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Social Security Administration

Allow Carry_Over of Budget Allocation from Fiscal Year to Fiscal Year

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Eliminate waste by components trying to spend every allocated penny in a Fiscal Year so that next year's allocation will not be reduced. Simply allow Agencies to carry over unspent allocations from one Fiscal Year to the next. Offer awards for the components that save the largest percentage of their budgets. As many on this site have already commented, the incentive to wastefully spend taxpayer money at the end of... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Lead by Example

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As the end of a fiscal year approaches, many government agencies have funds remaining in their budget. There is an impression among agencies system wide that they must ‘use or lose’ the balance or the following fiscal year their budget will be drastically reduced. An alternative that would reduce the rush to spend at the end of the fiscal year is simple; donate a percentage of the unspent funds to CFC with the balance... more »

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Department of Agriculture

Salary and Expenses for all agencies

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Require agencies to use Salary & Expenses

Currently NRCS utilizes a Financial Assistance (FA) and Technical Assistance (TA) budget process to allocate program dollars to States. Most agencies use a Salary and Expense model to account for employee costs before program dollars are allocated. Allocating program funds as FA and TA causes unequal distribution resulting in some states overstaffed while othes struggle to... more »

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Legislative Branch

Incentive for budget savings

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I suggest you: Provide an incentive for budget savings buy organizations. Each year as the end of the fiscal year nears any savings that organizations realize are tagged for end of year spending “we have to spend it or we lose it”. This process has been ongoing for years and leads to excessive waste and rushed purchasing of items not needed or mission essential. This many times results in items that are purchased that... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Incentive for Budget savings.

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I suggest you: Provide an incentive for budget savings buy organizations. Each year as the end of the fiscal year nears any savings that organizations realize are tagged for end of year spending “we have to spend it or we lose it”. This process has been ongoing for years and leads to excessive waste and rushed purchasing of items not needed or mission essential. This many times results in items that are purchased that... more »

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Department of Agriculture

Integrate Budget and Payroll Software (example: Workplan and Paycheck)

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Our agency (Forest Service) uses one web-based application for budgeting (Workplan) and another web-based application for payroll (Paycheck). Most employees use a third application (usually an Excel spreadsheet) to track their own payroll charges. Therefore, most employees are using one program to budget their time, a second program to track their time, and a third program to charge their time.

This is an extremely... more »

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Department of Transportation

Kill Zero based Budgeting

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Stop the pratice of ZERO based budgeting. As the end of each fiscal year approaches, there is a mad dash to spend down the remaining budget. This is done for the sake of spending in a crazy effort to protect next years budget allotment. Figure out a new way of budgenting that will elminate the end of year spend-a-thon. There is the immediate waste of money but there are also unintended consequences. When you buy durable... more »

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Office of Government Ethics

Stop the "If you don't use it, you lose it" policy !

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This policy exacerbates wasteful spending in pretty much every agency and every department. The policy exacerbates inefficiencies because it promotes a wasteful environment, by creating 'fear' that if a budget is not fully exhausted by the end of a fiscal year, that budget line item will be reduced for next year. While many departments try to save money throughout the year, they then go on a spending binge at the end... more »

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General Services Administration

Modify the current budget/procurement process

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The current budget/procurement process is counter-productive. Stop rewarding mgrs. for spending up to and beyond their current budgets by giving them the same amount (or more) the next FY. This creates needless "spending sprees" at the end of each FY on (often times) totally unnessary items. Reward mgrs. who meet performance goals within their current budgets.

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Department of State

rewarding lower budgets

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I see a lot of end-of-year spending on random, unnecessary items, in order to reach that year's budget limit, just so that department can put in the same budget amount for the next FY. Why not 'reward' those who come in 25% UNDER budget by still allowing them to use the prior years amount? This would reduce the frivolous "shopping sprees" that so often occur towards the end of the summer.

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Department of Agriculture

Create user-friendly website for scientists to track their accounts in real time to make budgeting easier

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I suggest you...As a scientist, I apply for grants to fund my research. Once grants are obtained, it is very difficult to keep track of the balance. I have three sources of information to try to figure out how much money I have: our secretary keeps track of purchases and travel vouchers she and I charged to the account using Quicken, we can look at the transaction register which often has a month lag time and is not... more »

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Legislative Branch

Budgetary Reform

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Due to the way the annual budget is allocated, agencies are rewarded for spending all their funds each year, and punished if they don’t. This motivation is counter to the taxpayer's desire that we cut expenditures, results in higher spending than necessary, and results in an administrative burden when emergency funds are required. I recommend an overhaul to the government's entire budgetary process, whereby each military... more »

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Department of Agriculture

Uniform/Equipment Allowance

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If employees were not restricted to only one apparel vendor to spend their uniform allowance, but were instead allowed to purchase with that money both better quality clothing and, more importantly, gear/equipment that could be used on the job from other sellers, I believe employees would perform more efficiently using that higher quality clothing and gear, and would also take better care of it since they selected it... more »

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Department of the Treasury

Stop Taxing Gov't Employees

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Stop taxing government employees. Government employees are paid through tax dollars so therefore it is money that is being taxed twice which isn't efficient. I'm not saying that government employees keep their current wages it could be re-calculated at a lower amount just not taxed which would save quite a bit on workforce hours allocation in the HR departments, Financial and the IRS.

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