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Community service for Unemployment benefits

Unemployment benefits are costing taxpayers millions, and in cities, there is much work that needs to be done. The suggestion is for participants who recieve unemployment benefits; after a reasonble 6 weeks of benefits, in order to continue thier unemployment benefits, the recipient will provide 20-30 hours per week in community service to non-profits, city and state programs. This idea, will allow for the unemployed... more »

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Scratch Paper Saver

Instead of using expensive legal pads to take notes during the course of the day, collect and use the back or blank side of left-over, non-sensitive documents (white paper). Put these sheets of paper in a small 3-ring binder to keep it together. Then, before you begin taking notes on the blank side of the paper, turn the paper to “landscape form” (i.e., the 11 inch side going from left to right and the 8.5 inch side... more »

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Travel Facilitator

Create positions within the Agency to facilitate Government travel for training.

The individual would make all the travel arangements and facilitate the reinbursement of employees.

The facilitator would select hotels and airfares based on rate and scale of facility.

Ex. OSHA training institute in in the Chicago area. per diem for hotel is approx $155 per night. the facilitator could select and appropriate hotel... more »

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Refurbish, Recycle, or Sell old office equipment

In my office there is two rooms of office space filled up with old computers and other office equipment such as televisions, vcr's, projectors, and other items. Some of the items still work some do not. The items cannot be thrown out and I have been told that the process and paperwork to deal with this equipment is endless and takes years to have a decision made. This office is already short of room and equipment for... more »

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Working Together

There are so many Federal employees that are ready to retire. However, they do not retire, because they simply do not know what to do after they retire. It is just fear of change. Therefore, there should be a transition period. A person should be allowed to work on a term part time basis or even volunteer to train the new employee. This would give the agency a chance to have the new employee trained as well.

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PAY

Allow Government employees to have the comp time that they deserve. When we work over 8 hrs a day,we can either have comp time or overtime. Overtimes is paid at time and a half but comp time is straight time. More employees would work for comp time if it were disbursed at time and a half as is the OT, which would save lots of money from different agencies..

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Picture The Product!

So here's the situation:

I'm a field representative for the Consumer Price Index, meaning I spend much of my time traveling from retail outlet to retail outlet recording prices of specific items, the same exact item each time I visit.

Now there's generally no problem identifying the product from visit to visit. Butter is generally still packed the same way and in exactly the same place in a store. Ditto for spuds... more »

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iPhone all the way!!!

I suggest the US government should encourage iPhone users to store their federal regulations on their iPhone. The iPhone has an application called iBooks. It allows users to store their PDF and non-PDF files on their iPhone. iBooks will automatically convert those files into a book format and users can then read it on their iPhone anytime they want. Best of all, this application doesn't require an internet connection.... more »

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CPI Date collector (EA) for more than 3 decades

We collect prices and describe each item in the CPI. Some require very lengthy descriptions, more than 20 lines long, which is often difficult & very time consuming. I think that if an item has a model #, we include it with 5 (or a few) of the most important aspects of the item. This is all we need to relocate the same item, or to substitute to a similar item.

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SAVING TIME AND MONEY THROUGH TECHNOLOGY; EMPLOYER-VIOLATORS SHARING THE COST OF INVESTIGATION

1. Reduce Paper, Printing, Mailing, and storage Cost in the following Areas:

a. Wage Hour Publications.

Almost every investigation, investigators conduct, they hand employers or mail employers applicable Wage Hour Publications that relate to specific Acts we enforce. About 80% of the employers now have or can have access to computers. Since we have posted all the needed publications online. The Division will save... more »

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Voluntary Fiduciary Correction Program Savings

I have recently been working on reviewing submissions from private sector employers who wish to participate in a compliance program that we offer, the Voluntary Fiduciary Correction Program. I believe that this is a good program and should continue. This program allows employers who discover that they have made some sort of mistake with their employer sponsored employee benefits program to correct the mistake, apply... more »

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Inexpensive Ideas

If EAs have access to contact information through websites other than those available to the public, we might be able to get more results for phone numbers, names and the like. This will eliminate the need to visit the same unit more than once when that information is not available on free websites such as whitepages.com. Perhaps local police departments or other agencies could partner up with DOL to make such contact... more »

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Ship for Hal-Price or Less in Free Boxes or Envelopes

No domestic use of U.S. first mail should exceed approximately 13.5 ounces wt. without considering the significant cost savings of using the U.S. Postal Service's Priority Mail Flat Rate Service. For example, the equivalent of one 500-sheet ream of documents would cost approximately $27.30 to ship via first class mail. Twice this weight and volume of documents will ship for the Domestic Commercial Base price of $10.20... more »

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