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Telework practices for FAA regional offices

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Implement telework and distributed offices for FAA regional offices. The agency is preparing to replace three office complexes in Seattle, Fort Worth and Atlanta. Cost savings would be achieved by providing smaller work centers distributed around the metropolitan area in existing facilities and implementing telework practices. The new office complexes could be smaller to allow for the work groups to get together.... more »

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Stop Printing 56 day Chart Date Hardcopies

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Stop printing and distributing Hard copy printouts of the 56 day chart updates. Hundreds of copies of 500 or more page books get shipped out every 56 days to every Center, Tower and Approach Control. Terminlal Procedures, Airport Facility Directories, High and Low Altitude Books, etc, are all available electronically. They get printed shipped and distributed every 56 days and then get tossed when the new Chart Date publications... more »

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GOVTRIP Travel

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As a reviewer, I find that most of my time is spent actually training travellers on how to use the system. It would greatly increase the efficiency and diminish the time and manpower spent on creating and fixing documents in GOVTRIP if training were mandatory for all employees. Currently my travellers keep saying they don't have time, but it could be accomplished quickly and for no cost through eLMS.

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AMTRAK use it or lose it

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Instead of subsidizing AMTRAK, let it be the company it is and INVEST in its growth.

There appears to be sufficient rail lines and/or right of ways to actually build a viable method of reliable transportation around the country.

Also, with the availability of high speed rail technology, rail travel should easily be able to compete with airline travel at a much less cost of fuel per passenger. Especially with all the... more »

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Supplementing the "Offer and Comromise Program" processes.

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I suggest that there can be a streamline process to the "Offer and Compromise Program" for non-fraudulent tax deficiencies by requiring that the taxpayer or entity pay the tax owed but the penalty and interest be abated as long as the taxpayer or entity stays current with their tax obligations. The period of time that the taxpayer or entity must stay current with their tax obligations is five(5) years after the original... more »

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Off-Peak Metro Subsidy Option

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The DC Metro tends to charge more for train rides taken during peak hours, and with train fares steadily increasing, workers should be encouraged to travel during off-peak hours by providing the option of off-peak fare subsidies for those who recieve subsidies. workers who dislike the hustle and bustle of rush hour can now opt to come in at an alternate time, and the government can spend less on fare cards because off-peak... more »

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Healthier Employees = Higher Productivity

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With all of the millions of dollars wasted on programs that do little if any to help people in this country, making an investment in the health of Federal Employees would save millions in health care related costs by making us more fit. Have the DOT negotiate meaningful discounts with local providers of Health & Wellness services to Federal Employees. Not only will we be healthier and more productive, but I'm sure the... more »

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Charge-In-Motion Freeway Lanes

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Create freeway exits that consist of inductive charging lanes for electric vehicles, powered by banks of solar, wind, or hydro generated power.
These Charge-In-Motion lanes would parallel the existing freeway, and have computer monitored access and controlled rates of speed (like a predetermined cruise control setting) and charging, with onramps and offramps similar in concept to ski lifts, where a proportioned amount... more »

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Bicycle Program As A Substitute For Costly Transhare

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The Transhare Program at the National Institutes of Health encourages the use of mass transit to save money and energy. It currently offers up to $230 monthly to NIH employees to use the Metro or buses. Although this is a “green” approach, it is indeed quite costly, at up to $2760 yearly for a given employee; a simple solution provides a more economic alternative with several accessory benefits.

A bicycle fund is a very... more »

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Update retirement plan

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Create a new retirement plan (or update FERS) that would allow you to retire with 20 years of service and any age with full benefits. The military allows you to retire with 20 years of service. The government could hire new employees at lower wages.

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Revenues for States

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The Federal Government Highway Trust Fund needs funding. One idea is for States to implement a concept for highways that is similar to Disney's Fast Pass. One approach is vehicles would have a readable device (possibly something similar to a turnpike pass) and when driving in the fast left lanes of interstates and in HOV lanes they would pay a fee. This would provide a source of revenues similar to the turnpikes and... more »

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Re-certification for Position Held

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Require staff to take refresher courses for the positions they are hired to perform. The refresher course will demonstrate competency among staff to ensure that they meet standards across the board with their peers nationwide for the positions they are hired to perform.

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Asphalt improvement

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If Coors can design a can that tells you when your beer is cold by changing color, why can't we use a heat sensitive dye or pigmentation as an additive to make asphalt change to a lighter color during high temperatures and a darker color during low temperatures? Wouldn't this reduce the wear and tear on automobiles (i.e tires) and possibly make the roadways more durable during extreme temperatures?

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Implement an Annual "Federal Government Process Improvement Week!"

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Within the designated week, employees of every federal agency would participate in an appointed group by their respective agencies to identify poorly performing operational processes or functional areas within their organization. They would brainstorm alternative ways of improving performance of the identified area and vote on the best and most cost effective solution. A committee made up of representative employees across... more »

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