Campaign: Legislative Branch

Excessive Fees and Charges through the Travel System

Excessive processing fees are needlessly charged and many times inflated prices for flights are billed to the federal government through the travel system. The government is charged for every voucher processed through the system. The simplest voucher that pays an employee a single per diem without hotel charges, costs the government over $13; and the travel agency did not do anything except their computer system was ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Agriculture

Optional Early Out Retirement

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!

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Campaign: Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Too HOT, but way COOL

Many government office buildings are kept too cold in the summer, and too hot in the winter. It is not uncommon to see employees in sweaters in federal offices in the summer. This not only uses excessive energy, but sets a bad example for the general public. All agencies would save significant overhead costs for utilities by adjusting building temperatures a few degrees warmer in the summer (encouraging wearing short ...more »

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Campaign: 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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Campaign: Department of Health and Human Services

Carry over money across at least 1 fiscal year; aka, instead of the annual summer money waste, save it for next year

The fiscal year cycles have become inherently wasteful, and as a result very frustrating. The annual scenario: we start the fiscal year in October on a CR, too worried about unknown budgets to buy even essentials until after Christmas (which, of course, greatly affects productivity); local departmental budgets aren't known until at least January if not March, and when budgets are at last finalized, frantic calculating ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Agriculture

Eliminate 80% of contracting and put our people back to work.

If NBC Dateline was to do one of their "Fleecing of America" shows on governemt contracting (at least here in the Forest Service) and truly show how much wasted tax dollars are being spent on contracting vs. keeping our own people working, they would win a Pulitzer.

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Campaign: 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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Campaign: Department of Commerce

Save on Airfare: use regular commercial fares

Enhance commitment to cost efficiency in transportation of government employees and materials. Regarding the former, there appear to be many cases where commercially available airfares are significantly less expensive than corresponding “government” fares. Commercial airfares do carry with them the risk of cancellation and itinerary change penalties, but I believe a cost-benefit analysis would show significant net savings ...more »

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Campaign: Postal Service

Use USPS NOT FedEx for Government Savings and Security

At USDA/NASS we use FedEx all the time for packages and envelopes, especially for 'priority' deliveries. It’s no secret that the USPS is suffering. Instead of 'outsourcing' shipping AND bailing out the USPS why not keep all mail originating from federal offices in the federal system and use the USPS? The USPS offers the exact same services as FedEX and since it is in the federal system, in theory, our federally protected ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Homeland Security

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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Campaign: Department of Justice

Stop Paying Federal Benefits to Inmates

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 »

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Campaign: Department of Commerce

Have a 2nd "Run-off" round of SAVE Award Voting

There are too many SAVE Award suggestions in total for most of us to be able to go through all of them when voting. Why not instead implement a 2-stage voting process. The first round would be what’s happening now, but the suggestion here is to then add a 2nd round of voting on just the top 20 (or 50) vote getters from the first round – to narrow it down to the 4 or 5 finalists. (My apologies if this idea is already ...more »

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