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Department of Agriculture

Year-end funds carry over

Allow field units (lowest levels of organization) to carry over 1/2 or more of their unspent funds each year. This way, the government would still save 1/2 the funds, and the units would have use of the funds the next year. As it is, year end funds are often spent on things that end up being unnecessary because otherwise the unit will never see that money again.

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Department of Defense

Incentivize savings via employee appraisals

Add a section to all US government employees' appraisals for the employee and their supervisor to document how the employee has saved money or energy without reducing the quality of their work or their office's work. In any organization what you measure and reward will grow. Often employees have a chance to save the government money or energy, but they are not incentivized. It may be a hassle for them to go the extra... more »

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Financial Reform

Support America’s Vision for Economic_Freedom PAY THE NATIONAL DEBT

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SAVE our Country! This is the single greatest innovative idea since Edison, Franklin and Washington~! Our Father’s will smile upon this idea to save our country from financial bondage.
We need to establish a United States Lottery in all 50 states (SAVE-Lotto) Support America’s Vision for Economic_Freedom. Where individuals can buy a lottery ticket with a possible... more »

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Department of Defense

Eliminate "Use or Lose" Spending

Eliminate the "use or lose" spending mentality. Every year Gov organizations waste money on things they don't really need so they can clear out their budget. If they don't do that they are punished by not getting as much money the next year. How about creating a reward system for organizations that save money instead of punishing those that don't spend enough.

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General Services Administration

Official Travel

After a recent stint at one of the FLETC, it became blatantly obvious exactly how much in government funds is wasted via the government's contracts with travel agencies such as Sato/GetThere. An attempt to book a flight from New York to Charleston, which included a layover in Georgia, netted the contracted travel agency $1299+ taxes/fees, while a direct flight could have been booked through the airline's website at $180+... more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

RECOUPMENT OF FEDERAL FUNDS

I have worked in Acquistions, Assistance and Finance sections of the Federal Government for DoD and EPA. We award many Federal dollars to State & Tribal, Non-Profit, and Universities recipients for approved projects. Twice a year we are taxed with examinig outstanding issues in which the recipients have not drawndown funds for one reason or another. This becomes a problem at the end of the award with outstanding funds... more »

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Financial Reform

One Piece of Paper (per transaction) to Save Money and the Environment

My suggestion is that all transactions only require one piece of paper to obligate and pay. Right now many transactions require employees to make numerous copies throughout a transaction’s life for record keeping and audit purposes. One copy at the originating office, another copy with the approver, still another one with the obligator, one more with accounts payable, and sometimes even one with transportation or other... more »

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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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Department of Agriculture

Improve communication, accountability and transparency of inter-related work groups

Doing business with inter-office IT groups like security, telecommunications, operations, etc. should be similar to working with outside customers/vendors. Work tickets/contracts should be completed within a timely manner and communication should be performed to let the customer know the status. Currently, we waste valuable time ($) waiting on other work groups to finish tasks because there is nothing pusing them to... more »

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Department of the Treasury

Increase $2 Bill Usage to Help Move to $1 Coins

The government has tried to shift from $1 bills to $1 coins to save money, but the public doesn't seem to favor this move. I think the shift would be more successful if $1 bills were removed from circulation in favor of $1 coins while simultaneously putting the $2 bill into common circulation.

Since people seem to prefer bills, I think the $1 bills need to be removed for the $1 coins to be more widely used; if people... more »

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Department of the Interior

Create and implement new fiscal models....

Create and implement a fiscal model that is mandated wordlwide that mimics the private sector: All work activities must fall within their annual allotments and are NOT to be depleted or overrun.

Instead of depleting a budget completely, and including over an agency's allotment, why don't we (all agencies) try to save our FY Carryovers?
How about creating a TaxPayer's Reimbursement Fund, where this fund is centrally managed... more »

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Legislative Branch

Save our money's value - Do away with the fiat system. Limit Spending, Now!

I suggest you...Do away with the fiat money system, in which, our money is not based on anything but faith.

An economic equation should be used that factors in such values as population, employment, debt, productivity, harvested natural resources, etc.

I am sure some economist can come up with a very appropriate equation that most countries could agree with adopting.

I think is as simple as you cannot print more money... more »

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Legislative Branch

Provide non-motorized vehicle reimbursements.

Save travel costs, energy costs, go green, and increase health of federal employees by providing low cost non-motorized vehicle reimbursements rather than only providing the current high cost motorized vehicle use rates. If as an example, just 2% of the federal employees would use bicycles that could be reimbursed at 10 cents per mile instead of 50 cents/mile for automobile use -- many millions of dollars would be saved... more »

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Department of Justice

Waste Recycle

Our waste is trucked out of here twice weekly by W.S.I. They estimate that approximately three (3) tons of each load is food waste (slop) from Food Service. W.S.I. charges $52 per ton to dispose of the waste at FCC Coleman USP2. Just for USP2, I estimate that $16,224 is spent yearly for this service. Double that amount by adding USP1 and quadrouple that amount (at least) by adding the whole complex. That is an estimated... more »

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Legislative Branch

Reimbursement for other than motorized transportation.

Save travel costs, energy costs, go green, and increase health of federal employees by providing low cost non-motorized transportation reimbursements rather than only providing the current high cost motorized vehicle use rates. If, as an example, just a couple percent of federal employees would use bicycles, small-wheeled transport, wheelchairs, kayaks, walking, etc. that could be reimbursed at 10 cents per mile instead... more »

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