targed campaigns that hit the passion points of the dempographic but at a lesser ...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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The New PKI ID Card uses and functions

Using the new PKI issued ID Cards to login to computers will allow us to sign documents electronically and send them over a secure net. This will save time and money as documents will no longer need to be printed for signature. Any changes to the original document after it has been signed, will erase the signature, showing the document has been changed or tampered with. The PKI ID Card can also be used for users to login ...more »

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Do we always need to buy refundable airplane tickets?

Does the military ALWAYS have to buy fully refundable tickets, which cost more? How many commercial flights do military personnel actually end up having to cancel or change? In the grand scheme of things, we might be able to save money by buying non-refundable tickets (at least part, if not most of the time) and paying the penalties when plans change. It may seem wasteful in those individual instances to cancel or ...more »

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Changing the culture surrounding budgeting

I suggest the government change the way the budget is managed for the military. The way the process is set up now, as the fiscal year comes to a close, the military tries to spend all of their money to ensure that they receive close to the same amount every year. This promotes a culture of wasteful spending, instead of promoting a saving environment. Instead of giving them the same amount of money each year (minus budget ...more »

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Government travel abuse by high ranking officials

I suggest you..Reduce the services provided to government officials overseas. Government officials waist millions of American dollars traveling overseas. This is not for the people living overseas but for the congressman or general who travels overseas. In order to serve them and make them comfortable we pay government employees overtime to change their money, give them tours, take care of their spouses, bring them ...more »

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Teleworking/Carpooling required once a week.

Require all employees of the federal government (e.g., Military, Civil Service, etc.) to telework or carpool once a week. From the 2009 report to congress, telework.gov, "In terms of major barriers to telework, office coverage was highest (48 agencies), followed by management resistance (38), organizational culture (36), and IT security and IT funding (both at 25) (note: agencies could select all that apply)." The President ...more »

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Reduce Fleet Vehicles

Reduce the number of "You Drive It" (UDI)/fleet vehicles on military installations. The average cost of a GSA leased vehicle is $265/month, or $3,180/year. Getting rid of 15 vehicles could save a base $47,700+ per year. If 200 military bases (about the number in CONUS) reduced their fleet by 15 vehicles, it would save $9,540,000+ per year. This is just using the *average* GSA vehicle cost, so the figure is more ...more »

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