Showing 47 ideas for tag "cost savings"

Department of Homeland Security

PRUNING THE WORKFORCE-Eliminate MRA...allow 30 and out like Military

Like any robust thriving plant, the government workforce needs a pruning. Recommend providing 3-5 years additional time to employees tenure who have reached 30 years service but are still short of Minimum Retirement Age (MRA). If an employee accepts the added time which puts them at MRA and 30 years service, they must execute retirement option within 6 months. This would allow a new generation, in particular the war veterans,... more »

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Executive Office of the President

Stop Agency Conferences at Hotels/Conference Centers

Specifically address the number of Government Conferences and make them prove an ROI (not just cancel them). Each agency should give the top five agency 'conferences' that are sited at a hotel and conference center and justify the site costs, the staff time to organize the events, and the employee travel to attend.

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Social Security Administration

Promoting SSA eServices with minimal new costs

Revise the front of the Social Security card to include the SSA website along the bottom edge. On the back of the revised card, add SSA’s Toll Free and TTY numbers, as well as the Medicare website, Toll Free and TTY numbers.

Promoting SSA's website directly to every Social Security card recipient has the potential to vastly raise awareness of its online information and services while keeping increased advertising costs,... more »

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Department of Defense

A software closed loop user feedback process.

Make a policy or law requiring a closed loop user feedback process for new, current and future Government Information Systems (software). This would provide Lean Six Sigma quantifiable data for senior leader decision makers. Not what the vendors, contractors think.

As software products are developed this will ensure the feedback is collected by a closed loop system to measure the usage, effectiveness and correct issues... more »

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Legislative Branch

increase access/decrease cost of Rehab equipment

The VA/DOD Orders millions of dollars worth of rehabilitation equipment a year for patients from Independent retailers. If the VA could buy these products (walkers, canes,bath bench, wheel chairs) at wholesale and stock the items in a central location to be ordered from -It would save money over the discount price or retail price that the VA/DOD pays for each item. It could also increase access to the equipmentThis is... more »

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Legislative Branch

Use Military Transport

Use military aircraft to transport personel with proper security clearance to major military facilities around the world instead of using commercial airfares. This would take centralization and coordination of travel functions across agencies but would result in economies of scale and savings that could approach a billion dollars per year. Primary benefit would be travel cost reduction because these military craft would... more »

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Department of the Interior

Localized "Savings" Accounts

As every fiscal year winds down, we are challenged with spending out our accounts with the mentality that you “use it or lose it”. Losing it means it gets sucked back into some government void, never to contribute to the local level again. Instead of this negative and wasteful mentality, localized “savings” accounts could be established such that when projects, offices, regions, etc. can find ways to save funds and... more »

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Department of the Treasury

FLEXI-PLACE/CONTRACT IN AFTER RETIREMENT

#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... more »

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Department of Defense

Hand-Carrying Radiographs

I suggest that gov't medical facilities have patients hand-carry their radiographs to the provider. (explanation follows)

“Hand-carrying Radiographs”

BY STEPHEN LAPOLLA

Applies to:
All military branches and possibly other agencies.

1) PRESENT METHOD: It is customary practice, upon referral of a patient to a
civilian dental specialist, to authorize payment through Active Duty Dental Program
for radiographs taken... more »

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Department of Transportation

Excess Surplus Seek, Find, Save

Instead of property going straight to Excess why not first make a list available to all property delegates within my area. For example: If I needed an extra computer for the sole purpose of allowing people to enter data it would make more cost saving sense to obtain these from another office that does not need it than it would be to spend more money buying a new one. This would also reduce the number of people and resources... more »

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Department of Defense

Offbase housing prices overseas out of control!!

Eliminate the host nation employees in the overseas housing offices!!! Every base I have been to overseas has host nation employees working in the housing offices. When looking for a house to rent off base, they would let the landlord know exactly what my military cap was on housing and guess what the landlord charged - the exact amount of my military cap! Somehow this insanity has to be stopped. The host employees are... more »

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Social Security Administration

WIC card

I suggest that the WIC program be changed to have the users use cards like the Michigan Bridge card. I've been in the grocery store and have heard recipients tell people that they'll sell them some of their WIC coupons so they can get money for cigarettes and booze.

If this system was implemented, it would save money by cutting down on fraud and abuse of the system, plus printing costs.

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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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