#1 Suggestion: Take a look at the opportunity the Government has to save millions of dollars by allowing employees in positions that would allow them to work flexiplace, work Occupational flexiplace. Right now, in my area, we are allowed to work Situational Flexiplace, 80 hours a month. There's nothing at my desk in the office that I don't have at home. In quite a few areas of the IRS (and I'm sure other Government Agencies) there are positions that would benefit from, and save the IRS millions of dollars a year, by allowing Occupational Flexiplace. The savings would be phenominal. The money the employees would save a month, i.e., wear and tear on vehicles, fuel costs, mechanical repairs, clothing, mileage, food, etc., could be used to purchase the fax/printer/scanners needed to perform their job. The Government's savings would be the cost of the extra equipment needed, i.e., fax, printer, scanner, telephone, internet service, building space, lights, gas, etc. If you times that by thousands of employees, it would be quite a savings that could be used elsewhere.
#2 Suggestion: Take a look at the posibility of contracting in retired IRS employees, (or Air Force Bases, and other Govt. Agencies) that already have the training, and expertise, to help with the heavy workload; especially in the technical fields; i.e., Learning and Education, computer customer support help desk, course development, etc. The cost there would also be phenominal. You would cut out the cost of a new employee's wages, and the agencies staff-hours. Most retired employees look for part time jobs after retirement. Why not utilize them back where their expertise is needed.