Showing 120 ideas for tag "savings"
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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Have the ability to see in real time complete financial status of projects

Managing projects efficiently has been a challenge at NASA White Sands Test Facility, or WSTF because required data was scattered across various databases and often was not current. The problem was solved by interfacing the different databases and consolidating the data in one location, named the Project Lead Task Order Status Report, or PL TOSR. The PL TOSR system generates real-time spending reports and allows project... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Sort SAVE Award ideas by common threads

There have been some wonderful ideas captured in the SAVE Award process. Also, many ideas are being repeated several times. It would be good to take a look at all the ideas and sort them by theme instead of agency and find the top ideas that way. For example, several people have suggested a post for recycling items that are useful, one was from NASA, DHS, and USDA. They all are suggesting basically the same thing, a repository... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Reduce physical travel by 25% through use of Virtual Meetings.

Reduce physical travel by 25% through use of Virtual Meetings (e.g., WebEx/LiveMeeting).

This reduces cost and environmental impact. Reducing hours/days spent traveling increases productivity.

Agencies should target specific C/I/Os and divisions with goals for reducing travel and replacing with virtual / telepresence meetings. This includes conferences, training, seminars.

Savings should be measures by travel hours... more »

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Department of Agriculture

Shortened Work Week

The government currently operates on the same 40 hour work that was established in 1916. Since that time technology has increased exponentially and with it employee productivity. A recent study showed that employees spend an average of 2 hours per day in non-work related activities ie surfing net, personal calls, etc. Author David Roberts writes that “France, with a 35-hour workweek, creates a greater gross domestic product... more »

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Department of State

Why are we still doing timesheets?

At the State Department, we have a "timekeeper" in each office who is in charge of submitting everyone's timesheets. Even though the vast majority of employees are salaried, and thus the "standard" 40-hour workweek gets reported even though most people work much longer. These must be submitted even if the employee takes no leave during the pay period. It makes no sense that we continue to have to submit timesheets every... more »

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Postal Service

Use USPS NOT FedEx for Government Savings and Security

At USDA/NASS we use FedEx all the time for packages and envelopes, especially for 'priority' deliveries. It’s no secret that the USPS is suffering. Instead of 'outsourcing' shipping AND bailing out the USPS why not keep all mail originating from federal offices in the federal system and use the USPS? The USPS offers the exact same services as FedEX and since it is in the federal system, in theory, our federally protected... more »

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Social Security Administration

Deceased but paid

Social Security currently loses millions of dollars and waste thousands of hours because of deceased beneficiaries who continue to get paid. We have a system called DACUS to track these checks and to terminate these checks. In my experience, the vast majority of these DACUS alerts are present because funeral homes do not contact the Social Security Administration to report deaths. We spend countless hours tracking down... more »

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Social Security Administration

Eliminate $255 Lump-Sum Death Benefit

This one-time benefit no longer satisifies its original intent, has never been increased with inflation, and does little to decrease cost of a person's final expenses. The cost to the government and taxpayer to accept, adjudicate, process, and make payment further decreases its actual value. Eliminate it all together and extend the solvency of social security; our most necessary trust fund and social safety net.

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Department of Justice

Stop Paying Federal Benefits to Inmates

Stop Paying Federal Benefits to Inmates

Ensure Federal Benefits Are Not Paid to Ineligible Incarcerated Individuals.

To eliminate the waste of taxpayer money government wide and run the federal benefit programs with more efficiency and save money:

(1) Identify all U.S. Federal Agencies having programs that provide individuals, or beneficiaries of individuals, with some form of federal benefit or federal aid.

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Department of Commerce

Have a 2nd "Run-off" round of SAVE Award Voting

There are too many SAVE Award suggestions in total for most of us to be able to go through all of them when voting. Why not instead implement a 2-stage voting process. The first round would be what’s happening now, but the suggestion here is to then add a 2nd round of voting on just the top 20 (or 50) vote getters from the first round – to narrow it down to the 4 or 5 finalists. (My apologies if this idea is already... more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Flexible Work Environment

I propose we eliminate the 1950’s cube farm approach from our federal offices and create a more flexible work environment. There are two keys issues here I want to present:

1. Elimination of government issued desktop computer, desk phone, laptop and cell phone. With 67% of Americans of working age owning a personal laptop (and cell phone), government provided office hardware is a duplication of what our employees already... more »

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Financial Reform

Rewards for spending LESS during the FY

Reward agencies who do NOT spend their entire budget. The race to spend all available money at the end of a fiscal year is ridiculous and counter intuitive. Why can't that money be saved in some fashion? Lets save teh taxper payer money! Absolutely no incentive is available for coming in under budget. Actually agencies in CBP are discouraged from spending their budget because they could loose money the next fiscal... more »

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Legislative Branch

Save $20M+ annually - Electronically Print & Deliver Congressional Record

The Congressional Record cost tax payers $28,390,000 each year to print and deliver to Congress. If converted to electronic format, voice and color enhancements could be added simultaneously with electronic dissemination to significantly reduce these costs in the millions of dollars. Additionally, speedier dissemination (via email, RSS Feed, special website, etc.), authentication and preservation would be guaranteed... more »

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Department of Labor

Eliminate redundant filings for injured federal workers

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Consolidate the process for filing a workers compensation claim and a request for reasonable accommodation under the Department of Labor’s Office of Workers Compensation Program (hereinafter “OWCP”).
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Currently, if a federal worker is injured on the job, the worker must make two (2) separate filings with two (2) separate agencies: the workers comp claim with OWCP and a request for reasonable accommodation... more »

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Department of Labor

EZ Pass

I suggest we obtain EZ Pass devices for all of our government vehicles (GOVs). We used to have EZ Passes, but they were removed from our GOVs recently due to some kind of micro-funding issue. Now employees have to pay the tolls with their own cash and submit travel vouchers for each trip, incurring an additional $5 Local Travel Claims Transaction Fee for each voucher we submit through E-Travel. Submitting travel vouchers... more »

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