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Deviated Work Schedules

I realize many Government Installations already practice this, but I think the largest savings to Government overhead would be to allow deviated schedules. By allowing employees to work four ten hour shifts a week, or nine hour days with a weekday off once every other week the Government could have significant overhead reduction in energy costs. This would ensure that a percentage of the workforce is not using their... more »

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Work for bonds

With-in the federal government when overtime is not available and the worker is needed, I suggest that wage be paid to the employees by issueing savings bonds. The overtime is not paid and is an investment is for all.

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Schedule A revamp

My suggestion covers all federal agencies. I believe that when an insentive to hire a disabled person under schedule A in undertaken it should enclude additional sick leave for that individual. This person has already been determined to be at risk medically and has a greater need than the general employee in the area of sick leave. The limited sick leave for those individuals ads an additional stress as well as a hardship... more »

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elminate KSAs

eliminate KSA requirement for promotion or when applying for a position in another agency.

It seems to me that my existing job description and annual evaluation should be more than sufficient to determine my knowledge skills and assessments.

If applying for a job in another agency, then the same procedures for new hires should apply, which if i have read correctly, does not require the submission of KSAs.

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Kill the Jacket and Tie and Save Energy

In an effort to cut energy costs, relax the jacket and tie culture of government offices to allow for office buildings to have the thermostat set at 72 deg F or higher during the summer. Most desktop computers do not need to be cooled at 69 deg F. Conference rooms could be set at a cooler temp when in use but general office spaces are often chilly and require sweaters or jackets during the day, even when it is 90 deg... more »

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Transparency in FEHBP will drive down costs

Transparency in FEHBP will drive down costs
Require for all health insurance providers in the Federal Employees Health Benefit Program to publish the proportion of premium dollars spent on medical care, administrative costs, and profits for each plan it provides on the OPM website starting in 2010. Any provider that doesn’t meet the 80% goal should be flagged.
Even though the information will not be available at the beginning... more »

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Too Many Bosses

I suggest you...Save taxpayer dollars by cutting the number of supervisors and "program analysts" at many federal agencies. There is something wrong when the average underpaid high school teacher is expected to manage and evaluate 180 students or more on a daily basis (without the aid of supporting "program analysts"), but many federal frontline managers have fewer than 25 adults to manage and evaluate on a daily basis.... more »

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Operate the Federal Health Insurance system like a contract.

Instead of having so many choices in the Federal Health Insurance program, issue a 5 year contract (Base year and 4 option years). Select the top 5 providers based on price and benefits (including Dental coverage), each year the providers would be rated by the federal employees which have selected that specific provider, any provider receiving an unacceptable rating would not have their option renewed and a new provider... more »

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TIME wasted accounting for TIME

Simplify time accounting. For "salaried" employees, why count hours? Count accomplishments, count positive comments from satisfied customers, count money saved, widgets produced, etc. So much money is spent on recording and tracking and accounting for time that we could do a lot more useful work if that was eliminated.

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TIME wasted accounting for TIME

Simplify time accounting. For "salaried" employees, why count hours? Count accomplishments, count positive comments from satisfied customers, count money saved, widgets produced, etc. So much money is spent on recording and tracking and accounting for time that we could do a lot more useful work if that was eliminated.

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Eliminate Individual Performance Appraisals and Replace with Team Appraisals

Eliminate the individual performance appraisal and replace it with Team appraisals. This would encourage practices and innovation in government currently found in the private sector. Team performance appraisals are more efficient and effective, fosters team effort and innovation. Individual performance appraisals are ineffective, wasteful and fosters favoritism. Individual awards are given out with a cloke of secrecy... more »

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Allow private citizens to pay for their own security clearence.

There are many jobs with govt. contractors that go unfilled because they cannot find enough cleared individuals. There are also plenty of qualified applicants that are overlooked because they are not cleared. If private citizens were able to pay for a service to get pre-cleared, the govt. would have a new revenue stream and more folks would be hired. A win-win!

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