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non-contract flights

I recommend allowing federal employee travel on non-contract flights that are cheaper. I travel much for the federal government and must only chose contract flights which are often $300-800 more expensive than a non-contract flight. There are at least 5 other members on our team who travel alot and experience the same excess in travel expenses. We could save much by allowing the employee to choose the most cost effective... more »

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Consolidating handbooks, definitions, tenant eligibility requirements, and data systems for subsidized housing.

I propose that HUD consolidate housing subsidy handbooks, tenant eligibility requirements, and data systems for tenant certifications. There are two program areas administering subsidized housing programs in HUD: Housing and Public & Indian Housing. In particular, both program areas administer Section 8 subsidies. Recently Housing has begun using the Enterprise Income Verifcation application (EIV) that had been developed... more »

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Appraiser

Current review of the Post Endorsement Technical Review (PETR) and Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECM) files are done on a daily basis. The current review consists of a review (check) list done by both the underwriter and the appraiser reviewers . Many, many man hours are spent on doing these reviews and between the appraisers and underwriters many items on the review list are duplicated efforts from both the appraiser... more »

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TSP Loan Incentive for Energy Efficency Home Improvement

Create an incentive for all federal employees to use a TSP loan to perform energy efficency upgrades to their homes. A 1% or more reduction in interest on a loan could be offered, with an even greater reduction for lower grade level employees. The loan repayments would start at the time the reciepts were submitted for the performed work. In addition, energy costs pre and post could be requested thus further demonstrating... more »

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Hiring Practices

Hiring practices should involve hiring younger individuals without experience on a ladder scale starting them out at a Grade 5 or 7 with promotion potential to hire grades.. It appears over the year, at least at HUD, we are looking only toward people with real life experiencing and not seeking the youth of our country, who can be trained and do not have pre-conceived notions of how things should be done.

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PC's to send and receive faxes

I suggest you...Require all government employees’ PCs to have the capability to send and receive facsimiles. Alot of our clients do not have immediate or any access to computers to email documents (pdf or otherwise). Allowing our computers to receive/send faxes will significantly reduce the amount of paper used and should lower the maintenance costs of facsimile machines or eliminate the need for them all together and... more »

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Time and Attendance Officer (TAO)

Create a FTE position as the "Time and Attendance Officer" (TAO) in each field office and headquarters (as many as needed based on # of staff).

Branch Chiefs/supervisors spend upwards of 1/3rd or more of their work day with time and attendance issues.

A properly centralized TAO would remove this minute by minute burden from the Branch Chiefs, thus allowing same to focus on their more important core issues/responsibilities.... more »

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Housing

My suggestion is: Instead of continuously giving banks bail-out funds to simply award themselves billion dollar bonuses, buy the foreclosed houses from them and (1) rent them out at a rate below the average state renting price(varies from state to state)- this would allow the struggling middle class families as well as other classes to rent nice(r) houses in nice(r) neighborhoods at an affordable rate...which leads to... more »

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Closing Offices

In these times of limited resources HUD has neither the funds, staff, or need to maintain eighty field offices. I believe that up to two-dozen field offices could be closed while still maintaining a high level of customer service and effectively carrying out the President’s and Secretary’s initiatives.
Each Field Office closed would save the Department and Taxpayers in excess of $250,000 per year when you total rents,... more »

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Donate Sick Leave to Sick People

Have the ability to donate Sick Leave to sick people rather than (or instead of) Annual Leave. This would lessen the incentive to use up sick leave in one's last couple years. Keep the responsible employees around and know that they will continue to perform (and come to work regularly) until they actually retire. The current "buyback" of sick leave is better than before and still could use improvement.

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