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Department of Labor

Bring back a Civilian Conservation Corps Program

Creation of another CCC-like program for all of the jobless; instead of paying people to stay home, to earn the check they must work for the US in some fashion: building roads, teaching at schools, cleaning beaches, or even assisting in government agencies. Either a lot of good work would be done in the communities or a lot less people would want unemployment checks.

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Department of Veterans Affairs

End the End of Fiscal Year Wasteful Spending

End the "end of year" wasteful spending. Every September, federal agencies scramble to use up every last cent that they have been allocated and haven't yet spent.

The budgets are set up in a manner that actually promotes waste because if the funds are not spent, the budget will be reduced in the following year. This results in extremely wasteful, last-minute purchases, without proper preparation, trial of products,... more »

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Department of the Treasury

Telecommuting Privileges

I suggest that you increase the telecommuting privileges of government employees, conditional on the approval of their supervisors, from once a fortnight to as and when it is actually necessary for them to appear in the office for the following reasons: Most mid-level employees are involved in the production, editing and analysis of documentation so they rarely need to be in the office and their work effort is easily... more »

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Department of the Treasury

Stop improper payments to the deceased!

Reduce improper payments to federal benefit recipients made after death by electronically capturing their death notification from funeral homes (within 48 hours) and consolidated “Do Not Pay” databases, electronically match to their payment files, and stop the payment before it is disbursed. Improper payments reported after the recipients’ death by the four federal benefit agencies (SSA, OPM, VA, and RRB) in FY07, FY08,... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Health/Fitness Incentives for Employees

I suggest offering Health and/or Physical Fitness incentives to all goverment employees. By offering a cash or time off incentive for employees for taking better care of their health, the government could save on insurance claims, sick days, not to mention work productivity, etc. This idea could work with the HealthierFeds program. A criteria would have to be set up to determine what would constitute recieving the... more »

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Department of State

Maintaining a comfortable temperature

I suggest the federal government look at ways to stop using so much heat and air conditioning. Buildings are freezing in the summer, to the point that many offices use space heaters to stay warm. In the winter, offices are hot to the point that employees use fans. Keeping the temperatures at more reasonable levels would not only lower costs, but would make the workplace more comfortable.

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Too HOT, but way COOL

Many government office buildings are kept too cold in the summer, and too hot in the winter. It is not uncommon to see employees in sweaters in federal offices in the summer. This not only uses excessive energy, but sets a bad example for the general public. All agencies would save significant overhead costs for utilities by adjusting building temperatures a few degrees warmer in the summer (encouraging wearing short... 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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Judicial Branch

Prisoners Grow Their Own Food

Prisoner self-provisioning, whether in govern run or privately operated facilities, require prisoners to grow and produce their own food. It is much cheaper for taxpayers to provide the "starts" for growing their own sustanance. In growing and providing for their own sustanence, we are also educating and training them in job skills.

Reduces costs for support of prisons and prisoners. Increases job skills of prisoners... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

PROVIDE PERMANENT GOVERNMENT STATUS TO ALL FEMA EMPLOYEES WITH 3 OR MORE YEARS OF CONTINUOUS SERVICE

One way to have government Money and to help it to its job better would be to >>> Give permanent fulltime status to all FEMA employees who have served in their positions for 3 or more years. This would 1)reduce worker related stress 2) cut down on sick time
3) Decrease turnover and cost associated with training a new employee due to losing a fully trained Emergency Management Professional.


Most FEMA employees who... more »

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Department of Agriculture

Eliminate GovTrip

I suggest that GovTrip be eliminated. Do travel authorizations and travel plans in-house. This would save $13.50 per voucher processed. it would also save time because we spend time trying to firm up reservations through GovTrip that we end up having to do on our own outside of GovTrip.

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Department of Health and Human Services

Carry over money across at least 1 fiscal year; aka, instead of the annual summer money waste, save it for next year

The fiscal year cycles have become inherently wasteful, and as a result very frustrating. The annual scenario: we start the fiscal year in October on a CR, too worried about unknown budgets to buy even essentials until after Christmas (which, of course, greatly affects productivity); local departmental budgets aren't known until at least January if not March, and when budgets are at last finalized, frantic calculating... more »

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