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Department of Health and Human Services

Improve Productivity and Morale

Install noise masking or white/pink noise software over the speaker system. The majority of staff offices are cubes. Presently, it is not uncommon for staff to hear every conversation and phone call up to 7 cubes away. This is extremely disruptive to the workday. Noise masking software would reduce those distractions significantly. There are suggestions for people to adhere to cube courtesy, wear earplugs or earphones,... more »

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Department of the Treasury

Slow Login Time

My Idea is to cut down login loading time for employees. Every morning, my computer spends 10 to 15 minutes logging in to the only computer server in Virginia (For IRS). I suspect this is also happening to all the other departments within the US government. If we can improve the login time for all the government employees, each minute we save will have a huge impact on productivity. That will translate into large saving.... more »

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Legislative Branch

Automate New Employee (payroll forms processing)

Recommendation: Automate New Employee (payroll forms processing i.e. Direct Deposit and State/Federal tax withholding certificates) during new employee orientation sessions.


The objectives to be met as an outcome of the recommendations included in this proposal:

1. Reduce time and labor required for payroll processing of new hire paperwork (direct deposit and state/federal tax withholding certificates), improve accuracy,... 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 Interior

Implement 360-degree feedback for employee reviews

Implement 360-degree feedback for employee reviews. The success of an employee should not only be judged by those above, but should also include those who work closest with the employee, including and especially direct reports for managers/supervisors. A managers effectiveness cannot only be judged by those above, and are likely better judged by those he/she manages. Likewise it is also more effective to go outside of... more »

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Department of State

Get a significant + Impact & Improvement in business/processes by empowering employees with a formal KMN* on Process Analysis

I suggest you... the creation of an collective force (*KMN: Knowlege Management Network) with all employees, to deal with improvements of processes designed by adding value while transforming inputs into useful outputs (material, labor, energy, and capital equipment) in the public operations. At present, the knowledge of the process analysis discipline has been reserved for few engineers, MBAs, and senior levels, underestimating... more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Train them right - support them afterwards

Make sure the government is delivering the right training to its employees by standardizing training and development processes and procedures:

1) Ensure that Instructional Designers and Performance Analysts are avaliable to conduct front-end analysis (i.e., ensure you are training what you need and not what you think you want).
2) Empower Performance Analysts to support workers after training by identifying needed solutions... more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Fewer meetings--more work!

Slim down the meeting schedule.

There is no good reason in the 21st century to have standing meetings. Meetings, when they are convened to discuss a specific topic, and have the right people participating to apply a solution, are a mainstay of productivity. A standing meeting, by contrast, is one which convenes on a pre-scheduled basis, requires participation by a wide group of loosely involved individuals, and most... more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Streamline design reviews

Minimize meeting attendees.

Very few people attending design reviews actually need to participate; keeping the attendance list to an absolute minimum saves on travel costs, but more importantly, saves on excessive labor charges. By eliminating outside review organizations (ARINC, Aerospace, etc.) and requiring review panel officials to do their own work reviewing the material at hand will cut down greatly on excessive... more »

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Department of the Interior

Automate Workflow to Increase Productivity

I don't know if this applies to all agencies, but I think the Interior Department needs to use technology more efficiently by automating tasks such as correspondence routing, form submission, event/meeting planning and routine hr tasks. We can utilize encrypted digital signatures to route review, and approve a variety of different documents such as memos, letters, forms - even controlled correspondence. We are using... more »

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Department of Labor

End-to-End Acquisition Process Improvement

No one "owns" the acquisition process from end-to-end, which allows inefficiencies to proliferate over time. A process design team, supported by acquisition personnel who understand (1) FAR requirements, (2) DOLAR requirements, and (3) OPS Bulletin requirements, should tackle this issue. Such a team could conduct a complete end-to-end evaluation of the current state, do a gap analysis to identify any missing requirements... more »

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