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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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REDUCE UNNECESSARY TAD

VOTE THIS UP! REDUCE UNNECESSARY TAD (Traveling Around Drunk) or a/k/a Temporary Assigned Duty

PROBLEM: Too many government program "line workers" attending non substantive awarded Contractor meetings across the country.

SOLUTION: 1) SKYPE and other IT tools to manage meetings from afar. 2) incentives gov program line workers to manage cost, schedule and performance of a program budget per project/awarded contract.... more »

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3 Year Time in Rank for O-1 and O-2

I submit that the goverment could save $2,707,600 each year by adding one year each to the time in rank requirement for O-1 and O-2. This is based off of the FY-10 pay chart and the estimate of 700 newly commissioned officers each year. This would also produce better experienced officers by the time they reach O-3.

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Reward Fiscal Responsibility Instead of Penalizing It

Change the budgeting system to reward those who reduce their annual budgeted expenditures; currently, those organizations that don't spend their entire budget allocation are penalized by having their future year allocations reduced. This fosters frivolous spending at the end of each fiscal year just to ensure all allocated dollars are spent.

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Change the way Government spends $

I suggest the Government revise/change the way money is spent. Every single fiscal year people rush to spend their budgets because if they don't spent it the next years budget will be reduced. There is a lot of wasted money spent every year for construction, services, commodities that are not necessarily needed at that time. Maybe let agencies know that just because they don't spend their budget that will have no affect... more »

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Budgeting

The Federal government should employ “Zero Based” budgeting. Relying on historical budgets builds in waste from historical practices. Processes have been changing, but the budgeting standards seem to be stuck. This should be rolled out slowly. Private industry and government benchmarks should be employed as a guideline. Front line employee participations must be encouraged to achieve “buy in” to process changes and... more »

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Fiscal responsibility rewards

Streamline the budget process, eliminate the dis-incentive to return money to the Federal Government, make it a measure that agencies that are able to return money can change the "color" so they can use for local projects that did not receive funding. Currently the Fed government provides different allocations of funds to the DoD for purchasing. These colors can only be used for thier intended purpose - for example O&M... more »

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Multi-user PC’s

Multi-user PC’s allows users to operate multiple workstations and share hardware / software resources simultaneously, directly from one PC. With our government [civilian & military] spending a great deal of funding to provide enough PC's for everyone, this virtually adds 1 - 6 additional computers without investing in separate, new operating systems or PC's. The power in today's systems are hardly being tapped. Investment... more »

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Savings During Budget Close Outs

I would like to suggest that we allow departments and agencies to turn end of year money and not penalize this action in the future year budgets. If a department or agency can save money and turn it in, it could be returned to the taxpayers. Persons saving these funds could receive a small bump in their future year or be recogniized. Their future budget would remain intact.

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Can the Guard Help Out?

I am a member of the National Guard and have heard a lot of complaints about members not being able to complete their mission essential tasks in regards to training and actual on the job training with their specific job descriptions, example: construction equipment operators not being able to get enough stick time on equipment, carpenters not being able to build structures etc, in general the armories and training sites... more »

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Military Blister Prevention: Simple & Enormous Cost Savings Realized

Prevent blisters in our military members by implementing existing foot scanners/boot sizing technology at Military Clothing and Sales stores and issuing (existing) synthetic socks with advanced wicking technology. Blister treatment for military recruits exceeds $690,000 annually. This idea is simple and would save our government hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.

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Drive Innovation at CO level

Re-examine the UIC structure and empower (and hold accountable) Commanding Officer's for their budgets. Allowing budgetary control at higher levels hides inefficiencies, discourages innovation, and fails to hold the proper people accountable by enabling diffusion of responsibility. Measure CO's performance year over year on budget execution and allow mechanism to carry a portion of their savings over for projects they... more »

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End of Fiscal Year Closeout Procedures

While in the military, local procedures gave units a budget to use during that fiscal year. The unit must spend up to their budget allotment close to 100%. Duing the month previous, (Sep), units were asked to spend their money if they are not 100% allocated. Well, this forces the units, sometimes, to spend foolishly on items they don't need or use. If not 100% allocated, then the following year or next will see a reduction... more »

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GSA (dis)Advantage

It is mandatory that we use "The GSA Store" for government purchase unless the item needed is unavailble through them. The GSA Store that we are told to order from is extremely overpriced compared to other resources for purchase of office supplies, furniture, etc. In several instances supplies are overpriced by as much as 50%. I recommend that we stop making use of the GSA Store mandatory if one can prove that items... more »

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Timely passage of Appropriations

I suggest that the Government especially Congress pass appropriation bills so that the funds are available at the beginning of the fiscal year. There should not be multiple continuing resoulutions. Currently, Defense has to wait until Jan of the following calendar year before they can spend any of the budgeted money. This costs the government millions of dollars a year in procurement and contracting costs because of... more »

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