Department of Veterans Affairs

Portable Real Time Patient Monitor

Provide portable vital sign monitor for hospital inpatients when they come through the door including location so if a patient gets in distress the staff would be informed. This could be updated based on the patient acuity or the patient could push a button for instant update if they feel bad or need help. This would allow staff to prioritize help requests using the patient vitals as a resource to separate a request to... more »

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Department of Housing and Urban Development

Realigning HUD to the realities of 2010 and beyond

HUD doesn't need 81 field offices and 10 Regions. When that structure was created there was no FedEx overnight mail; faxes, e-mail communications, or delegated processing. We're still organized as though it is 1955. Have one Field Office per state staffed proportionally to the population in that state. There is simply no justification for 4 offices in Florida, 3 in Tennessee, 4 in California, etc. Reduce the number... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Utilizing Ready/Available Forces, Improving Longevity, and Reducing Spending

Much of our federal funding is spent on training our forces to complete very specific missions. Yet, due to various circumstances, the government gets very little return on their investment. For example, many active duty members deployed to Deepwater Horizon are receiving one week of training with only three weeks of contributions. The money and time being spent on training should have a longer payoff and could have.... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

FEMA's Conversion of CORE employees to Permanent Full-Time status.

FEMA could save money and better control its yearly budget by converting their CORE employees to a Permanent Full Time status. The agency furloughs employees due to lack of work to save money on payroll; but in reality, when theres a major disaster, they typically tend to call back the employees they released, of which approximately half of them come back while the rest of them either found another job or got tired of... more »

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Legislative Branch

cut program reviews

I suggest you cut back on the amount of program reviews that are conducted at federal prisons. Or, restrict the amount of money that can be spent preparing for the review.
The amount of money spent on wax and paint that is used preparing for the review is unbelievable.
Also, there is a large amount of money spent new equipment prior to the program review. The old equipment is needlessly thrown in the dumpster.

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Department of Justice

Federal Camp Inmate Volunteer Workforce

I suggest utilizing the gigantic inmate workforce available in Federal Prison Camps for Volunteer Work Forces. The camp inmates with the required skills for each situation could reasonably be put on furlough to the affected area (having signed as a VOLUNTEER, stopping any and all claims to payment from any person or agency) and required to check in daily with a local agency, either some local parole agent or any federal... more »

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Department of the Treasury

Save Incentive Program

I would recommend that the IRS be allowed to utilize it's call sites during disaster relief efforts to help when a crisis occurs. There are many talented people on the phones, assistors, and it would be a way to reach out to the community and world when help is needed. After a tour of duty ends it would be a way to increase volunteerism within the government and support the US mission of helping your fellow man/woman.... more »

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Legislative Branch

CAR POOLING

CARPOOLING SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED EVEN FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT LIVE IN THE D.C. AREA. GIVE INCENTIVES FOR THOSE THAT DO CARPOOL SUCH AS TIME OFF AWARDS OR FEMA GEAR.

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Department of Defense

Military Joint Base Ventures

Over the past 3 years, I have been involved in 4 Joint Base ventures. Only one in which the bases were connected can anyone see a savings. The pupose of Joint Basing is to save money, manpower, and resources. Joint Base San Antonio is a complete waste of money. Just from my small piece of the project, I can see an additional cost of over $12M due to growth in manpower and resources. So far, the Air Force has moved... more »

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Department of Defense

Time for a DoD Universal Pay/Personnel System

The DoD has talked for years about a universal system for the military pay and personnel system. There is a enormous need for this type of system. Although I am in the Air Force, I have served duty on different services bases. The member has to go to (travel) to their compontent servicing base to have personnel and pay items tended to. This wastes money and time. A universal system accessible by all components of... more »

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Department of Defense

Deployment Travel Excess Baggage Equate to $30M Waste

Military deployements are costing the taxpayers millions of wasted dollars in excess baggage charges. When we deploy, we have to take up to 6 bags of uniforms, weapons, and equipment items. The airlines charge at least $25 for each bag. Simple calculations show that 6 bags X $25 X 100K deployers X 2 trips (there/back) equate to $30M. It would be far simpler to eastablish a equipment issue warehouse at the hubs prior... more »

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Department of the Treasury

Dissolve IRS and Bring On Flat Tax

It is time for the US to evolve and get rid of the IRS. Euopean coutries have used flat taxes for decades and we still have a sytem that rewards having children, finding loopholes, and creating write-offs. The US should switch to a simple flat tax system so everyone regarless of single, married, have children, etc pay the exact same based on your annual income. The IRS has made taxes so complicated, it is extremely... more »

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Department of Energy

Mandate Alternative Energy for Federal Facilities

The gov't should be leading the way with alternative energy. It is time to mandate that all federal facilities develop a plan to run at 50% on alternative energy. Alternative energy is available through windmills, water generators, solar power and synthetic fuels. By forcing federal facilities to move to alternative energy, it reduces costs to the taxpayers and same valuable resources. I would much prefer to see a... more »

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