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Going Green and saving millions with the s-drive

I suggest that TSA utilize the s-drive instead of printing all paperwork and storing in file cabinets. I have an idea that would save TSA millions if just utilized in one department alone the BDO Unit imagine if all departments and all agencies used it we would save billions. I have a whole breakdown with power points and graphs. Aloha Nic:)

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Computer Technology Systems upgrade

Our current computer systems use a User ID and Password for access to all programs which are use on a frequent bases, to get our daily duties accomplish in a timly manner. we could easily install a fingerprint computer program that would greatly enhance security while reducing compromising with lost ID security risk. Reduce log-in time one touch give you access to all programs. And Eliminate costly down time, for calling... more »

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Save fuel and Wear and Tear on Border Patrol vehicles by installing strategic gates on private property

Currently, In very remote areas, where the Border Patrol works on the Souther Border, agents often find themselves having to drive an additional hour or more out of their way (in their areas of responsibility) to pursue illegal crossings. One way that huge amounts of fuel and wear and tear on Border Patrol vehicles can be avoided would be to install strategic gates on private ranches. By working with private land owners... more »

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BALANCING LIFE AND THE MISSION: COMPRESSED SCHEDULING IN LAW ENFORCEMENT

Over the past few decades, many state and municipal law enforcement departments across the country have studied the advantages and disadvantages of implementing a compressed work schedule (CWS) for their uniformed officers and agents. “Lateral thinking,” coined by Edward de Bono (1970) is a set of approaches and techniques designed to find radically new approaches to problems - to come at them from the side rather than... more »

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Travel savings

I suggest that people be able to utilize the network to obtain travel for service instead of a government contractor. Many times people can find cheaper flights than what CBP travel agency can. We are requied to use them and at time the flights are hundreds of dollars more than if we were to do it ourself.

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Government credit cards

I suggest we be able to use our own credit cards for government travel. Why pay someone else when we can do the same thing ourselves. We did it that way for years and it worked! Furthermore if people are delinquent or misuse the card it is on them and does not become a matter of misuse of government funds.

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Save a tree, Save some dollars

My agency currently uses paper time cards, overtime reports, and leave slips along with the WebTA system. Depending upon your pay period acitivty you can have 1-6 pieces of paper. That waste can be avoided by using the same funcitons in WebTA. When you start adding up the amount of paper across my agency and others the cost grows. Do away with paper time keeping and go solely with electronic systems.

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mobile ten print readers

A mobile ten print reader to be able to take the prints & picture at locations removed from the Port of Entries --see recent NY Post article regarding the NY Police Department's acquisition of mobile fingerprint readers(machines also scan passports) -it was the July 11,2010 edition of the NY Post. This would be extremely beneficial for situations where a passenger cannot come directly to the Federal Inspection Area ,such... more »

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Reduce Issuance of Logo Pins, Pens, Keychains, and Placards

Discontinue or reduce the issuance of logo pins, pens, keychains, hanging placards for our badge clips, and other oddities. If we were to wear them all, we might be mistaken for the A&W waitress/waiter down the street where "flair" is encouraged. We receive these tokens for SSI awareness, Engage Training, Diversity Day, etc. We receive pins for DHS, TSA, and US Inspector. While appreciated, I can't help but think how... more »

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TSA Performance Accountability- Performance Improvement

Evaluate annually the airport TSA screening procedures (a representative sampling) at the airport. This rating then could be reflected in the performance rating of the Supervisors, Managers and Transportation Security Officers. This would motivate the team approach to improve and support the TSA Transportation Security Officers to perform their best on a regular basis rather than once a year at their performance evaluations.... more »

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Low Flow Urinals

These urinals have a full flush with just 16 ounces of water saving 88% over conventional gallon flush urinals. They look and work just like conventional urinals and the only thing the user notices is a little plaque over the urinal that explains how this facility is committed to saving water and how these urinals are helping. I have installed these at every CG facility I can with excellent results. To get that extra... more »

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Top Down Poor Communication

The chain of command is broken in CBP as far as good communication. The work has become so complicated with everyone trying to run their own empire and forcing it down on the workers no one understands the work they do. When you try to explain the situation to some of the OFO people they become arrogant, uncaring and will not listen. THey have their own agenda and do not give a damn.. The people then do not care and... more »

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