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Executive Office of the President

Connect the federal dots and cut the fat

The OMB Director directs agencies to “cut 5 percent of their budget by reducing or terminating poor performing or low priority programs…”
Haven’t we tried this before? In fact, we make budget cuts in programs within agencies as a regular budget exercise. Above the line, below the line.
I did a quick look on USA.gov. There are approx. 450 federal agencies, boards, commissions, committees, and that includes 15 departments,... more »

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Put unused money back to budget

I suggest that every financial year Federal Agencies will return unused funds back to the budget instead of using them all just because they were allocated for the Agency needs. This will prevent waste and ensure more efficient use of recourses. In addition those individuals should be monetarily awarded for the saving of budget funds thus creating incensitives to save.

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Put unused money back to budget

I suggest that every financial year Federal Agencies will return unused funds back to the budget instead of using them all just because they were allocated for the Agency needs. This will prevent waste and ensure more efficient use of recourses. In addition those individuals should be monetarily awarded for the saving of budget funds thus creating incensitives to save.

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Department of Health and Human Services

Cut DEAS - extramural support staff in NIH

Eliminate DEAS--extramural support staff. With electronic documents and many processes, ESA are not essential. Furthermore, their productivities and quality of work are not up to par in general. Overall, the DEAS system is not managed effectively. This is a waste of resources to keep these staff that do not really provide any support at all.

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

SMART Savings: Systematic Meeting Awareness Reeducation Training

Problem: Meeting Inefficiencies. Houndreds and thousands of hours in lost productivity, employee costs, travel expenses and overhead can be recovered by utilizing a systematic set of procedures and remote meeting software when organizing and executing meetings.
Conservative estimates of total federal meeting expenses are $8 billion dollars annually, (employee wages, travel expenses and overhead). Utilization of a systematic... more »

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Department of State

Incentivizing Cost-Cutting

To accommodate and incentivize shopping around for the best value, employees who use a shipping service to move their household effects and unaccompanied baggage which charges less than the government contractor should be reimbursed not only the cost of shipping, but also 50% of the savings accrued by the government . This same principle of rewarding conscientious spending could be applied to many government expenses,... more »

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Legislative Branch

Reimbursement for other than motorized transportation.

Save travel costs, energy costs, go green, and increase health of federal employees by providing low cost non-motorized transportation reimbursements rather than only providing the current high cost motorized vehicle use rates. If, as an example, just a couple percent of federal employees would use bicycles, small-wheeled transport, wheelchairs, kayaks, walking, etc. that could be reimbursed at 10 cents per mile instead... more »

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Executive Office of the President

Better more efficient government

I suggest we use more Industrial Engineers and IE tools to run our government departments better, more efficiently, more cost effective and with a higher rate of quality. There are many depts. across the USA that would benefit from being integrated to achieve a common goal. This is also true for many state run organizations i.e. law enforcement, doctors, Dept of Transportation. Imagine everything working in synchrony... more »

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Department of State

Make It Pay To Save...

We need to change our government budget culture where saving money is seen as a failure and is punished with lower funding. Each year, every government agency does its best to spend all the money allotted to it, even if it doesn't really need to, for fear that if money is left over funding will be cut to insufficient levels in the next fiscal year. In a sense, it becomes our job to make the government bigger. This culture... more »

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Legislative Branch

Provide non-motorized vehicle reimbursements.

Save travel costs, energy costs, go green, and increase health of federal employees by providing low cost non-motorized vehicle reimbursements rather than only providing the current high cost motorized vehicle use rates. If as an example, just 2% of the federal employees would use bicycles that could be reimbursed at 10 cents per mile instead of 50 cents/mile for automobile use -- many millions of dollars would be saved... more »

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The best idea

I suggest that the government goes paperless. The amount the government spends on paper that is wasted on a daily basis, improper printouts that range from the layout, to even the wrong item. The toner itself is expensive and requires the government to spend enormous amounts of funds to procure. Just how paper is wasted, toner is wasted also but at a more expensive price. There are only a couple of reason why anyone prints... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Acronyms Cost $90 Million per Year

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All Government Agencies should adopt the National Incident Management System (NIMS) method of addressing communications. “Common Terminology” The first time an acronym is introduced into a document the author should always write a long name in full, regardless of how well known it is.

Example: National Incident Management System (NIMS)

Benefit: Speeds up work flow. Increases productivity, Decreases mistakes.... more »

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Department of Agriculture

Leasing Computers?

My suggestion is to go a leasing plan with computers. The biggest problem we have is that when a computer life span is over then it either gets dumped in a recycling place or it is donated to schools. Donating to schools are great as long as the computers are functioning, but by the time a lot of the computers get to them, they have had their life cycle and usually on it's "last leg" I believe going to leasing computers... more »

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